The Golden Eagles fall to 3-2 (0-1 NSIC).
Minnesota, Crookston dropped their opening game in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play Saturday evening as Bemidji State prevailed 90-58. The Golden Eagles were unable to stop the hot-shooting Beavers in the first half as they took a 20-point lead to the locker room and wouldn't look back. UMC kept BSU at bay in the second half but the Beavers' first-half performance was too much to overcome.
The Golden Eagles fall to 3-2 (0-1 NSIC) while BSU improves to 3-2 (1-0 NSIC) in their first game under new head coach Mike Boschee, who is in his first year after arriving from Central College in Iowa.
UMC was led on the evening by junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas), who came off the bench to have his best night as a Golden Eagle with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. UMC ended the game shooting a respectable 17-of-39 for 43.6 percent but defensively they were unable to stop Bemidji State, who shot 30-of-50 for 60 percent from the floor on the evening and 12-of-20 for 60 percent from three-point range. In addition to Harrell, junior Brandon Burns (F, Baton Rouge, La.) and senior Almir Krdzalic (Sr., G, Sioux Falls, S.D.) each added eight points. Harrell becomes the first person to lead the Golden Eagles other than Burns. UMC finished the game with 22 turnovers. They were out-rebounded 27 to 20. Harrell and Justin Rake (Sr., G, Petal, Miss.) led the Golden Eagles on the boards with three apiece.
Bemidji State had four players in double figures paced by 19 points from Zach Noreen and Dermaine Crockrell.
The Golden Eagles will return to NSIC play next weekend as they head to Minnesota Duluth Friday and then St. Cloud State Saturday.