HANCOCK - Bemidji State came out firing to begin the game and that proved to be the undoing of the Finlandia University Lions Wednesday night in men's college basketball action at Paavo Nurmi Gym.
"They (Beavers) pretty much blitzed us right from the beginning," FU coach Terry Smith commented after his team's 122-61 loss. "We played like we were on Thanksgiving Day break early."
"But they're a good basketball team, give them a lot of credit. We just have to get better ... and get healthy."
The 2-2 Minnesota squad - coming off a defeat at Michigan Tech the night before - broke from an 8-8 deadlock to go up by a 21-14 count eight minutes into the game.
BSU embarked on a 15-0 run later in the half and opened up an overwhelming 67-29 halftime margin.
Coach Mike Boschee's Beavers connected on 9-of-16 from three-point territory in the opening half.
The point total by the winners was the second most ever scored in school history.
Bemidji managed a 55-32 advantage in the second half as both coaches cleared their benches.
Senior forward Keith Arnold paced the 0-4 Lions with 13 points and also had four assists.
"If there were any bright spots tonight, it had to be the play of Keith Arnold and Luke Paul," Smith noted. "They played pretty well."
Paul, the former Hancock High standout, was second in scoring for FU with eight points, connecting on a pair of triples. Dominic Morrow added seven markers and grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
The 2-2 victors were paced by Dermaine Cockrell's 20 points. Tor Anderson netted 18 points, Sean Jones followed with 17, and Mason Walter notched 15 points and a team-high 9 rebounds.
BSU held a 51-29 rebounding margin.
The Lions will meet Heidelberg College at the Alma College Tournament on Saturday.