It wasn't the prettiest game to witness, as a total of 56 turnovers and 47 fouls were accumulated, causing the game to lack any flow. Both teams pressed the majority of the game, creating many miscues.
"We thought tonight we could execute better," ISU head coach Wayne Morgan said. "We still have a lot of work to do. We need to become a better rebounding team and we need to stop turning the ball over. I respect the way Bemidji State played until the clock hit zero."
Both teams shot the ball much better after producing sub-30 percent field goal shooting games in their first outings last week. ISU shot 48.1 percent from the floor, including a 57.7 percent effort after the break, and BSU hit at a 46.0 percent clip. The Cyclones held a 38-31 advantage at halftime, thanks to a stingy defense that created 18 turnovers.
ISU made its first four shots to start the second half, but BSU countered by hitting its first three shot attempts to open the second stanza. The Cyclones mounted their biggest lead of the game (15 points) with 10:40 left after back-to-back lay-ins by Jessan Gray and Tasheed Carr gave the Cyclones a 60-45 advantage. The Beavers quickly answered with seven consecutive points to cut the deficit to eight, but Curtis Stinson hit a tear-drop to stop the rally, scoring two of his 14 points in the game.
Bemidji State never seriously posed a threat the rest of the game, as the Cyclones held a comfortable double-digit lead until a couple of late Beaver baskets ended the scoring. Clark finished the game going 8-for-17 from the field, connecting mostly at close range from nifty dishes by Stinson and Will Blalock. Blalock was one of four Cyclones to reach double figures, scoring 20 points and registering three steals. Carr had 12 points and four steals in the Cyclone win.
"We have a young team," Carr said. "We'll get our bumps and bruises, but it will ultimately make us better. With time, things will come together."
The Beavers were led by Spencer Carter, who had a solid night with 22 points and 15 boards. Duane Fields added 17 points behind a 3-for-6 effort from downtown.
ISU closed its exhibition portion of the season and will play its first official game next Sunday (Nov. 20), hosting Mountain State at 5 p.m.