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Bulldogs report: Kahl’s last-second bucket lifts UMD over Bemidji State

Bulldogs hold on as Beavers mount fourth-quarter rally.

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Payton Kahl scored a layup with two seconds remaining to lift Minnesota Duluth to a 61-59 NSIC victory over Bemidji State in NSIC women’s basketball Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, before 451 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Senior guard/forward Payton Kahl scored a layup with two seconds remaining to lift Minnesota Duluth to a 61-59 NSIC victory over Bemidji State in NSIC women’s basketball Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, before 451 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Senior forward Brooke Olson scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs (3-3 overall, 1-1 NSIC), Maesyn Thiesen had 12 points and Kahl chipped in nine.

Rachael Heittola (20 points), Brooklyn Bachmann (14) and Trinity Yoder (11) scored in double figures to lead the Beavers (3-3, 0-1). Bachmann made a pair of free throws with 1:03 remaining to knot the game at 59, setting up Kahl’s heroics.

UMD led 51-42 going into the fourth quarter before getting outscored 17-10 the rest of the way as the Bulldogs shot just 33% (4 of 12) for the quarter.

UMD returns home for another NSIC game at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, against Minnesota-Crookston at Romano Gym.

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Drew Blair scored 23 points and Austin Andrews and Joshua Brown chipped in 16 points apiece as UMD stayed unbeaten with an 87-64 NSIC men’s basketball victory over Bemidji State before 492 in Bemidji.

Jacob Shields added 12 points off the bench for the Bulldogs (8-0 overall, 2-0 NSIC), who led 43-27 at the half.

Sophomore forward John Sutherland, a former Duluth News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year from Grand Rapids, had 16 points to lead the Beavers (3-3, 0-2) while Travis Bianco chipped in 10.

UMD will play Minnesota-Crookston in an NSIC game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Romano Gym in Duluth.

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