Dragons upend Beavers, 70-55
Friday, December 7, 2007

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemcek Hall) - The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team kept the game close early but a 37-21 run to close out the game by Minnesota State University Moorhead put the game out of reach as the Dragons went on to take a 70-55 conference victory over BSU.

In the early goings the Beavers and Dragons traded hoops as the largest lead by either team in the first seven minutes was four points by Bemidji State. A three-pointer by Arron Evans (Sr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) gave the Beavers a 11-7 lead with 12:50 left in the half. Minnesota State University Moorhead closed out the half and built a eight point lead, 31-23 its largest lead of the game heading into the half. The 23 point first half was the second lowest point total in the first half the Beavers have garnered this season.

The second half started with the Beavers going on an 11-2 run to capture the lead for the first time since 11:56 of the first half on one Evans two three point shots. Evans three-pointer gave the Beavers a 34-33 advantage with 15:39 remaining on the clock. The Dragons Ryan Rozell tied the game at 36-36 for the fourth and final time in the contest at 13:17 and then hit his second free throw to give the Dragons a 37-36 lead for good.

The Dragons pushed its lead to 15 points on a 16-0 run over a 6;54 second span. The Dragons pushed its lead to as large as 20 points and the deficit was to much for the Beavers to comeback from as MSUM sealed the victory, 70-55.

BSU’s Seth Haake (So., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Evans helped keep the Beavers in striking distance in the second half scoring, seven and eight points, respectively. Evans and Haake were the lone Beavers to score in double-figures as Haake netted 12 points on 4-of-11 from the field and 2-of-6 from behind the arc. Evans chipped in with 11 points on 2-of-9 from the field and 2-of-5 from three point range. Haake led the Beavers with five rebounds and five assists on the night.

The balanced scoring for the Dragons was led by Ryan Rozell who had a game-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting, 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Blake Strouth ended the evening with 17 points for the Dragons while Kyle Nelson added 12 points and Justyn Burgess chipped in with 11 points to round out the double-figure scoring for MSUM.

BSU’s offense made just 20 of 52 (.385) from the field to the Dragons 27 of 58 (.466). The Dragons out rebounded the Beavers 36-to-34 in the game and outscored BSU 36-to-22 in the paint. The Dragons also used a 11 point advantage on points off turnovers to help seal the victory.

Bemidji State (3-6, 1-2 NSIC) falls to 78-81 in the all-time series versus the Dragons and are currently on a four game skid versus Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Bemidji State will travel to St. Paul, Minn. to try and stop a two game slide versus the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears tomorrow evening from the Gangelhoff Center. The tip is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).