Beavers win streak ends at Mary, 80-76
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Beavers win streak ends at Mary, 80-76

BISMARCK, N.D. (Activity Center) -- Freshman guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) registered a career-high 18 points to lead four Beavers in double-figure scoring as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team saw its season-long four game winning streak come to an end with a 80-76 loss to University of Mary Saturday evening from the Activity Center in Bismarck, N.D.

The Beavers fall to 7-10 overall and 5-5 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with the loss while the Marauders improve to 5-11 and 3-6 in the NSIC.

Joining Tesdahl in double-digit scoring were Seth Haake (Jr., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) with 17, Jake Lindstrom (Fr., G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) chipping in 12 and Jimmy Johnson (So., C, Andover, Minn.) coming off the bench to added 10. Johnson led the Beavers on the boards with five rebounds with two block shots.

Mary’s (N.D.) Geoff West paced a quartet of Marauders who recorded double-figure scoring totals with a game-high 19 points on 5-of-11 from the field, 3-of-6 from the three point line and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Jordan Wilhelm notched 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds while Jason West and Mark Bakkum each added 11 points.

It was the story of two halves for the Beavers basketball team on Saturday night. Bemidji State started the game on a 5-0 run in the first 1:12 of the game and was able to hold on to the lead the remainder of the half despite a couple comeback attempts by the Marauders. UM eventually got on the board at 17:53 off a couple free-throws by Danny Sandvig. BSU went on a 9-0 run to push its lead to 12 (14-2) with just 3:44 gone in the half. Haake netted seven of his seventeen points during the run.

A Patrick Cassidy (So., G, St. Paul, Minn.) lay up just before the 10-minute mark gave BSU its largest lead of the half at 25-7. Mary closed the gap to 10 points twice before the end of the first frame but a pair of free-throws by Tesdahl with 17-seconds left before the half gave BSU a 46-31 lead heading into the locker rooms.

As the teams came out of the break, BSU quickly extended its lead to its largest of the game of 20-points (57-37) on back-to-back jumpers by Tesdahl and Brady Fairbanks (So., G, Bena, Minn.). At the 14:14 mark of the half the Beavers started to cool off while the Marauders slowly started to heat up.

Mary tightened up its defense and went on a 10-0 run to bring the score to 57-47 with just under 13-minutes to play. The Marauders kept chipping away at the BSU lead and took its first lead of the game when Ryan Malm made a lay up, putting UM up 65-64 with 6:41 left.

In the final five minutes the teams traded baskets with all three tied scores coming in the final five. With the score tied at 73-73 with 1:37 left the Marauders Jordan Wilhelm converted an old-fashioned three-point play putting UM up 76-73. BSU had a couple chances to tie the game in the next minute but could not convert. Geoff West and Wilhelm sealed the win for UM at the free-throw line in the final twelve seconds lifting the Marauders to a 80-76 win over BSU.

UM finished the game with a 32-24 edge on the glass and used a 15-of-26 effort from the floor during the second half to complete the game 24-of-49 (.490) in the comeback. BSU was 25-of-49 (.510) from the field, 6-of-14 (.429) from behind the arc and 20-of-26 (.769) from the charity stripe in the loss.

With the loss Bemidji State falls to 1-7 all-time versus the Marauders and are now in sole possession of eighth with a 5-5 record.

Bemidji State (7-10; 5-5 NSIC) is back in action next weekend when the Beavers hit the road to take on Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers will face off with Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 24 at Romano Gymnasium. Tip off is set for 8 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).