BSU knocks off league rival Concordia University, 90-75
Friday, January 9, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team rallied in the second half to overcome a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Concordia University 90-75 to garner its second win at home during the 2008-09 season at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers shot better than 61 percent from the floor and hit 5-of-7 three-pointers in the final 20 minutes to down the Golden Bears.

Seth Haake (Jr., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) paced the Beavers and helped spark the rally tallying 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half hitting two threes and going 6-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line in the game. Jake Lindstrom (Fr., G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Brady Fairbanks (So., G, Bena, Minn.) were also a major part of BSU’s second half surge as Lindstrom poured in 12 of his 20 points in the final stanza with Fairbanks chipping in 10 of his career-high 18 in the final frame.

Freshman guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) helped BSU to a 41-31 rebounding advantage tying his career-high of nine rebounds. James Gibson (Sr., G, Miami, Fla.) tied his career-high dishing out a team-high four assists.

The Golden Bears were led by Mike Cunningham who led a trio of CU players in double-figures with a game-high 25 points while Craig Heiman added 19 points and Matt Cadwell had 12. Heiman posted a game-high 10 rebounds for the games lone double-double. Sammy Ricks and Cunningham each had a game-high five assists.

Cunningham got the Golden Bears on the board first with a layup just 33 seconds into the contest but a 8-0 run by the Beavers put BSU up 8-2 at the 18:15 mark. BSU continued to hold the lead up until the 11:12 mark when CU’s Heiman knocked down a three to give the Golden Bears its first lead since the opening bucket at the 11:12 mark of the stanza (21-20).

With the Golden Bears starting to gain momentum the Beavers got a much needed time out with the 10-minute media time out with allowed the Beavers to regroup. The Beavers came out of the break scoring six of the next nine points to knot the game at 31-31 with 5:53 left before halftime.

The teams would battle for the lead during the final minutes of the stanza, but CU would collect 10 of the last 15 points to take a five-point advantage into the locker rooms as the half.

The second half was controlled by the Beavers as they built a eight point lead on five second-half three pointers including two by both Haake and Fairbanks during a 24-11 run in the middle of the second half.

Fairbanks nailed back-to-back threes for a quick 6-0 run with 12:30 to play to help spark the run and give BSU momentum.

The Beavers held onto the lead late with near perfect free-throw shooting. For the game, BSU was 28-of-35 (.800) from the line including 17-of-22 in the second half.

The win marked the second in a row for the Beavers and the third in the last six games. BSU’s record now stands at 5-9 overall and 3-4 in the NSIC. Concordia University dropped to 6-7 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

BSU will wrap up its two-game home stand on Saturday night against league newcomer No. 24 St. Cloud State. The tip off is slated for 8 p.m. from the BSU Gymnasium.

Notes: BSU outrebounded CU 41-31...Five BSU players scored double figures: Haake (21), Lindstrom (20), Fairbanks (18), Cassidy (12), Hall (10)...BSU outscored CU 13-5 on second chance points...BSU’s bench scored 21 points while CU scored 16...The win snapped a four game losing skid to the Golden Bears...BSU was 8-of-17 (.471) from the three-point line while CU was 6-of-20 (.300)...BSU’s three conference wins ties last years mark...It is the first time since the 2004-05 season that BSU has had back-to-back 90-point games.

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