Beavers fall 107-71 to Huskies
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Beavers fall 107-71 to Huskies
BEMIDJI, Minn.  -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team lost to the St. Cloud State University Huskies 107-71 Saturday night at the BSU Gymnasium in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game. SCSU jumped out to a 10-point lead in the game’s first 3:30 and never looked back.

The Beavers (7-14, 4-11 NSIC) were not ready for the in-your-face style of play the Huskies displayed Saturday night, as BSU was knocked-out early. SCSU jumped out to a 12-2 lead just 3:32 into the game, a senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 3-point shot with 16:08 reading on the scoreboard cut the deficit to seven and gave hope to the Beavers, who usually rally behind Haake’s 3-point shots. He struck again just a minute later with a 3-point basket, making the score 8-14, but this time it would light the fire under the visitor, as the Huskies rattled of nine unanswered points to stretch the lead to 15 at 23-8. Despite sitting about six feet deep, the young BSU crew didn’t give-up and were able to battle back to a respectable deficit of seven with 4:29 on the clock and the scoreboard reading 39-32 SCSU. The comeback included an 18-8 run from the 10:32 to the 4:29 mark, as BSU got scoring from five different players, including six points from Haake. Unfortunately for the home team, the momentum swung back to the Huskies and they closed the half on a 11-4 run that put the Beavers in a 14-point hole at halftime, 50-36.

SCSU slammed the door early in the second half, stretching the lead to 20 at 58-38 just 2:13 into the half. BSU was able to get it down to a 16-point disadvantage off back-to-back lay-ups from junior forward Patrick Cassidy (St. Paul, Minn.), but SCSU’s top-dog, Matt Schneck scored four straight points, including an alley-oop dunk on a fastbreak that put the Huskies lead back to 20. The road team just kept coming at BSU and it was a 30-point lead at 82-52 with, ironically, 9:11 left on the clock. SCSU’s bench then got into the beating and kept the lead in the 30’s, eventually settling on a 36-point win.

The Huskies, who received votes in the Feb. 2 edition of the NABC Division II Coaches Poll, dominated every statistical category, only failing to get two less blocks and shoot 1.9 percent lower from the line. The 100-point game was the second of the season for SCSU, as it handed BSU its third game this season where its opponent surpassed triple digits. Schneck scored 19 points and added six rebounds. Haake was BSU’s top scorer with 17 points and top rebounder with seven. Cassidy scored 13 points and sophomore guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) had 10, going a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) missed his second straight game due to an injury suffered against Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 30.
The Beavers make their final two-game NSIC road trip Feb. 12-13 as they travel to Minnesota State University Moorhead and University of Minnesota, Crookston.

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