KENOSHA, Wis. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell 78-65 to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament Saturday. Senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the Beavers with 17 points.
“We missed open shots and it led to frustration,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “It was a carbon copy of the Jamestown loss. We had some times where we were on, but we had trials where we struggled on both ends of the floor.”
A freshman Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) free throw with 3:38 remaining in the first half gave BSU a 30-29 lead, but the Beavers were down 33-38 at the half. Haake hit a free throw with 17:14 remaining on the clock in the second half to regain a BSU lead. The game went back-and-forth for the next four minutes until UW-Parkside took a one point lead with 12:38 remaining on the clock. That would be the end for the Beavers, as the Rangers held the lead through the rest of the game, steadily increasing their lead.
Haake was one of three Beaver players to record double-digits in points. Junior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) posted 13 points and four rebounds and junior Brady Fairbanks (G/F/, Bena, Minn.) had 11 points with a team-high six rebounds. BSU shot 40.7 percent from the field, but only 13.3 from the 3-point line. UW-Parkside shot 44.6 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The Beavers begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at home Dec. 4-5. BSU plays Minnesota State University Moorhead at 8 p.m. Dec. 4.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).