FAYETTE, Iowa -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell to Upper Iowa University Sunday 91-80 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. UIU scored 57 second half points en route to victory, getting 61 points from its bench and shooting 15-30 from beyond the arc in the game.
“Upper Iowa shot phenomenal in the second half,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “We played well in the first half and were always in the game, but just couldn’t find a way to win. Our last two losses were against teams that were on fire from 3-point land, so we need to figure out a way to stop that.”
The Beavers (5-4, 2-2 NSIC) shot 53.8 percent from the field in the game, but UIU’s 69.2 percent in the second half was too much for BSU to handle. The Peacocks got 61 points from its bench, playing 14 student-athletes in the game, only three of which didn’t score. Both teams shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point line, but BSU was only 8-16. The Beavers were on target in the first half, shooting 65.5 percent from the field and gaining a lead of 15 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, before UIU knocked down two 3-pointers to cut the deficit to nine at the half. BSU’s nine point advantage turned into a one point lead for the Peacocks just 2:16 into the frame. UIU got 11 points from Keith Steffeck during the run, including three consecutive 3-pointers on Peacock possessions. BSU bounced back and owned a three point lead with 15:22 on the clock, but the Peacocks found a rhythm, taking the lead back with 13:57 left and never looking back. BSU was within eight for the next seven minutes, but couldn’t keep-up with the hot shooting from UIU. BSU was within six with 2:16 remaining, but the road-weary team would eventually would lose by 11.
Senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored a team-high 21 points for the Beavers, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line. Sophomore Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) posted 14 points, six assists and three steals in the contest. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) added 13 points.
In their next action, the Beavers take a break from NSIC play to travel to Northern Michigan Dec. 29.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).