Beavers pick-up 900th program win in 88-63 victory against Golden Eagles
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Beavers pick-up 900th program win in 88-63 victory against Golden Eagles
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team got back to its game plan Saturday after suffering a tough loss the night before, defeating University of Minnesota, Crookston 88-63 at the BSU Gymnasium in an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game. The victory is the first of the conference season, while also serving as the 900th in program history.

The Beavers used a balanced scoring attack, while playing solid defense to down their US Highway 2 rivals. BSU shot 19-for-20 from the free throw line, outrebounded UMC 37-30, shot the ball at a 53.2 percent clip and recorded its first 20 assists game of the season.  

“(Tonight) was all about energy level,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “Tonight we changed ends of the floor, we are aggressive to offensive boards, aggressive to the rim and forced them to foul us and had a much better outcome. To maintain a lead and stretch a lead and have guys come off the bench like (Jake) Lindstrom, who played exceptionally well and brought another level of energy to us, that was really good for us.”

The Beavers needed the first six minutes to shake off Friday’s loss, as UMC jumped out to a 13-6 lead three minutes into the game. BSU then rattled off seven unanswered points to knot the contest at 13-13. The Golden Eagles responded with a bucket to regain the lead, but with 11:13 remaining in the half junior Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Beavers a one point lead.

It was then off to the races for BSU, using Lindstrom’s dagger as a catapult.. The Beavers made it a double-digit lead at 33-22 with 5:49 to play in the opening half. BSU kept the pressure on through the final first half buzzer, something that had plagued the Beavers in their earlier games, owning a 45-32 lead at the break.

The Beavers shot 47.1 percent from the field, while holding UMC to 37.1 percent in the first half. BSU shot 12 free throws in the half, making them all. Junior guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Beavers kept the pressure on in the second half, opening up a 21 point lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Lindstrom and sophomore forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) with 8:47 gone in the half. The lead never went below 20 for the rest of the game and BSU was able to get its newcomers some valuable minutes.

“It’s important for a variety of reasons,” Bowen said about getting the newcomers some minutes. “It’s fun for them to get an opportunity to show what they can do. I thought they played extremely hard and smart. For them to get out in the game and play a little bit can only enhance our practice. It’s good for them to get their lips wet and get them excited about practice again and make the competitive nature of practice that much better.”
 
Senior forward Patrick Cassidy (St. Paul, Minn.) and Walters led the team in scoring with 15 a piece, both adding four rebounds. Junior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds. Twelve different Beavers scored in the game. Freshman Jeff Whicker (G, Ketchikan, Alaska) scored five points in nine minutes, while freshman Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) had four points in seven minutes.     

The Beavers (4-2, 1-1 NSIC) host No. 4 Winona State University Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.

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

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