|November 20, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|University of Sioux||27||22||49|
|Stats at a Glance||USFM||BSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.259 (15-58)||.397 (25-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (3-15)||.318 (7-22)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.846 (11-13)|
Holland - 1
Ellisor - 2
Edwards - 2
Ellisor - 2
Kinnell - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team closed the final 7:12 on a 20-3 run to cruise to a 68-49 home opening victory against University of Sioux Falls Sunday at the BSU Gymnasium. Senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) posted 27 points and 15 rebounds.
The Beavers (2-1) posted a lackluster first half in their home opener shooting 33.3 percent from the field. Fortunately for BSU the Cougars weren’t shooting the ball well as it posted a 25.8 percentage from the field and the scoreboard read 27-27 as both teams went into the locker room. The game was tied five times in the first half, while the lead changed on four occasions. The Beavers shot just one free throw in the half, while the Cougars had 12 shots from the charity stripe, making nine.
The intensity picked up for both teams to start the second half, but the Beavers never lost the lead after senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) made both free throws 32 seconds into the half. BSU pushed the lead to six at 42-36 with 11:13 left in the regulation before the Cougars battled back with an 8-2 run that tied the game for the eighth time.
The Beavers held a slim one point advantage at 47-46 with 7:12 remaining in regulation and then it was all BSU. Ellisor started the run by converting on an old-fashioned three-point play. The Cougars came back on their next possession and found a bucket underneath, but as it would turn out, it would be the last field goal USF would score for the rest of the game. Junior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) knocked down a 3-pointer to hand the Beavers 53-48 lead with 6:14 remaining. On the other end of the floor, sophomore Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) put his body on the line and took a charge in the lane, then he came down and knocked down his first-career 3-pointer on his first-career attempt to hand the home team a 56-48 lead with 5:28 left. It was off to the races at that point, as the Beavers got more key stops on defense and were rolling on offensive end. The Cougars’ only other point came on free throw with 24 seconds remaining.
Ellisor has scored 27 points twice (at Metro State College Nov. 11) in this early season and his 15 rebounds was a career-high. He shot 61.1 percent from the field (11-for-18) and added four assists, two blocks and two steals in 36 minutes. Nine different Beavers scored in the game, but no one else posted double-figures in points or rebounds. The Beavers made seven 3-pointers in the game. The team has had at least five 3-pointers in all three games this season. The Cougars closed the game shooting 25.9 percent from the field.
BSU goes on the road Nov. 22 at University of Wisconsin-Stout for a 7 p.m. tilt before hosting the InnKeepers Beaver Classic Nov. 25-26. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member Southwest Minnesota State University, future NSIC member Minot State University and Michigan Tech University visit Bemidji, as BSU plays Minot State Nov. 25 and Michigan Tech Nov. 26. Both games are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. SMSU will play both teams on the opposite evenings at 5 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).