|November 25, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MINOT-M||BSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.391 (18-46)||.556 (30-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.364 (4-11)||.429 (9-21)|
|FT Percentage||.556 (5-9)||.833 (5-6)|
TEAM - 5
Thomas Korf - 1
Josh Johnson - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team shot 55.6 percent from the field, while holding fellow Beavers of Minot State University to 39.1 percent shooting in the 74-45 InnKeepers Beaver Classic victory at the BSU Gymnasium Friday. The win makes four in a row for BSU to match its best start since opening the 2003-04 season 4-1.
Bemidji State went 30-for-54 on its way to its best shooting performance of the season. BSU went 9-for-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc to continue its quantity of made shots from long range this season. Through five games the Beavers have hit 36 3-pointers to average 7.2 a game. BSU also continued its stingy defense, allowing a low shooting percentage and forcing 22 Minot State turnovers. BSU had 13 steals and turned Minot State’s 22 turnovers into 24 points. The Beavers are now allowing their opponents 38.4 percent from the floor, while shooting at a 47.8 percent clip. BSU had 18 assists to MSU’s six and won the glass 33-24.
It took about eight minutes before BSU got the motor running as Minot State held a lead or the game was tied until a senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) bucket put the home team ahead 12-10 with 12:09 remaining in the first half. BSU maintained a small lead until extending it to a first half high of nine at 28-19 with 4:41 showing on the clock. Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) put the Beavers up 37-29 with a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the half and that is where the score stood as the teams exited the court and headed for the locker room.
The eight point lead was guided by Tesdahl’s 10 first half points and three assists. The Beavers shot 57.1 percent (16-for-28) from the field in the half with eight of those misses coming from beyond the arc. Minot State had a good shooting half, keeping pace with BSU at 54.5 percent. MSU had 12 turnovers at the half, while BSU had just six.
Bemidji State got right after Minot State to open the second half as it went on a 10-0 run before MSU could find a bucket 3:39 into the half. The 18 point lead quickly went to 22 at 55-33 on an Ellisor 3-pointer with 13:47 remaining in regulation. BSU maintained its intensity and hot shooting through the rest of the half, en route to the 29 point victory.
Ellisor was the game’s top scorer with 22 points, he also added four blocks and four steals to tie his career-high in steals. Tesdahl finished with 13 points on perfect shooting, as he went 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. He also posted a season-high seven assists. Senior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. Thirteen different Beavers saw action in the game, getting at least six minutes of floor time.
Bemidji State continues its duties as host of the InnKeepers Beaver Classic Saturday as it battles Michigan Tech University at 7 p.m. The Huskies defeated Southwest Minnesota State University in the early game of the Classic 68-61. SMSU will play Minot State at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).