|December 02, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Minnesota State Moorhead||31||46||77|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.396 (19-48)||.583 (28-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.150 (3-20)||.500 (8-16)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.929 (13-14)|
- 19||DJ Hamilton
- 6||Alex Novak
Xavier Reed - 5
Jake Lindfors - 5
- 3||DJ Hamilton
- 4||Andrew VanHavermaet
DJ Hamilton - 3
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team couldn’t find an answer to the hot hands of Minnesota State University Moorhead shooters Friday as the Beavers fell in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener 77-57. BSU had held its opponents to 39.8 percent shooting in its first six games of the season, but the Dragons were able to crack the Beaver defense as it shot 58.3 in the game.
The Beavers (5-1, 0-1 NSIC) struggled from the field with a 39.6 percentage. BSU was a dismal 3-for-20 (15%) from beyond the arc after shooting 37.1 percent in the season’s first six contests. On defense, BSU couldn’t find an answer to the MSU Moorhead bigs down low in the first half and the quick and shifty guard play in the second half. The Beavers were led offensively by senior James Ellisor’s (F, Glendale, Ariz.) 19 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) finished with 12 points on 4-of-7 (57.1%) shooting with three rebounds.
After an even first three minutes at 6-6 the Dragons opened a 21-10 lead with 10:09 remaining in the first half, as the Beavers couldn’t buy a bucket. A junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) jumper ended the drought for BSU and the squad started to chip away at the deficit. Finally with 4:28 left in the half the Beavers had battled back to a knotted contest at 21-21 behind five points from Walters.
The Dragons got back on the board with a 5-0 run in response to the BSU run, but again the road team battled back to a tied contest at 26-26 with 1:01 showing on the clock. Keeping in trend with the play in the first half, MSU Moorhead turned the momentum dial back to its favor and closed the half on a 5-0 run to hold a 31-26 lead at the break.
BSU shot just 37.0 percent from the floor, going 10-for-27 in the half. It attempted 11 3-pointers, but the previously hot shooting from downtown faded as the Beavers made just one from 3-point land. BSU was led by Walters’ eight points.
MSU Moorhead opened the half like it ended the first and posted its second double-digit lead of the game at 39-28 just 2:11 into the frame. The Beavers got the game back to a six point deficit with a Walters jumper that put the scoreboard at 41-35 with 15:36 left in the half. Just as quickly as BSU cut the disadvantage the Dragons got it back and then some, pushing the lead to 12 at 49-37 with 12:44 showing on the clock.
The Dragons were able to maintain the double-figure lead for the rest of the second, as the Beavers cut their deficit down to as low as 10 on two occasions, the last with 7:35 left, but couldn’t find a way to crack the 10-point mark. Every time the Beavers made an run to get back the Dragons made a play to stop anything BSU had going, finally pulling away, en route to the 20 point victory.
The Beavers look to rebound tomorrow at University of Minnesota, Crookston at 6 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).