|December 16, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NSU||BSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.500 (23-46)||.456 (26-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (3-10)||.421 (8-19)|
|FT Percentage||.556 (10-18)||.848 (28-33)|
Walters - 6
Ellisor - 6
TEAM - 6
Ellisor - 2
Rongstad - 1
Ellisor - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn - Junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) knocked down a career-high 27 points as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team used a second half push to down Northern State University 88-59 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home opener Friday. The Beavers came out in the second half and posted a 26-7 run during the first 10 minutes of the frame to bust open a 22 point advantage.
Walters went 8-for-13 (61.5%) from the field, a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and 6-for-7 (85.7%) from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds in his 22 minutes of play. Senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) had 17 points and six rebounds for BSU as he hit on all nine of his attempts from the charity stripe.
The Beavers move to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in NSIC play with the win. In all the Beavers shot 84.8 percent (28-for-33) from the line, making 10 more free throws than NSU attempted (10-for-18). BSU won the game by getting on the boards, owning a 38-20 advantage overall and a 16-4 edge on the offensive glass. The Beavers also turned the Wolves over 15 times and produced that into a 27-10 difference in points off turnovers. BSU continued to take care of the ball as it handed the ball over just 10 times. Entering the game the Beavers were best team in the NSIC in least amount of turnovers, averaging just 10.8 per contest.
BSU went over 80 points for the first time this season and continued its trend of holding teams to a low output. The Beavers have kept their opponents to 60 points or less on seven occasions this season and own a 59.2 points allowed per game average - second in the league and 23rd in the nation entering the game.
The two teams battled in the opening minutes an fought to a 14-14 tie with 12:23 remaining in the first half. The Beavers then went on a 17-6 run to gain an 11 point lead with 7:23 left on the clock. The Wolves then turned the tides on the home team and whittled the deficit to three at 38-35 heading into the locker room. Walters led BSU with 10 at the break. Northern State shot 56 percent from the field in the half, while BSU shot a respectable 47.8 percent.
It was all Bemidji State to start the second half as the squad opened a 22 point lead behind six different players scoring. Ellisor had nine points during the run, while Walters dropped in a couple 3-pointers and a two free throws to add eight points. The BSU lead never dipped below 18, en route to the 29 point victory.
Junior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) made his first appearance in the green and white and earned a start. He played for 24 minutes and contributed 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting (57.1%). Junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) added 11 points and six rebounds to round out the Beavers in double-figures. Freshman forward Dillon Floyd (Palm Springs, Calif.) saw four minutes of play in the end and posted a eight points, earning the first points of his young career.
The Beavers close out the 2011 calendar with University of Mary Saturday at 6 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).