|January 03, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMDM||BSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.468 (29-62)||.527 (29-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (2-7)||.455 (10-22)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.654 (17-26)|
Ryan Rasmussen - 2
Riley Walker - 1
Ryan Rasmussen - 1
Dan Kornbaum - 1
Dylan Rodriguez - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- There was no holiday hangover for the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team Tuesday as it found an early lead and never looked back in the 85-72 home Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory against University of Minnesota Duluth at the BSU Gymnasium. Senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) guided the Beavers - now 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the NSIC - with 25 points and five rebounds.
The Beavers have now reached 10 wins in 13 games, the fastest since the 1973-74 squad found double-digits in the win column in their 12th contest and was 11-2 through 13 games.
After trailing 4-2 two minutes into the contest, the Beavers rattled off a 9-0 run to own a seven point advantage at 11-4 with 16:09 to play in the first half. The Beavers got four points from Ellisor during the run, while Dermaine Crockrell (Jr., G, Mesa, Ariz.) dropped a 3-pointer and junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) converted on a lay-up.
The Bulldogs battled back and went on a run of their own to cut the BSU lead to two at 16-14 with 12:36 to play in the frame. The home team then responded with a decisive 11-2 run that pushed the lead to double digits at 27-16 with nine minutes remaining in the half. Five different Beavers had a hand in the scoring during the run, which was jump started by a senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) bomb from well beyond the arc.
Minnesota Duluth got as close as nine with 2:14 showing on the clock in the first, but the Beavers would take a 46-34 lead in into the locker room. No Beaver stood out on the stat sheet in the first half as nine different players scored and five had five or more points. Tesdahl was the leader in points with eight, as BSU shot 58.3 percent from the field, while holding the Bulldogs to a 42.4 clip. The Beavers hit six 3-pointers in the first half, while holding UMD, who had been averaging 7.8 3’s a game entering the test, to an 0-3 mark from beyond the arc.
A Ellisor dagger from downtown gave the Beavers a lead of 17 just three minutes into the second half. The BSU lead stood at 13 at 68-55 with 9:12 left, but the home team quickly snuffed out any thoughts of a Bulldog comeback and opened a 19 point lead with 6:17 showing on the game clock. The lead went to 20 for the first time on a sophomore Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) 3-pointer with 3:53 left and the Beavers leading 82-62. Late 3-pointers cut BSU’s final victory margin to 13, but the game was never in doubt as the Beavers found their fourth win in a row.
Ellisor got his 25 points on 10-for-15 (66.7%) shooting from the field. He added five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes of play. Walters added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Tesdahl posted 11 points and six assists. BSU shot 52.7 percent from the field to post its best shooting performance in conference play this season. The Beavers continued to take care of the ball, by committing just eight turnovers to prove its No. 2 national ranking in turnovers per game.
The Beavers now turn their attention to the road with a tough NSIC weekend at No. 21 Augustana College and Wayne State College Jan. 7-8.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).