|January 07, 2012||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||AUGIE|
|FG Percentage||.423 (30-71)||.493 (35-71)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (8-24)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.893 (25-28)||.735 (25-34)|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In an epic battle played in Sioux Falls, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell short of No. 21 Augustana College in double overtime 103-93 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest Saturday. Senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) posted a career-high 34 points in the loss.
The Beavers (10-4, 5-3 NSIC) were on the brink on handing the Vikings (9-4, 6-3 NSIC) their fourth straight loss with a three point lead at 79-76 with just eight ticks left on the game clock, until Augie’s top scorer Cody Schilling hit a deep 3-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime. After the extra five minutes decided nothing the teams went into a second overtime where Augustana simply hit shots and the Beavers didn’t.
“Augie had their backs to the wall and were really desperate. They came out and hit a few more big shots than we did,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “We played very well and I’m proud of how many times we fought back. Now we just have to re-focus and get a win tomorrow in another big and important game.”
BSU shot 42.3 percent from the field in the game, while the Vikings shot at a 49.3 clip. BSU shot below its average from 3-point land, going 8-for-24 (33.3%), after it had been shooting 40.2 percent from downtown. The Beavers missed just three free throws in the game, as they went 25-for-28 (89.3%). BSU had 14 turnovers, the most since the opening game against then-No. 10, now No. 1 Metro State University. The Beavers forced just six turnovers from Augie, as the Vikings earned a 14-6 advantage in points off turnovers. BSU is now 0-3 in 2011-12 against ranked opponents.
Ellisor went 11-for-20 (55%) from the field, 11-for-11 from the line and added seven rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) posted his third-career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) also had 11 points and added seven rebounds.
The Beavers jumped all over the nationally-ranked Vikings, gaining a 13-2 lead out of the gates with 14:55 left in the first half. The Beavers got nine from Crockrell in the opening minutes. BSU maintained the 11 point advantage at 28-17 with 6:43 remaining in the frame, but Augustana battled back to gain a one point lead at 31-30 with 2:14 on a 14-2 run. The Vikings maintained the lead through the rest of the half and had a 36-33 advantage heading into the locker room. Crockrell and Ellisor led the Beavers with 11 each.
Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) knocked down a 3-pointer for the first shot for BSU in the second half, but it took the Beavers 2:24 to get that bucket as Augustana opened a 42-36 lead with 17:36 left in the second half. The Beavers got down as much as 10 at 51-41 with 14:35 left, but went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to two at 51-49 with 11:11 remaining in regulation.
Two Ellisor free throws gave BSU its first lead of the second half at 56-55 with 9:10 left and the Beavers would lead or be tied for the rest of regulation. Schilling tied the game 64-64 with 5:51 left, but Walters responded with five points on consecutive possessions and BSU led 69-64 with 4:41 remaining. A Rongstad lay-up handed the road team a 71-70 lead, but Augie would battle back to a one point game at 71-70 with 2:55 remaining.
The Beavers again found themselves with a one point lead at 75-74 with under a minute and the ball. Unfortunately, the Beavers turned the ball over and the Vikings had it with 34 ticks left. With the shot clock turned off, Augustana had the opportunity with the last shot. Schilling got the ball with 17 seconds left and took a shot just outside the paint, but it rattled out and Rongstad came down with the board and Augie was forced to foul.
Rongstad made both to make it 77-74, then BSU fouled with nine seconds left to put the Vikings at the line. After making both Rongstad was again fouled on the inbounds pass and he went back to the line. He again made both and it was a three point lead, 79-76, with eight seconds remaining. The Beavers chose to play defense and did so until the last second when Schilling hocked up a 3-pointer from four feet behind the arc and a hand in his face, making it to erupt the home crowd and send the game to overtime.
The Beavers got down 83-79 to open the first overtime, but a Crockrell lay-up knotted the contest at 83-83 with 1:46 remaining. Augie retook the lead at 85-83, but two Walters free throws tied the game 85-85 with 1:02 left. Both teams had opportunities to take a lead in the final minute, but neither took advantage and the contest went into a second extra session.
After two Ellisor free throws tied the game 87-87 in the first minute of the second overtime, Augie responded with a 3-pointer to own the 90-87 lead, a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. BSU was within two with 3:37 left, but buckets on consecutive possessions for the Vikings handed it a six point lead and the Beavers just couldn’t respond, eventually falling by 10.
BSU hasn’t lost consecutive games this season and hopes to continue that trend Sunday at Wayne State College at 4 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).