|January 08, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Wayne State (Neb.)||24||37||61|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||WSCMBB|
|FG Percentage||.568 (21-37)||.429 (21-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (2-9)||.375 (6-16)|
|FT Percentage||.697 (23-33)||.867 (13-15)|
Rongstad - 16
Seroyer - 12
Rongstad - 2
Shelby - 1
Worthington - 1
Seroyer - 1
Rolfzen - 1
WAYNE, Neb. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team did what they needed to do find a 67-61 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory at Wayne State College Sunday. The Beavers uncharacteristically committed 16 turnovers, made just two 3-pointers and shot 69.7 percent from the charity stripe, but was an efficient 56.8 percent from the field in the victory that improved their record to 11-4 overall and 6-3 in the NSIC.
“This is an incredibly difficult road trip, especially since we played an extra 10 emotional minutes last night,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “I’m really proud of our guys to step-up and pull this out. For us to come out of the weekend with a split, certainly after what happened Saturday night, is a good statement for this team.”
BSU entered the weekend as the No. 1 team in the nation in turnovers per game (10.0), but the 16 turnovers are the second most this season, since handing the ball over 18 times in the season opener against then-No. 10 Metro State University. The free throw percentage was the fourth worst by the Beavers this season, but the field goal percentage was the best of the year as the squad went 21-for-37. BSU had been averaging about eight 3-pointers a game heading into today’s contest and were shooting from downtown at a 39.6 clip, but today went just 2-for-9 (22.2%), making one 3-pointer in each half. BSU continued to play solid defense and held the Wildcats to 42.9 percent from the field. With the win the Beavers improve to 4-0 after a loss in 2011-12.
Junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) and senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) each had 16 points to lead the Beavers, but they got there in different ways. Rongstad went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe and was 3-for-4 from the field, while Ellisor made seven shots from the field (7-for-11, 63.6%) and went 2-for-3 at the line. Junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) was the only other Beaver in double-figures scoring with 13 points. Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) had two points, but led the team in rebounds with nine and added a team-best seven assists.
The Beavers opened the game with an 8-2 lead 4:23 into the contest, but the Wildcats bounced back and knotted the game 8-8 with 11:48 showing on the clock. Sophomore Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) broke the tie with 10:12 left, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc.
At 11-11, the Beavers posted a 10-0 run to take the 21-11 lead with 4:30 left in the half. Five different BSU players scored in the run that took 4:14 off the clock. The Beavers had a matching 10 point lead at 23-13 with 2:57 left in the frame, but the Wildcats stormed back to be within three at 23-20 with 1:35 showing. Wayne State won the last 95 seconds 4-3 and went into the locker room down just two at 26-24.
The Beavers committed 10 turnovers in the half, but forced eight Wildcat turnovers and turned that into 11 points. BSU shot 50.0 percent from the field in the half, while holding WSC to a 37.5 clip. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc as the Beavers were 1-for-6, while the Wildcats went 1-for-7. Schalow led the team in points at the half, totaling eight off the bench.
The Beavers came out in the second and opened a seven point advantage at 33-26 with 17:17 left. The Wildcats came back with a couple of 3-pointers and the scoreboard read 34-32 with 16:19 left in the frame.
BSU continued to counter the Wildcats and held a small lead until opening its largest lead of the half at nine with a 46-55 advantage and 7:12 to play. The Beavers were able to hold off a full WSC comeback, but the Wildcats were able to get within one at 61-60 with just 1:37 remaining in regulation. After a timeout the BSU got a much-need jumper from Rongstad and the lead went to three. After a missed shot from the Wildcats, Rongstad came down with rebound and with 25 seconds left WSC fouled senior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.). He converted on both free throws to increase the lead to five. No last second heroics were in the script like the night before and the Beavers were able to get a way with a six point win.
A four-game homestand awaits the Beavers, beginning Jan. 13-14 when St. Cloud State Unviersity and Concordia University, St. Paul visit BSU Gymnasium for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. tilts, respectfully.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).