|February 04, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||UMDM|
|FG Percentage||.589 (33-56)||.500 (31-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (5-13)||.476 (10-21)|
|FT Percentage||.759 (22-29)||.813 (13-16)|
- 27||Brett Ervin
Walters - 5
Tesdahl - 5
- 6||Jake Hottenstine
- 3||Jake Hottenstine
Ryan Rasmussen - 1
Dan Kornbaum - 1
Reece Zoelle - 1
DULUTH, Minn. – Junior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) poured in a career-high 27 points to guided the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 93-85 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory at University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday at the Romano Gymnasium. Thirty-three fouls were called in the physical contest as the Beavers improve to 16-6 overall, 11-5 in NSIC play and 6-0 after a loss in 2011-12.
The Beavers shot over 60 percent in the first half and finished with a 58.9 percent shooting performance from the field. BSU has shot over 50 percent in six of the last seven games and are 7-2 this season when going over 50 percent. Crockrell scored his 27 points on 10-for-15 (66.7%) shooting from the field, 2-for-3 (66.7%) from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. He also added six assists and four rebounds, while committing zero turnovers in 38 minutes of play.
The Beavers opened the game with a 6-0 lead and never trailed the rest of the half. At 10-8 with 14:39 left, the Beavers went on a 21-14 run to take the double-digit lead at 31-21 with 7:12 remaining. BSU pushed the lead to 14 before taking a 13 point advantage into the half at 45-32. BSU shot a blazing 64.3 percent in the first half, while holding the Bulldogs to 42.9. Crockrell guided the Beavers in the half with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. The 45 points is the third most points BSU has totaled in the first half this season.
BSU cooled a bit and the Bulldogs were able to cut the deficit to six at 52-43 with 14:49 remaining in the half. Four straight points from senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) got the Beavers back to a double-digit lead and the advantage hovered between six and nine until the Bulldogs got within four at 64-60 with 9:38 to play.
The Beavers responded with an 8-3 run to open an 72-63 lead with 6:44 to play in the game, getting point production from four different players. The Bulldogs never gave up and got to within six at 79-73 with 3:57 remaining and the teams proceed to trade buckets. Crockrell then iced the contest with a dagger 3-pointer from the wing, while getting fouled. His free throw made it a rare four point play that handed the road team a 87-78 lead with just 2:07 remaining, before finishing with the eight point win.
Ellisor closed the game with 21 points on 8-for-12 (66.7%) shooting from the field in 24 minutes of play. Junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) had 18 points on 6-for-10 (60%) shooting from the field and three steals. Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Beavers now head home as four of their last six games are at BSU Gymnasium. BSU entertains University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead Feb. 10-11.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).