December 08, 20121st2ndFinal
Bemidji State293766
Minnesota Duluth292655
Stats at a GlanceBSUMUMD
FG Percentage.491 (27-55) .328 (20-61)
3P FG Percentage.286 (4-14) .211 (4-19)
FT Percentage1.000 (8-8) .786 (11-14)
Offensive Rebounds716
Defensive Rebounds2621
Total Rebounds3337
Turnovers99
Steals45
Bench Points622
LeadersBSUMUMD
PointsCrockrell - 17
Jake Hottenstine - 17
ReboundsWalters - 10
Kristofer Jackson - 7
Jake Hottenstine - 7
TEAM - 7
AssistsRongstad - 3
Peter Crawford - 3
StealsCrockrell - 2
Jake Hottenstine - 2
BlocksCrockrell - 1
Brett Ervin - 1
Jake Hottenstine - 1
Second half effort guides Beavers past Bulldogs 66-55
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Second half effort guides Beavers past Bulldogs 66-55

DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) - After heading into the locker room tied 29-29, Bemidji State University men's basketball team posted a 37-26 advantage in the second half, en route to a 66-55 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory at University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn.

The Beavers were guided by senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.), as he posted 17 points on 8-for-15 (53.3%) shooting from the field and added five rebounds with two steals. Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) posted back-to-back double-doubles with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) added 15 points on a 7-for-12 (58.3%) shooting in a dominate performance in the post.

The first half saw eight lead changes and six tied scores as the two squads traded buckets for 20 minutes. Neither team found a lead larger than a pair of possessions. As the half wound down, the Beavers got a jumper from Noreen and a put back lay-up from sophomore Tor Anderson (G, Minnetonka, Minn.) to take a 29-25 lead with 2:06 remaining. UMD followed with a 4-0 run to close the half and the game was tied 29-29 heading into the locker room.

At the break, Crockrell was leading all scorers with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field. The Beavers allowed eight offensive rebounds that led to 11 second chance points for the Bulldogs. BSU tallied nearly half its points in the paint with 14, getting seven points each from of its bigs, Noreen and Walters. The Beavers shot 41.9 percent from the field in the frame, while allowing 35.5 percent shooting from UMD.

The Bemidji State offense found a rhythm early in the second half and it didn’t take long for the road team to open a nine-point advantage at 41-32 with 15:13 showing on the game clock. During that time all three BSU leading scorers scored four points. A minute later a lay-up by junior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) pushed the lead to double-figures at 43-33 and the lead stayed at 10 or larger the rest of the game.

Crockrell put the lead to 18 at 57-39 with 6:17 remaining, then the lead hit its highest point at 66-45 with 3:27 showing on the game clock. That would be the last bucket BSU would produce, but the lead was large enough to avoid a comeback and the Beavers posted the 11-point win.

The Beavers shot 49.1 percent in the game and held the Bulldogs to 32.8 percent from the field. BSU allowed 16 offensive rebounds that led to 17 second chance points by UMD. BSU won the paint by the score of 24-16. BSU only attempted eight free throws, but went 8-for-8.

The Beavers will host University of Mary and Minot State University Dec. 14-15 at the BSU Gymnasium to wrap-up the 2012 calendar year before taking a break for the holidays.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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