|December 15, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MINOT-M||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.429 (21-49)||.426 (23-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (3-10)||.424 (14-33)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (18-24)||.867 (13-15)|
East - 6
Gandy - 1
Fraser - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Despite struggling from the field and turning the ball over 18 times, the Bemidji State University men's basketball team prevailed 73-63 Saturday against Minot State University to earn its third straight win and take a 6-3 overall and 4-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record into the holiday break.
Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) recorded his second consecutive 22-point performance to guide BSU. The Minot State defense couldn’t defend the senior from beyond the arc, as he tied career-highs with a 5-for-8 performance from downtown. He shot 6-for-12 from the field and was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Crockrell led a BSU team that posted 14 3-pointers on 33 attempts for a 42.4 percentage from long range. Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) also knocked down five from 3-point range – a career-high – on a career-best seven attempts. He finished 6-for-10 from the field to record a season-high 17 points. Rongstad added a game-high and season-best eight rebounds, with three assists and two steals. Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.)found double-figures for the seventh consecutive contest, as he contributed 13 points with three boards.
The home Beavers (6-3; 4-1 NSIC, 4-1 NSIC North) shot just 42.6 percent from the field, hitting 14 of their 23 shots from 3-point land. BSU committed 18 turnovers and handed Minot State (2-7; 1-4 NSIC, 1-4 NSIC North) 18 points off the miscues. To counter, Bemidji State forced 16 turnovers and benefitted 17 points. BSU continues to distribute the ball and totaled 14 assists, guided by a season-high five from junior Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis.). Minot State shot 42.9 percent from the field and hit on three of its 10 attempts from 3-point range.
A Crockrell 3-pointer four minutes into the contest gave the home team a 10-4 lead, then two minutes later a Rongstad dagger from downtown moved the lead to eight at 13-5. Minot State battled back to a four-point deficit at 13-9, but a 5-0 run by BSU handed it the 17-9 advantage with 11:25 remaining in the opening half.
MSU returned the run with a 5-0 streak of its own and cut the lead to three at 17-14. The see saw match continued as Bemidji State watched a six point lead with minutes to go turn into a two point deficit. Leading 22-16 with eight minutes to go, the home team failed to score for nearly three minutes of clock time and trailed 24-22. The teams traded buckets until Rongstad knocked down a 3-point shot from the corner at the buzzer to lift BSU to a 32-29 lead at the break.
Rongstad had eight points, three rebounds and three assists at the half, while Walters had seven and Crockrell posted five points. BSU had 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Shooting woes plagued both teams in the second half and neither squad could take a lead more than four. BSU had a small lead of two at 44-42, but rattled off nine unanswered points to open a 53-42 advantage with 8:47 to play. In the run, Crockrell hit a 3-pointer, Rongstad hoisted a tre and sophomore Tor Anderson (G, Minnetonka, Minn.) converted an old-fashioned 3-point play.
As expected, Minot State battled back and posted a 6-0 run to get within five at 53-48 with 6:50 showing on the game clock. A 3-pointer from Crockrell lifted the scoring drought and started an 11-2 run that knocked four minutes off the clock. The stretch was capped by Rongstad’s fifth and final 3-pointer of the game on a pass from Anderson, who was lying on the floor after fighting for an offensive rebound. With a 14-point lead at 64-50 and under 2:30 remaining, BSU was able to hold off any charge from the fellow Beavers and find its fourth conference victory with the 10 point win.
BSU shot just 37.9 percent in the second half, as Minot State hit at a 44 percent clip. BSU was clutch from the line with a 12-for-13 (92.3%) performance in the second half and 13-of-15 (86.7%) in the game. MSU shot just 68.8 percent (11-for-16) from the free throw line in the second half and went 18-for-24 (75%) in the game.
The Beavers head into the holiday break riding a three-game win streak and will come back to campus in late December for practice before starting up the New Year on the road Jan. 4-5 at Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
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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).