|January 05, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.357 (20-56)||.564 (31-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (6-27)||.583 (14-24)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (2-3)||.500 (6-12)|
TEAM - 6
Rongstad - 3
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse) – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team entered Saturday’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at Minnesota State University Moorhead as the second (tied) best team in the league in 3-point field goal defense, as it allowed its opponent a 31.4 percentage from downtown. The Dragons - who entered as the NSIC’s best 3-point shooting team - broke that trend and hit on 14-of-24 3-pointers for a 58.3 percentage, en route to an 82-48 victory.
The Beavers (6-5; 4-3 NSIC, 4-3 NSIC North) didn’t help their cause and shot just 35.7 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Dragons (12-1; 6-1 NSIC, 6-1 NSIC North), who entered the game earning votes in the national poll, shot 56.4 percent from the field in the game and forced 12 BSU turnovers. MSU Moorhead had been shooting 3-pointers at a 49.9 percent clip heading into the contest.
Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) led BSU with 13 points and five rebounds. Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) had eight points in the first half, but finished with 10. Junior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) tied a career-high in points with eight and added six rebounds.
The Beavers fell behind 5-0 in the opening minutes of the contest, but five straight points from Walters knotted the game 5-5 with 17:38 showing on the clock. Another Walters 3-pointer aided a 7-3 run for BSU and the road team owned a 12-8 lead with 13:58 remaining in the opening half. The Dragons battled back and used an 8-0 run to open a 16-12 lead at the midway point of the frame.
The Beavers responded with an 8-4 run and the game was knotted 20-20 with 3:45 left in the first 20 minutes. A 6-0 Dragons run was ended by a senior forward Sean Jones (Seattle, Wash.) lay-up and the Beavers trailed 26-22 with 2:43 remaining. The Dragons then closed the half on a 5-0 run that included a 3-point dagger at the halftime buzzer to take a 31-22 lead into the locker room. Walters had eight points in the opening half.
A junior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) 3-pointer with 17:52 left in regulation got the Beavers within nine at 36-29, but 4-0 run by the Dragons pushed the home team’s lead to 40-29. Rosenbloom converted on a lay-up with 16:39 left and the Beavers trailed 40-31. MSU Moorhead came right back and opened a 51-33 lead with 12:05 showing on the game clock. A 4-0 run capped by a Jones dunk put BSU behind 51-37 with 11:20 remaining, but that would be as close as the Beavers would get. The Dragons domination from beyond the arc continued and aided the 34-point rout.
The Beavers regroup after a 0-2 NSIC road weekend and host Augustana College and Wayne State College Jan. 11-12.
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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).