|January 12, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WSCMBB||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.522 (24-46)||.480 (24-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.846 (11-13)||.600 (6-10)|
Rolfzen - 5
Bauschek - 2
Wright - 2
Edwards - 1
Walters - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team held an 11-point lead early in the second half, but failed to keep the offensive intensity alive and fell Saturday 64-62 to Wayne State College at BSU Gymnasium. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss drops the Beavers to 7-6 overall and 5-4 in NSIC play.
Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) recorded back-to-back double-doubles and his fifth of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) totaled a season-high 21 points on 8-for-12 (66.7%) shooting from the field and a 5-for-8 (62.5%) performance from beyond the arc. Junior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) got the Beavers going early and scored nine of his 13 points in the first half. He shot 6-of-8 (75%) from the field. Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) was held scoreless in 36 minutes of play, as he went 0-for-6 from the field, 0-for-3 from 3-point land and didn’t attempt a free throw. The senior did lead the team with five assists.
The Beavers (7-6; 5-4 NSIC, 4-3 NSIC North) were on the wrong end of a two-point decision Saturday after defeating Augustana College 69-67 the night before. The Wildcats (10-5; 4-5 NSIC, 2-5 NSIC South) shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half to help erase the 11-point deficit. BSU shot 48 percent in the game and hit eight 3-pointers, five of which came in the second half. The teams were even across the stat board, the Beavers just didn’t execute down the stretch to find the win.
The Beavers’ first seven points of the game were scored by Noreen, as he gave BSU a 7-4 lead three minutes into the contest. The lead went to eight at 17-9 on a Rongstad 3-pointer on a dish from Crockrell. The Wildcats came back with a 7-2 run to close the gap and trail 19-16 with 9:56 remaining in the first half.
WSC maintained pressure on both ends of the floor all the way to its first lead of the game at 26-23 with 5:49 left in the opening half. Eight straight points from Walters got the home team back on track and aided an 8-2 run that put BSU ahead 31-28 with 2:20 showing on the clock. A lay-up from Rongstad capped the half for the Beavers, as they held the 33-28 lead at the break.
The Wildcats failed to score for the final 5:07 of the first half, enabling BSU to gain the lead. The Beavers shot 48.3 percent from the field in the frame and turned seven offensive rebounds into a 13-6 advantage in second chance points.
The Beaver defense continued to stifle the Wildcat offense and held WSC to just eight points in the first five minutes of the second half. BSU also found a groove offensively and opened an 11-point lead at 47-36 with 15:19 left in regulation. In the run, Rongstad hit on three 3-pointers in a matter of 3:23 of game time.
Unfortunately for BSU, the rest of the half would belong to Wayne State, as the Beavers would only score 15 points for the remainder of the game. WSC quickly got back into the contest with a 15-4 run over five minutes and knotted the score 51-51 with 9:21 left. Walters ended the Beaver drought with a lay-up, but the Wildcats kept their foot on the gas and found their first lead of the half at 57-56 with 5:20 showing on the clock.
The lead went to four before Noreen tallied four points for BSU and tied the game 60-60 with 2:29 left. WSC regained the lead with a jumper with 1:50 to play. On the other end, Walters missed on a go-ahead 3-point attempt and the Wildcats came down with the rebound. The opportunity to move the game to a two possession affair was foiled by senior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.), as he stole the ball, then was fouled later in the BSU possession and went to the line with 52 ticks remaining.
BSU had missed three free throws (2-of-5) earlier in the half, but Edwards was cool at the line and sank both to tie the game for the ninth time. The Beavers played perfect defense for 34 seconds of the 35 second shot clock, but Rongstad was whistled for a foul on desperation 3-point attempt by the Wildcats and the road team went to the line. WSC hit on the first and last shots from the charity stripe and held a slim 64-62 lead with 16 seconds to go. Just like the night before the game came down to the last possession, but this time the Beavers weren’t able to get a decent shot off and felt the sting of their sixth loss of the season.
The Beavers open a three-game road trip Jan. 15 with a jaunt to University of Minnesota, Crookston for an 8 p.m tipoff. .
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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).