|January 15, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
Minnesota, Crookston MBB
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||UMCMBB|
|FG Percentage||.464 (26-56)||.365 (19-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.318 (7-22)||.313 (5-16)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (16-22)||.682 (15-22)|
TEAM - 6
Rongstad - 2
Anderson - 2
Noreen - 2
Rongstad - 2
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) – Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) picked up where he left off Saturday and lifted the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 75-58 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory at University of Minnesota, Crookston Tuesday at the Lysaker Gymnasium. The senior posted 21 points against Wayne State College Saturday on hot shooting from all over the floor and stayed on fire over the weekend to post 26 points for back-to-back games with 20 or more points for the time in his career.
Rongstad also added a team-high eight rebounds and shot 8-for-13 (61.5%) from the field with a 3-for-6 (50%) mark from beyond the arc. After posting 47 points in the last two games, Rongstad has boosted his career point total to 982, 18 shy of becoming BSU’s 16th 1,000 point scorer in program history.
Seniors Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) and Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) were instrumental in giving BSU an early first half leaf. Walters finished with 15 points and six rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting from the field. Crockrell added 13 points and two rebounds, assists and steals apiece. Junior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) chipped in 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Beavers (8-6; 6-4 NSIC, 5-3 NSIC North) shot 46.4 percent from the field, while holding UMC (3-11; 0-10 NSIC, 0-8 NSIC) to 36.5 percent. BSU forced 14 Golden Eagle turnovers and efficiently turned them into 20 points. The win gives the Beavers a season sweep of Minnesota, Crookston, as they downed their league travel partner 90-58 at home Dec. 1.
UMC scored the first basket of the game, but an 11-2 run guided by 10 points from Rongstad handed the Beavers an 11-4 lead four minutes into the contest. The Golden Eagles countered Rongstad and posted a 13-2 stretch of their own to get within one at 16-15. Walters converted on a lay-up to end the run, but a UMC 3-pointer would knot the contest 18-18 with 10:59 to go in the first half.
Walters responded and again put BSU up three with a bucket from downtown. The score would start a Beaver run of 15-5 that handed the road team a 33-23 advantage with 4:27 remaining in the half. During the run, BSU got six points from Crockrell, who failed to score against Wayne State.
UMC converted on a lay-up to get to an eight-point deficit at 33-25, but the Beavers would continue to put the pressure on and opened a 16-point lead at 45-29 on a layup from Crockrell with three ticks left in the half. BSU took that lead into halftime behind a 12-0 advantage on points off turnovers and 18 points in the paint.
The Beavers scored the first bucket of the second half to open and 18-point lead, but UMC battled back to get with in 11 at 52-41 with 14:56 remaining. Rongstad made a pair of three throws to regain a 13-point, but the Golden Eagles got back to an 11-point deficit at 54-43 with 12:36 left.
The Beavers then closed the door on the home team with back-to-back 3-pointers from Noreen and senior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.). The lead went to 22 at 69-47 with 5:23 showing on the game clock on an old-fashioned three-point play from Crockrell and BSU never looked back. The lead went as high as 26 before settling on the 17-point victory.
The Beavers continue a three-game road trip Jan. 18-19 at Winona State University and Upper Iowa University.
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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).