|January 25, 2013||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.429 (27-63)||.429 (30-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.458 (11-24)||.353 (12-34)|
|FT Percentage||.769 (10-13)||.800 (4-5)|
Walters - 17
Edwards - 4
Crockrell - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – After suffering losses by five points or less in three out of the last six games, the Bemidji State University men's basketball team was on the winning end of a close game, as its posted a 76-75 overtime victory against visiting Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday at BSU Gymnasium.
Last season the Beavers (9-8; 7-6 NSIC) suffered an 84-77 overtime loss at home to the Dragons (14-5; 8-5 NSIC) and have lost the last six meetings between the teams. The streak ended in thrilling fashion, as BSU needed the extra five minutes to defeat MSUM. The final bucket came off the hand of senior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) who’s layup with just five ticks left in the extra session sent the Beavers into the locker room happy.
BSU went on an 8-0 run during the last 2:18 of overtime to lift it to victory. Included in the run was a 3-pointer from junior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) with 2:02 left, a 3-point dagger from atop the key off the sweet release of senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) with just under a minute left and a full palm block by junior Maxie Rosenbloom, (F, St. Paul, Minn.) that denied a MSU Moorhead layup with 27 ticks left to set-up Crockrell's heroics.
Walters capped the game with 17 points to tie for the team-high, but more impressively brought in a career-high 12 rebounds, with the last board coming off the hand of Rosenbloom's block. The double-double is his sixth double-double of the season. Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) continued his dominance and tied for the team lead with 17 points, his fifth consecutive game leading the team in scoring. He totaled 15 points in the first half and finished the game shooting 7-for-14 (50%) from the field and 3-of-8 (37.5%) from downtown. Noreen closed with 16 points and six rebounds on 4-of-7 (57.1%) shooting from downtown, while Crockrell scored all of his 10 points in the second half and overtime.
Head coach Mike Boschee used just three players off his bench in the game, but all three were vital, as Rosenbloom swatted away a career-high three blocks and added four points in the paint with three rebounds. Junior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) relieved senior guard Jason Edwards (Pheonix, Ariz.) for 14 minutes and shared the guarding duties of the league’s second-leading scorer, Anthony Tucker, and added four points, three rebounds and three assists. Junior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) stepped up and played a solid 11 minutes and totaled five points, which included a 3-pointer that clotted a four minute scoreless streak for BSU in the second half.
BSU shot 12-for-34 (35.3%) from beyond the arc, while MSU Moorhead posted an 11-for-24 (45.8%) night from 3-point land. Both teams shot 42.9 percent from the field in the game. The Beavers attempted just five free throws (4-for-5), while the Dragons went 10-for-13 (76.9%) from the charity stripe. BSU committed seven first half turnovers, but took care of the ball in the final 25 minutes and handed it over just twice. On the defensive end, BSU forced seven of MSU Moorhead's 12 turnovers in the second half and overtime to convert its miscues into 15 points.
The Beavers started out hot and jumped to a nine-point lead at 18-9, 5:04 into the game behind four 3-pointers and two dunks. Noreen has eight points in the run. The advantage dropped to five at 18-13 with 13:13 left in the first half, but a 6-0 run by the home team gave BSU its largest lead of the game at 24-13 with 11:42 remaining in the half.
Then came the Dragons, as the road team battled back to a two-point deficit with an 11-2 run that put the score at 26-24 with 6:54 showing on the clock. The Beaver struggles continued for the next three minutes and BSU faced a four-point deficit at 32-28 with 4:24 left in the opening half. A Rongstad 3-pointer got the Beavers back on track and stared a 9-0 run that flipped a four-point deficit into a five-point lead at 37-32 with just over a minute to play. A Tucker 3-pointer with just two seconds left spoiled the late Beaver run a bit and placed the halftime score at 37-35.
Tucker then hit another 3-point shot in the second half’s first 10 seconds to give MSUM a lead at 38-37. A Dragon layup made it 40-37, but the Beavers countered and went on a 7-2 run to open a 47-42 lead with 15:30 showing. The teams traded buckets until the Dragons knotted the game up 52-52 with 9:54 to play, then followed that by opening up a seven-point advantage in a 7-0 run and led 59-52 with 6:36 left. A Crockrell drive and score and a Walters 3-pointer ended the drought and BSU faced a manageable two-point hole.
The Dragon lead sat at five (64-59) with 3:38 remaining in regulation, but a layup from Crockrell and a cold-blooded 3-pointer from Edwards tied the game 64-64 with 2:25 left. A pair of free throws from MSUM, countered by a Noreen leaning jumper again tied the game, this time at 66-66. Tucker missed a go-ahead 3-pointer and set-up an opportunity for BSU to find the winning bucket. Crockrell let the shot clock wind down and pulled up for a 3-pointer with seven seconds left, but his shot was off the mark and the Dragons’ Alex Novak came down with the ball. In a fight for the rebound, Rongstad was whistled for a foul that put Novak at the line in a 1-and-1 situation with just 1.7 seconds left.
Fortunately he missed the front end of the 1-and-1 and the Beavers came down with a rebound to send the game into overtime. After two Crockrell free throws, the Dragons jumped out to seven-point lead at 75-68 with 2:18 remaining. With déjà vu of last season’s overtime loss when the Beavers failed to produce in overtime, en route to a seven-point loss, on the mind, it didn’t look good for the home team.
But experience and the home crowd moved the Beavers past last season’s loss and Noreen started the big comeback for BSU that ultimately led to Crockrell’s important layup and a much-needed momentum boost for the Beavers.
The Beavers host Northern State University Saturday at 6 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.
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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).