|January 26, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.390 (23-59)||.370 (17-46)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.227 (5-22)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (7-9)||.800 (16-20)|
Crockrell - 13
Pryor - 2
Zomer - 2
Pryor - 2
Noreen - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) - Northern State University visited Bemidji State University Saturday and stole a 58-55 victory from the Beaver men's basketball team in a defensive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle at BSU Gymnasium. The loss places BSU back to .500 at 9-9 overall and 7-7 in league play.
The evenly matched contest had five scoring changes and four tie games, while each squad held a short-lived double digit lead at some point in the game. Northern State (16-5, 11-3 NSIC) shot 39 percent from the field, while BSU posted a 37 percentage. Both teams hit five 3-pointers and rebounds finished 35-34 in NSU’s favor.
The post play from Wolves forward Dustin Tetzlaff and NSU leading scorer Collin Pryor got the best of the Beavers in the second half and enabled the road team to gain a hold a lead. The two combined for 62 percent of the Wolves’ points, as Pryor went for 19 and nine rebounds, while Tetzlaff posted 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Beavers were led by senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) – for now the sixth game in a row – and senior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.), who each tallied 13 points. Crockrell added six rebounds, while Rongstad posted five boards and a team-high three assists to go with a 9-for-10 performance from the line that guided BSU’s 16-for-20 (80%) effort from the charity stripe. Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) scored 11 points and fell just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. Junior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) again put in efficient minutes off the bench and finished 3-for-5 with six points, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 23 minutes.
The Beavers started off strong, posting a 10-0 run after being tied 4-4 to open a 14-4 lead with 12:14 left in the first half. The Wolves countered with a with a 9-2 run that spanned nearly five minutes of game time to get within three at 16-13 with 7:40 remaining. Northern State kept coming and eventually tied the game 20-20 before taking a 22-20 lead with 3:38 showing on the game clock.
A pair of Rongstad free throws knotted the game up at 22-22, then Crockrell knocked down a jumper to give BSU the lead at 24-22 with 2:41 left. Unfortunately for BSU, it would only post one bucket the rest of the way, as the Wolves closed the half on a 10-2 run to ride a six-point lead into halftime at 32-26.
The first two minutes of the second half was all NSU, as it reached its largest lead of the game at 37-26 with 18:37 remaining in regulation. The Beavers responded with an 8-0 run that saw Rongstad knock down two free throws, junior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) hit a 3-pointer and Walters convert on an old-fashioned 3-point play to get BSU back in the game at 37-34 with 16:41 left.
NSU increased its lead back to eight at 46-38 with 14:01 remaining, but the Beavers didn’t back down and slowly chipped at the deficit to trail by just two at 48-46 with 7:12 showing on the game clock. BSU trailed by five at 54-49 with 4:36 left, and was able to get back within two at 54-52 with just 1:06 remaining.
NSU missed on the open end of a 1-and-1 and the Beavers had a chance for late-game heroics to strike again, much like the night before, but an unfortunate turnover with 32 seconds remaining forced BSU to play the foul game. Pryor went to the line and hit both his free throws to make it a two possession game and a desperation 3-pointer from Crockrell with 10 ticks left to extend the life of the Beavers was off the mark and the home team fell in the end 58-55. Senior guard Jason Edwards (Pheonix, Ariz.) heaved a meaningless shot from a little more than half court as time expired and it went off the glass and in to finish the three-point loss.
The Beavers conclude a four-game home stand Feb. 1-2, as Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls visit BSU Gymnasium for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. contests, respectfully.
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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).