Beavers edge Cougars, 72-69
Sioux Falls (8-12; 4-12 NSIC)
Bemidji State (11-9; 9-7 NSIC)
2/2/2013 | Bemidji, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) | Attendance: 823
Sioux Falls274269
Bemidji State324072
Stats at a GlanceSFBSUM
FG Percentage.451 (23-51) .510 (25-49)
3P FG Percentage.313 (5-16) .450 (9-20)
FT Percentage.783 (18-23) .650 (13-20)
Offensive Rebounds128
Defensive Rebounds2219
Total Rebounds3427
Bench Points192
Statistical LeadersSFBSUM
PointsRader - 19
Rongstad - 20
ReboundsMaxwell - 8
Rader - 8
Rongstad - 6
AssistsMaxwell - 3
Edwards - 4
Walters - 4
Crockrell - 4
StealsMaxwell - 1
Moffitt - 1
Robey - 1
Rader - 1
Brown - 1
Edwards - 2
BlocksCrockrell - 2

Saturday, February 02, 2013

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) –The Bemidji State University men's basketball team got nine 3-point baskets, including a season-best 4-of-6 performance from senior Mason Walters (F, 6-7, 225, Milton, Wis.), to outlast University of Sioux Falls and gain the 3-point, 72-69 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium.

BSU senior Lance Rongstad (G/F., 6-3, 205. Eleva, Wis.) poured in a game-high 20 points, which included 10 points in the game's final 2:34, and led the team with six rebounds to help the Beavers hold off a late charge by the Cougars. Dermaine Crockrell (G, Sr., 6-1, 185, Mesa, Ariz.) added 19 points and four assists.

USF took the first lead of the game just 27 seconds in, but the Beavers would match the Cougars basket-for-basket during the first two minutes of play. A Zach Noreen (F, Sr., 6-6, 255, Avon, Minn.) layup at the 2:50 mark would swing the lead in the Beavers’ favor for the first time, 6-4.

The Beavers’ lead hovered around one point until Walters drained back-to-back 3-point shots, followed by a pair of free throws from Rongstad to put the Beavers up 22-13 midway through the first half.

The Bemidji State lead would swell to 11 points with 6:32 left in the half, but the Cougars would go on a 7-2 run to head into the locker rooms at the break trialing by five, 32-27.

Sioux Falls whittled away at BSU’s lead during the opening five minutes of the second half and took advantage of a 2-for-5 shooting stretch by the Beavers to claim its first lead since the 2:16 mark of the first half, 41-39, on a 3-pointer from A.J. Holland.

A dunk by USF’s Bryan Kielpinski gave the Cougar’s their largest lead of the evening at 47-41, but the advantage would be short-lived as BSU would score 10 of the next 14 points capped by a Crockrell 3-popinter to put the Beavers up 52-51 with 8:56 to play.

The Beavers would go up seven points with just over six minutes to go, but a late 11-3 charge by USF saw the Cougars grab one-point lead, 63-62, with 1:57 left on the clock. BSU responded with a Crockrell lay in followed by one of Rongstad’s two three-point plays down the stretch put score in BSU’s favor for good.

Rongstad was a perfect 5-5 in the final two minutes of play to secure the victory.

The Beavers finished the night 25-of-49 to shoot 51 percent form the field, which included a 9-for-20 (.450) performance from beyond the arc.

The Beavers improve to 11-9 overall and 9-7 in NSIC play. BSU is back in action next weekend as it hits the road for a pair of conference contests. The Beavers will be at Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday and at Concordia University-St. Paul Saturday.

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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).


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