|February 09, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||CU|
|FG Percentage||.508 (30-59)||.564 (31-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (7-21)||.571 (12-21)|
|FT Percentage||.850 (17-20)||.917 (11-12)|
VanPelt - 7
Farrington - 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Gangelhoff Center) – The bid four its fourth straight victory was spoiled Saturday, as the Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell at Concordia University, St. Paul 85-84 on a CU 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left. Senior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) posted 26 points and five rebounds in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss.
The Beavers (12-10; 10-8 NSIC) owned an 84-82 lead and the ball with 45 seconds left in regulation, but a turnover with 13 seconds left led to a 3-point shot from CU's Cordell Smith that dropped to give the home team an 85-84 advantage. Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) got a clean look at a game-winning 3-pointer, but it rimmed out and Bemidji State fell by one. BSU is now 3-5 in games decided by five points or less this season.
Walters scored his season-high mark on 10-for-14 (71.4%) shooting from the field. Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) scored 15 points and added a team-high five assists. He now owns 1,113 career points to move into 15th all-time at BSU. Junior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn) scored a career-high 14 points in his hometown on 7-for-9 (77.8%) shooting from the field. He also added six rebounds. Crockrell contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while junior Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) added 10 points on 4-of-6 (66.7%) shooting.
BSU scored 51 points and shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, but scored 33 points on 52.2 percent shooting in the second half due to nine turnovers in the final 20 minutes that led to 14 Golden Bear points. CU shot 56.4 percent in the game, 63 percent in the first half. The Golden Bears hit 12 3-pointers on 21 attempts for a 57.1 percentage. The 12 3-pointers are the second most the Beavers have allowed an opponent this season. Bemidji State went 17-for-20 (85%) from the free throw line. BSU dominated the boards 34-20, which included 16 offensive rebounds for 19 second chance points.
The teams traded buckets for the first six minutes, as Rongstad hit a jumper with 13:57 remaining in the first half to knot the contest for the sixth time. He added a free throw for an old-fashioned 3-point play and gave the Beavers a 16-15 lead. CU responded with a 4-0 run, but the Beavers followed with an 8-0 run that handed the road team a 24-19 lead with 11:20 left.
BSU pushed the lead to eight on a 3-pointer from Crockrell to turn the scoreboard to 35-27 with 7:27 left. But the Beavers were only able to post two more points in the next two minutes and the Golden Bears used an 11-2 run to take a 38-37 lead with 6:09 remaining. After trading blows, Rosenbloom converted on a lay-up to tie the game for the 11th time at 47-47 with 1:02 left and the Beavers followed with four free throws and took a 51-47 lead in the locker room.
It was all Bemidji State to start the second half, as the Beavers jumped out to a 13-point advantage at 64-51 lead with 15:05 showing on the game clock. BSU kept a lead as large as 12 during the next five minutes and with 11:21 remaining owned a 70-62 advantage, but the Golden Bears didn’t quit and started to chip at the Beaver lead.
A 14-5 Concordia-St. Paul run gave the home team its first lead of the second half at 76-75 with 5:35 left. Four straight free throws from the Beavers regained the lead at 79-76 with 3:40 remaining, but CU responded and two buckets and owned an 80-79 lead with three minutes left.
Walters knocked down a dagger 3-pointer with 2:14 remaining to give BSU the lead, then Rosenbloom came up with a big layup to give the Beavers an 84-80 advantage with 1:09 showing on the game clock. CU came back with a layup of its own and that led to the final 45 seconds that left the Beavers beaten by one point.
The Beavers continue their four-game road trip Feb. 15-16 at Minot State University and University of Mary.
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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).