|February 15, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MINOT-M|
|FG Percentage||.483 (28-58)||.560 (28-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.393 (11-28)||.643 (9-14)|
|FT Percentage||.643 (9-14)||.808 (21-26)|
Walters - 6
TEAM - 6
Farrington - 2
East - 1
MINOT, N.D. (Minot State Dome) – After recording three straight wins, the Bemidji State University men's basketball team was on the losing end for the second consecutive game Friday, as it fell 86-76 at Minot State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest in Minot, N.D.
Bemidji State (12-11; 10-9 NSIC) shot nearly 50 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers in the game, but it wasn’t enough, as Minot State (9-14; 8-11 NSIC) shot 56 percent and hit nine 3-pointers. BSU turned the ball over 17 times – the second most in the last 13 games – and that resulted in 22 MISU points.
Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) guided BSU with 24 points on 9-for-16 (56.3%) shooting from the field and four assists. Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) scored 16 points to move into a tie for 13th all-time at Bemidji State with 1,129 career points with James Ellisor (2010-12). Senior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) recorded 14 points and six rebounds on 6-for-8 (75%) shooting. Junior Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) added 13 points on 3-of-4 (75%) shooting from 3-point land. Senior Jason Edwards (G, Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded a career-high seven assists.
A junior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) connected on a 3-pointer two minutes into the game and gave Bemidji State an 8-4 lead, but a 7-4 Minot State run got the home team within one at 12-11 with 13:50 left in the half. MISU took its first lead of the game at 16-14 with 11:04 showing on the clock.
The teams traded buckets for the next two minutes until Walters drained a shot from downtown, then a MISU turnover was answered by a Noreen 3-point dagger and BSU owned a 25-21 lead with 7:38 left in the frame. Minot State responded with a 7-0 run during a minute of game time and regained the lead at 28-25.
A pair of Rongstad free throws stopped the bleeding, but MISU poured salt in the open wound and added a 9-0 run to jump out to a 10-point lead at 37-27 with just less than three minutes remaining. Bemidji State cut the deficit to seven on a Crockrell 3-pointer, but a MISU dagger from downtown with just nine ticks left gave the home team the momentum and the 44-34 lead into the locker rooms.
Minot State made the first basket of the second half, but the road Beavers tallied the next 10 points to trail by just two at 46-44 with 17:13 showing on the game clock. BSU kept the deficit within two possessions, as MISU countered any run the road team attempted.
BSU finally tied the game at 55-55 on a Rongstad layup with 10:16 left in regulation. The home Beavers responded with a 3-pointer and followed that with a jumper and owned a 60-55 lead with 9:22 left. Four straight points from Rongstad got BSU within two at 61-59, then Crockrell stepped up and drained a 3-pointer to give Bemidji State its first lead since 7:38 left in the first half at 62-61 with 7:47 remaining.
MISU knocked down a 3-pointer of its own to retake the lead at 64-62, but an old-fashioned 3-point play from Crockrell gave the road team the 65-64 advantage. Minot State responded with the same play and with just over five minutes to go, MISU led 67-65.
After Crockrell tied the game with two free throws, Minot State hit a 3-pointer from way behind the arc and followed that with a defensive stop and two free throws to own the five-point lead at 72-67 with 3:28 left. Walters came through with a senioresque cold-blooded 3-pointer to get BSU within two.
But the momentum stayed with the home team when MISU converted on a 3-point play and led 75-70 with 2:37 showing on the game clock. The teams then traded lay-ups before Minot State hit a desperation 3-pointer, again from deep behind the 3-point line and MISU went ahead 80-72 with only a minute to play. The deficit proved to be too much for Bemidji State and it fell by 10 and now sits 6-7 this season in games decided by 11 points or less.
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).