February 16, 20131st2ndFinal
Bemidji State323163
U-Mary213556
Stats at a GlanceBSUMMARYMEN
FG Percentage.340 (17-50) .344 (21-61)
3P FG Percentage.241 (7-29) .256 (10-39)
FT Percentage.815 (22-27) 1.000 (4-4)
Offensive Rebounds911
Defensive Rebounds2927
Total Rebounds3838
Turnovers812
Steals73
Bench Points2027
LeadersBSUMMARYMEN
PointsRosenbloom - 12
Jensen - 17
ReboundsWalters - 10
Musungayi - 9
AssistsCrockrell - 3
Johnson - 7
StealsEdwards - 3
Johnson - 1
Tyler - 1
Jensen - 1
BlocksRosenbloom - 1
Crockrell - 1
Maslonkowski - 1
Musungayi - 1
Bench play provides spark in 63-56 victory at U-Mary
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bench play provides spark in 63-56 victory at U-Mary

BISMARCK, N.D. (Activity Center) – Junior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) scored a team-high 12 points and junior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) added eight points, as the two combined for 20 points off the bench to lift the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 63-56 road victory at University of Mary Saturday. The win improved BSU to 13-11 overall and 11-9 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

With the win and a Minnesota State University Moorhead loss tonight, BSU owns sole possession of third in the NSIC North with just one weekend left to play. BSU closed the four-game road trip 2-2 and finished the road portion of the regular season schedule with a 5-8 record.

Rosenbloom went 3-for-4 from the field and posted career-highs in free throws made and attempted with a 6-for-8 performance from the charity stripe. He also added six rebounds. Schalow went 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) posted 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) added 11 points and four rebounds. He is now in sole possession of the 13th all-time in career scoring at BSU with 1,140 points. Senior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) fell one point shy of his eighth double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. The 10 boards was his eighth 10-plus rebound game this season.

BSU shot just 26.1 percent in the second half to avoid a U-Mary comeback after building an 11-point lead at halftime. The Beavers shot 34 percent in the game, while the Marauders shot 34.4 percent. The teams each brought down 38 rebounds. BSU hit on 22-of-27 attempts from the line for an 81.5 percentage. U-Mary was a perfect 100 percent from the line, but went just 4-for-4.

U-Mary jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game, but the Beavers came back with an 11-0 run to own the 11-5 lead 13:24 left in the first half. Three different players scored in the run, guided by six from Rongstad. A junior Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) 3-pointer with 11:04 remaining handed the road team a 16-9 lead.

The Bemidji State lead hit 10 for the first time on an Schalow 3-pointer with 7:27 let that handed BSU a 22-12 advantage. With the lead back to 10, Schalow scored five straight points for the Beavers and the lead went to 29-14 with under five left.

The Beaver advantage was down to nine with 59 seconds left, but a Rosenbloom lay-up gave BSU the 32-21 lead heading into halftime. Only Rosenbloom and Schalow scored for BSU for the final 9:41. Schalow had eight points, while Rosenbloom added seven.

U-Mary scored the first five points of the second half as well, but a 7-0 run by BSU handed it a 39-23 lead 2:37 into the frame. The Marauders chipped away at the BSU lead, but a Crockrell 3-pointer moved the advantage back to double-digits at 44-33 with 12:26 remaining.

An 8-0 run by the Marauders got them back into the contest and trailing by just three at 44-41 with just under nine left. Rosenbloom stopped the run with two free throws, but a bucket from downtown by the home team got it within two – the closest U-Mary had been since the opening minutes of the first half – at 46-44 with 8:15 left.

Two senior Jason Edwards (G, Phoenix, Ariz.) free throws put the lead back to four, then a Crockrell fastbreak layup and a Rosenbloom free throw put BSU back up by three possessions and 51-44 with 5:36 remaining in regulation. U-Mary converted a layup to get the deficit to five, but then the Beavers posted a 4-0 run to get the lead to nine at 55-46 with 3:25 left.

U-Mary just didn’t quit and with 49 seconds left hit a 3-pointer to trail by two scores at 57-51. Forced to foul, Rongstad hit the backend of the two foul shot, then a missed 3-point by the Marauders led to a foul and two converted free throws by Walters. The lead would prove to be enough, as the Beavers avoided back-to-back losses.

The Beavers close the regular season with a home weekend Feb. 22-23, as they host University of Minnesota Duluth Friday at 8 p.m. and St. Cloud State University Saturday at 6 p.m.

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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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