BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team silenced any critics in 2012-13 and posted an 18-12 overall record to rank fifth all-time in wins in the 91-year history of the program. BSU won six of its last seven games and posted a 16-10 central region record, but was not selected to the NCAA Tournament Sunday.
After losing its head coach, the nation's player of the year and an all-region point guard, the expectations of BSU from outsiders was dim. The league coaches pegged the Beavers to finish tied for 12th in the NSIC. Bemidji State proved it was worthy to battle in one of the nation's toughest conferences and finished the 22-game league schedule with a 13-9 mark to finish as the No. 3 seed in the NSIC North.
Head coach Mike Boschee set the BSU record for most wins by a first-year head coach, as the Beavers made a run to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Saturday – their first-ever run to the championship game. Bemidji State fell to No. 7 Minnesota State University, Mankato, 73-68 in the contest to fall just short of an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
Seniors Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) and Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) were named All-NSIC Second Team at the conclusion of the season, while Crockrell and senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) were honored as All-NSIC Tournament Team Saturday. BSU also graduates senior Jason Edwards (G, Phoenix, Ariz), who ran the point for BSU and started in the final 28 games of the season.
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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).