Beavers gear-up for Bulldogs
Friday, January 22, 2010

Beavers gear-up for Bulldogs

This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team hosts University of Minnesota Duluth in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference played at 4 p.m. in the BSU Gymnasium.  
About Bemidji State:  The Beavers are 6-10 overall and 3-7 in NSIC play, holding down the 13th spot in conference standings. BSU went 1-1 last weekend in two NSIC home games, falling to Northern State University 67-65 on a last second shot, before rebounding and defeating University of Mary 81-59.

• With the decisive victory against U-Mary, BSU snapped a seven-game losing streak that dated back to Dec. 12 when it defeated then-No. 17 Winona State 88-87 in overtime in Winona, Minn.
• The Beavers are the best free throw shooting team in the conference, going 252-of-327 (77.1) from the line. In conference games, BSU is 156-of-196 (79.6) from the charity stripe.
• Senior Seth Haake has 17.4 points per game this season, which is fourth in the league and his 19.0 points per game in NSIC play is third.
• Haake is 20 points shy of scoring 1,000 points in his career. The last player to score 1,000 points at BSU was All-America Charles Hanks (2001-04).
About Minnesota Duluth: The Bulldogs are 7-10 overall and 4-6 in NSIC play this season, sitting tied with Upper Iowa for ninth in league standings. UMD has lost four of its last five games, going 1-1 last weekend against University of Mary (W, 74-69) and Northern State University (L, 48-71). Sophomore Ryan Rasmussen leads the team in points per game at a 14.6 clip, playing and starting in 10 games. Senior Ron White is averaging 14.4 points and leads the team in rebounds and assists per game with 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest.  

Series History: BSU is 35-82 all-time against the Bulldogs in a storied history dating back to the 1930-31 season. The Beavers have lost their last seven contests against UMD, with their last win coming in the 2003-04 campaign. Last season at the BSU Gymnasium, the Beavers and Bulldogs battled in an epic four-overtime game that ended with UMD coming out victorious 126-124.

Comparison in NSIC Statistics
Minnesota Duluth        Bemidji State
65.9, 14th    Scoring Offense    7th, 74.0
75.9, 13th    Scoring Defense    12th, 74.3
69.6, 11th    Free Throw %    1st, 77.1
39.9, 14th    Field Goal %    4th, 47.9
37.7, 5th    3-Point FG %    7th, 35.5
-6.0, 14th    Rebounding Margin    10th, +1.1
4.18, 3rd    Blocked Shots    11th, 2.25
13.00, 12th    Assists    6th, 15.13
-1.00, 8th    Turnover Margin    7th, -0.56      
Last Action: The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend Jan. 15-16, losing to Northern State 67-65 on a last second shot, before rebounding and defeating University of Mary 81-59.

Jan. 15 - vs. Northern State: On multiple occasions, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team was able to play strong defense for the majority of a possession in the 67-65 loss to Northern State University Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at the BSU Gymnasium. But on multiple occasions, NSU was able to find a way to make a shot with just seconds left on the shot clock. This was no different in the Wolves’ final possession, as Mitch Boeck hit a game-winning shot with just 0.03 seconds left on the clock to give NSU its second conference win of the season. BSU has now lost seven straight games and its last six in conference play.
    The Beavers (5-10, 2-7 NSIC) tied the game on a sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, MInn.) drive and lay-up with 24 seconds remaining, tying the game for the 12th time. With the shot clock turned off, NSU had the last chance to score and converted with just a mere snap of the fingers left on the scoreboard. The Beavers put a solid game together, but couldn’t find a way to be on the winning end of a hard fought battle.
    The Wolves (6-9, 2-6 NSIC) started the game strong, owning a 20-13 lead after nine minutes of play. BSU then put together a 7-0 run to tie the game 20-20, getting all the scoring from three bench players. The game then became a see-saw contest with the teams trading buckets through the half. NSU was on top 34-33 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
    The second half continued the back-and-forth play through the first six minutes of the frame, as the score was knotted for the ninth time in the game at 42-42. NSU scored with 13:51 remaining in the half to take a two point lead that reached its peak at eight with 6:47 left, and a score of 59-54. The Beavers then put together a 12-1 run to own a three point advantage with 2:41 remaining. The run included five points from freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.). A 3-point play from NSU’s Jordan King tied the game at 63-63 with 2:21 remaining. The Wolves made it 65-63 with 1:26 left and had a chance to make it a four-point game at the line after BSU missed a 3-point attempt and fouled on the NSU possession. Fortunately for the home team, the Wolves missed both free throws and that set-up Tesdahl’s drive and bucket.
    Senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the Beavers in scoring with 18 points and in rebounding with six. He also added four steals and three assists. Rongstad had 13 points three rebounds and three assists. Tesdahl also scored in double-figures with 11 on 5-of-8 shooting and five rebounds. NSU shot 51 percent from the field, which included 59.1 percent in the second half. BSU shot 40.4 percent from the field and 29.4 from beyond the arc, while the Wolves were 6-of-15 (40%) from downtown. The Beavers are a 77 percent shooting team from the line this season that ranks them first in the conference and seventh in the nation in that category, but BSU only went 14-of-19 (73.7%) from the line in the game.
Jan. 16 - vs. University of Mary:  The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team was a locomotive tearing up the tracks and the University of Mary were innocent bystanders stuck in the path Saturday as BSU snapped a seven-game losing streak with a decisive 81-59 victory in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at the BSU Gymnasium.
    Senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the team in scoring with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, while adding a team-high seven assists that tied his career-high. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) scored 17 points, adding seven rebounds and three steals in his most complete game since BSU downed then-No. 17 Winona State 88-87 in overtime, Dec. 12. That win was the last before Saturday evening for BSU as they broke the month-long drought. Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, MInn.) had a game and career-high 10 rebounds, while adding eight points and five assists.
    The Beavers (6-10, 3-7 NSIC) an Marauders (9-7, 5-4 NSIC) were tied 10-10 after the first five minutes of play, then BSU took over. A 11-2 run that took seven minutes put the Beavers in a commanding nine point lead. In the run, BSU got offensive production from five different players. U-Mary came back with a 11-6 run to make the score 27-23 with 3:30 remaining in the half. The Beavers then responded with a 9-4 stretch to close the half and own a 36-27 lead heading into the locker room. The final run was capped with an old fashioned three-point play from Tesdahl with four seconds on the clock. BSU earned a lot of its points on lay-ups in the first half, dominating the paint with 22 points to U-Mary’s 10.
    In the second half, it didn’t take long for BSU to close the deal, as it used a 13-6 run in the first five minutes of the second half to gain a 16 point lead. It was a 20 point lead at the 13:26 mark on a lay-up from freshman Burke Lendl (F, St. Michael, Minn.). The lead never dipped below 20 points for the remainder of the contest, en route to the 22 point victory, the largest in conference play for BSU since defeating University of Minnesota, Crookston 82-60 on Feb. 4, 2006 in Crookston.
    BSU had its second best shooting night of the season at a 59.2 clip. The best free throw shooing team in the conference went 17-of-21 (81%) in the game. The Beavers also recorded their third game with 20 or more assists, going 3-0 in those contests. Freshman forward David Berthene (Lakeville, Minn.) scored 12 points. Freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) earned his third consecutive start and scored nine points, adding six rebounds. BSU played all 10 of its players on the active roster in the game.

NSIC Preseason Poll: The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is ranked ninth in the 2009-10 edition of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving 89 points. The Beavers are coming off a year where they finished tied for 10th in the NSIC with a 6-14 record.

NSIC Preseason Player to Watch: Senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) played and started in all 27 games for the Beavers in 2008-09, leading the team in points (13.9 p/g), rebounds (4.7 r/g), minutes (30.4 m/g) and steals (1.7 s/g), while finishing second on the team in assists (2.0 a/g). His 13.9 points per game was the most by a Beaver player since 2003-04 and ranked 12th in overall scoring in the NSIC. Haake earned his first career NSIC Player of the Week award after leading BSU in a 3-0 week, Jan. 6-10, which included wins over Dickinson State, Concordia University and St. Cloud State. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 60 percent from the floor in the three games. In NSIC play he averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.25 assists and shot .526 from the floor. Haake had a team-high 20 games in double-figures in scoring, including six games with over 20 points.

Bowen in Season Openers: Head coach Matt Bowen earned his first victory in season openers in his four seasons at BSU on Nov. 20. The Beavers defeated College of the Ozarks 60-54 at the Viterbo University Pepsi Tournament.

Season Opener Record
Date    Opponent    Site    Result
11/20/09    College of the Ozarks    La Crosse, Wis.    W, 60-54
11/18/08    Jamestown College    Bemidji, Minn.    L, 52-53
11/16/07    St. Cloud State    St. Cloud, Minn.    L, 61-86
11/15/06    Minnesota Duluth    Duluth, Minn.    L, 59-90

Grand Accomplishment: Senior Seth Haake is just 20 points shy of reaching 1,000 points in his career. If he reaches that point, he will be the first Beaver to accomplish the fete since All-America Charles Hanks (2001-04).

Two is Better than One: Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) posted 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in a 88-87 overtime victory against No. 17 Winona State University Dec. 12, posting the first double-double of his career and the first by Beaver in 2009-10. Both the point and assist totals were career-highs and the nine rebounds tied a career-high.

Thanks for the Charity: Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 54-of-61 from the charity stripe this season, posting a 88.5 percentage from the line that stands second in the NSIC and 21 in the nation. BSU is first in overall games and in conference games this season, standing 7th in the nation at a 77.1 percentage.

Helping Hand: With 16.30 assists per game in conference play this season, the Beavers are third in the league. Winona State is first at 19.0 apg. Tesdahl has 5.5 assists per game in league games, which is second. With 4.9 apg in all games, Tesdahl is 45 in the nation.

Andrew Jackson: Senior Seth Haake scored in the 20’s four consecutive games Dec.12-Jan. 2, pouring in a season-high 27 against Northern Michigan Dec. 29. He had six 20-plus point games last season.

National Ranking: In the NCAA national ranking summary from games thru Jan. 17, BSU is 7th in free throw percentage at a 77.1 clip. The Beavers are also in the top 50 (270 ranked) in field goal percentage (49th, 47.9 percent). Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 21 in free throw percentage at a 88.5 mark and stands 45 in assists per game with 4.9 per contest. He is also 77 in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.88 mark. Senior Seth Haake is 75 in field goal percentage with a 54.5 percentage.    

Work Horses: Four of the regular starters for the Beavers have logged at least 27.0 minutes per game in conference play this season, placing them all in the top 30 in the conference rankings for minutes per game. Freshman Lance Rongstad has logged the second most minutes by a freshman this season.

Player     GP/GS     Rk     MPG
Seth Haake    8/8    3    35.5
Bryce Tesdahl    8/8    7    33.6
Lance Rongstad    8/6    23    28.8
Patrick Cassidy    8/8    27    27.6