Beavers host CU and SCSU
Friday, February 5, 2010
Beavers host CU and SCSU

Beavers host CU and SCSU

This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team hosts its final full weekend of NSIC basketball Feb. 5-6. Concordia University, St. Paul and St. Cloud State University are visiting the BSU Gymnasium with both tip-offs set for 8 p.m.  
About Bemidji State:  The Beavers are 7-12 overall and 4-9 in NSIC play, sitting in a three-way tie for 11th in conference standings with University of Minnesota Duluth and MSU Moorhead. BSU fell in both its NSIC road contests last weekend to then-No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato (108-66) and Southwest Minnesota State University (71-67).
• Senior Seth Haake is shooting 53.6 percent from the field this season and is ninth in the NSIC. He is shooting 44.6 percent from beyond the arc to rank eighth in the league. Haake owns a 49.6 field goal percentage and 41.8 3-point percentage in his career.
• Freshman Lance Rongstad has 12.8 points per game in conference games this season to rank 17th overall and second among freshmen. * Due to injury suffered Jan. 30 versus SMSU, Rongstad will not play this weekend *
• BSU is the best free throw shooting team in the conference this season and stands 7th in the nation in free throw percentage at a 76.2 clip.  

About Concordia University:  Concordia University is 10-10 overall and 7-6 in conference play to sit sixth in the league standings. CU swept its NSIC home weekend Jan. 29-30, downing then-No. 17 Augustana 82-79 and Wayne State 63-61. The Golden Bears own a 3-3 record on the road. They are led by senior Craig Heiman’s 14.0 points per game, that is 13th in league. Sophomore Brent Barz has a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game, while adding 11.3 points per contest.

Series History: The Beavers hold a 12-9 all-time advantage against CU. BSU is 1-4 in the last five meetings, losing earlier this season 110-76 in St. Paul.

About St. Cloud State: The Huskies are 16-4 overall and 10-3 in the NSIC for sole possession of second in the league. SCSU has won its last three games and is 13-2 in its last 15. St. Cloud State downed Wayne State, 74-66, and then-No. 17 Augustana, 68-58, Jan. 29-30 in two NSIC home games. The Huskies are 5-2 on the road in 2009-10. Reigning NSIC Player of the Week senior Matt Schneck is first in the league in rebounds per game at a 10.5 clip, while his 17.1 points per game is fifth in the conference in scoring. Taylor Witt has 15.0 points per game and his 4.95 assists per game leads the squad and is third in the conference.

Series History: BSU is 41-88 all-time against the Huskies and 1-4 in the last five meetings. Earlier this season in St. Cloud, the Beavers fell 80-69.
Last Action: The Beavers went 0-2 in a NSIC road trip at Minnesota State (108-66) and Southwest Minnesota State (71-67).

Jan. 29 - vs. Minnesota State: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell to No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato 108-66 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at the Taylor Center Friday.
    The Beavers battled with the high-powered Mavericks for the game’s first nine minutes, trading baskets and runs. MSU went out to a 10-2 lead, but BSU battled back and cut it to a two point deficit with a 8-2 run to make the score 12-10 MSU. The Mavericks increased the lead to six with 14:59 on the clock, but a sophomore Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) shot from downtown cut the deficit to one at 18-17 with 14:01 reading on the scoreboard. MSU then utilized its multiple-threat offense and jumped out to a 10-point lead with a 13-4 run, holding a 31-21 lead with 10:19 remaining in the half. The Mavericks were then off to the races and closed the half with a 23-10 run to own a 54-31 lead at the half.
    The second half was more of the home team as they took a 31-point lead at 71-40 with 15:33 on the clock. MSU kept rolling through the final buzzer, winning by 42 with a score of 108-66.
    All 10 active members of the active roster saw playing time and logged at least 14 minutes, with each player getting in the scoring column. Lindstrom led the squad with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) was the only other Beaver to score in double-figures, netting 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while adding four rebounds. Freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) scored eight points and added a team-high five rebounds. BSU shot 42.6 percent from the field, but MSU was 55.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 11 3-pointers. MSU had five players in double-figures.

Jan. 30 - vs. Southwest MSU: In a game that had 14 lead changes and eight ties, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team just couldn’t find a way to be on the winning end of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle at the R/A Facility between the Beavers and Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday. BSU lost to the Mustangs 71-67.
    In the first half, the Beavers (7-12, 4-9 NSIC) were able to move the ball well on offense against the Mustangs (11-8, 6-7 NSIC), getting easy buckets underneath. BSU scored 20 points in the paint and had 14 assists in the first frame. The first nine minutes of the game saw both teams running and gunning with the score knotted 18-18. After a BSU free throw gave the Beavers a 19-18 lead, the Mustangs went on a 5-0 run to grab the four point advantage. BSU then responded with a run of its own, rattling-off nine unanswered points to take a 28-23 lead with 4:25 showing on the clock. The Beavers got scoring from three different players in the run, including four from senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.). BSU continued to produce on the offensive end and play tight defense, increasing its lead to a game-high six when the halftime buzzer sounded at 37-31. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) scored 12 points in the first half, but had to sit out the second half due to injury.
    BSU was able to hold a small lead for the first 7:40 of the second half, but then SMSU’s shooters came alive and a Mustang 3-pointer gave the home team a two point lead at 48-46. The Beavers then responded with a 4-0 run to take a 52-48 lead off four points from sophomore guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) with 10:59 remaining. The game then proceeded to a see-saw match with each team going on mini-runs. From the 10:59 mark to the 4:34 mark, the lead changed four times and the game was tied three times. With 4:34 left, the game was tied 60-60. At 2:40 freshman Burke Lendl (F, St. Michael, Minn.) made the quickest and cleanest spin move of his young collegiate career in the lane to lay-up a bucket with the shot clock ticking away. The lead didn’t last long as two SMSU free throws tied the game at 62-62 with 2:13 reading on the clock.
    With just three seconds left on the shot clock, SMSU made a 3-point bomb from three feet beyond the 3-point line to erupt the home crowd and give the Mustangs a 65-62 lead with 1:15 left. BSU tried to respond with a Lendl 3-point attempt, but it was off the mark and SMSU came down with the rebound. On its ensuing possession, the Beavers were called for a foul with 24 seconds showing on the clock. The Mustang shooter made the first shot, but missed the second. Unfortunately for BSU, the Mustangs tracked down the rebound and the Beavers were forced to foul. Deja vu occurred on the second shooter as he missed the first and then off a miss, found his own rebound and was fouled. He made both to give the Mustangs a 69-62 lead with 18 seconds left. Haake came down the court and knocked-down a deep three to cut the deficit to four with 11 ticks remaining. BSU immediately fouled and put SMSU back on the line for two shots as BSU was in the bonus. He made both and Tesdahl raced down the court for two points. That wasn’t enough and BSU fell 71-67.
    Tesdahl led the team in points with 16, rebounds with six and assists with seven, playing in 38 of the 40 minutes. Haake had 15 points and Rongstad and freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) posted 12. Walters added four assists and three rebounds. BSU shot 48.1 percent from the field in the game. SMSU shot just 38.3 percent from the field, but was 11-of-27 (40.7%) from 3-point land, marking the third consecutive game where BSU’s opponent landed 10 or more 3-pointers. BSU was outrebounded 45-23 overall and 19-3 on the offensive glass, leading SMSU to score 16 second chance points to BSU’s five. The Beavers only turned the ball over five times in the game, earning 11 takeaways and 14 points off turnovers. BSU owned the points in the pain category 36-24.

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: With a free throw with 4:38 remaining in a 71-69 win Jan. 23 against Minnesota Duluth, senior Seth Haake scored  his 1,000th point of his career. He is the first Beaver to accomplish the feat since All-America Charles Hanks do so from 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: Tesdahl is 64-of-71 from the charity stripe this season, posting a 90.1 percentage from the line that stands fourth in the NSIC and 13th in the nation. BSU is first in overall games and in conference games this season in free throw percentage, standing 7th in the nation at a 76.2 percentage.

Helping Hand: With 15.92 assists per game in conference play this season, the Beavers are fourth in the league. Winona State is first at 18.54 apg. Tesdahl has 5.3 assists per game in league games, which is third. With 4.9 apg in all games, Tesdahl is fourth in the league and 52nd 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 scored 23 against UMD Jan. 23 for his fifth 20-plus point performance. He had six 20-plus point games last season.

National Ranking: In the NCAA national ranking summary from games thru Jan. 31, BSU is 7th in free throw percentage at a 76.2 clip. The Beavers are also in the top 55 (270 ranked) in assist to turnover ratio (48th, 1.13 ratio), turnovers per game (50th, 13.3 tpg) and field goal percentage (55th, 47.5 percent). Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 13th in free throw percentage at a 90.1 mark and stands 52nd in assists per game with 4.9 per contest. He is also 65th in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.96 mark. Senior Seth Haake is 75th in field goal percentage with a 53.6 percentage and 88th in steals per game with 1.9 stlpg.

Young Look: The Beavers’ active roster of 10 student-athletes consists of six true freshman, with only two upperclassmen. That makes 80 percent of the roster underclassmen. Last season, head coach Matt Bowen and his staff had to deal with 75 percent of the roster as underclassmen. In his first season (2006-07) Bowen inherited a team that had 7-of-12 (58%) players as upperclassmen. His second year balanced out at 52 percent underclassmen and 48 percent upperclassmen.

Work Horses: Four of the regular starters for the Beavers have logged at least 26.7 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 with 27.2 minpg.

Player     GP/GS     Rk     MPG
Seth Haake    13/13    9    33.4
Bryce Tesdahl    13/13    10    33.1
Lance Rongstad    13/11    T26    27.2
Patrick Cassidy    13/13    30    26.7