Beavers head to MSUM and UMC
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Beavers head to MSUM and UMC

Beavers head to MSUM and UMC

This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team travels west for its final full weekend of road Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball Feb. 12-13. The Beavers will battle Minnesota State University Moorhead at 8 p.m. Feb 12 and University of Minnesota, Crookston at 6 p.m. Feb. 13.  
About Bemidji State:  The Beavers are 7-14 overall and 4-11 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 home contests last weekend to Concordia University, St. Paul  (78-73) and St. Cloud State University (107-71). BSU will look to snap a four-game losing skid this weekend.
• Senior Seth Haake is shooting 53.4 percent from the field this season and is ninth in the NSIC. He is shooting 45.8 percent from beyond the arc to rank seventh in the league. Haake owns a 49.7 field goal percentage and 42.3 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. He missed the last two games due to injury.
• BSU is the best free throw shooting team in conference games this season at a 77.4 mark and stands 10th in the nation in free throw percentage at a 76.2 clip.  

About MSU Moorhead: The Dragons are 7-15 overall and 4-11 in the NSIC to sit in a three-way tie with BSU and Minnesota Duluth. MSUM has lost its last three games (all on the road) and are 1-5 in its last six contests. The Dragons are 4-6 at home this season and 2-5 in league games. Sophomore Jake Driscoll is leading the team in points with 16.3 per game. Freshman Alex Novak leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per contest, adding 6.7 points per game.

Series History: The Beavers are 79-84 all-time against MSUM and 1-4 in the last five games. In the last meeting Dec. 4 at BSU, the Dragons downed the Beavers 73-71.

About Minnesota, Crookston: The Golden Eagles are 3-18 overall and 0-15 NSIC, sitting in 14th place. UMC has fallen in its last 17 contests, dating back to Nov. 29. The Golden Eagles are 2-7 overall at 0-6 in conference play at home this season. Freshman Damarius Cruz is averaging 17.1 points per game, which is a team-high for UMC’s active roster and is fifth in the conference.  

Series History: The Beavers hold a 35-12 all-time advantage against the Golden Eagles and are 4-1 in the last five meetings. On Dec. 5 at the BSU Gymnasium, the Beavers defeated UMC 89-72.
Last Action: The Beavers went 0-2 in an NSIC home weekend vs. Concordia University (L, 78-73) and St. Cloud State (L, 107-71).

Feb. 5 - vs. Concordia University: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team chalked-up another moral victory Friday night, falling to Concordia University, St. Paul 78-73 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at the BSU Gymnasium. BSU played hard against a strong Golden Bear team, but just didn’t have enough in the closing seconds of the game to pull out a victory. With the loss, the Beavers are now 2-5 in games decided by five points or less this season.
    The scoring started slow for both squads to start the game as the scoreboard read 7-7 with 14:37 remaining in the half. CU (11-10, 8-6 NSIC) scored the next four points, but then the Beavers (7-13, 4-10 NSIC) found a rhythm and used the next 6:30 to own a 18-3 advantage that gave them an 11 point lead with seven minutes left in the half. BSU got scoring from five different players in the run, including five from senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and junior forward Patrick Cassidy (St. Paul, Minn.). The rest of the half became the Craig Heiman show for the Golden Bears, as he proceeded to score 13 of CU’s 17 points during a 17-0 run that took 4:17 off the clock. The long and painful dry spell for the Beavers ended when Haake took the ball strong to the hole and scored on a lay-up, getting fouled in the process. He missed the free throw and BSU was down 27-31 with 2:45 left in the half. The Golden Bears found the bottom of the net on the next possession on a 3-point shot that was assisted by Heiman, putting CU up seven. The Beavers finished the half with a 3-0 advantage and were down 30-34 heading into the locker room. The Golden Bears had 26 rebounds to BSU’s 13 in the first half, 13 of which came on the offensive glass scoring 12 points off second chance points. Heiman had 17 points at the break.
    Haake took the Beavers and put them on his back to start the second as he knocked down two 3-point baskets on consecutive possessions and followed them with a lay-up on the third trip down the court to erase the deficit and give BSU a two-point lead at 38-36. CU tied the game at 38-38, but then freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) got in the mix and knocked down a 3-pointer from straight-away. The Golden Bears scored a jumper on their next possession, but Haake came down and called-up another 3-point bomb to give the Beavers a four-point lead at 44-40 with 16:00 showing on the game clock. Cassidy stretched the lead to six with a put-back after a sophomore guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) missed lay-up, forcing the Golden Bears to call a timeout and try to regroup. The stoppage worked and BSU cooled down and the two teams traded baskets for about three minutes before CU tied the game 51-51 with 12:10 left in regulation. The Golden Bears continued coming at the home team and used a 10-3 run to grab a seven-point lead at 61-54 with 8:33 left.
    The road team held at least a four-point advantage all the way down to 2:21 left on the clock when Haake struck again and scored on a lay-up from Tesdahl to make it a two-point game at 68-70. Heiman responded with a lay-up on the other end to put his team back on top by four. Tesdahl then came down and drew a foul to go the line, but the 90.1 percent free throw shooter missed the second shot and the deficit was three. CU called timeout to figure out a play and ended-up drawing a foul of its own, as Courtney Tyler went to the line. The first one rattled out and the second went hard off the back iron and Tesdahl found the rebound. After moving the ball around the permitter, Tesdahl found freshman Burke Lendl (F, St. Michael, Minn.) open underneath for a lay-up that cut the Golden Bear lead to one at 71-72 with 1:11 showing on the clock. BSU played solid defense on the other end, but Heiman found a way to convert on a lay-up through the bodies of three Beavers to score his 29th and 30th points of the game. With 30 seconds left, Tesdahl scored on a lay-up with a feed from Walters to again put BSU down by one. A foul with 18 seconds left put CU’s Tyler back at the line, but this time he would sink both from the charity stripe to give CU a three-point advantage. A timeout was called and the Beavers drew-up a play. Unfortunately, as Tesdahl was bringing the ball up the court he was pick-pocketed by CU’s Sammy Ricks and he took it in for a lay-up that made the score 73-78 with 12 ticks left. A miscue on the in-bounds pass turned the ball over again and Ricks found the ball in his possession to drain out the clock.
    Haake ended the game with 26 points, the second most by the lone senior this season. He shot 9-of-15 (60%) from the field and 4-of-7 (57.1%) from 3-point land, while adding four rebounds and playing in all 40 minutes. Walters finished with 12 and Tesdahl scored 10 points, falling two assists shy of a double-double with eight. Sophomore Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) posted 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting and Cassidy had nine points. Lendl led the team in rebounds with a career-high 10, scoring six points. BSU turned the ball over 11 times in the game, but only three times in the second half, two of those occurring in the waning seconds. BSU shot 49.1 percent from the floor and season-high 60 percent from beyond the arc, going 9-of-15. The team entered the contest 7th in the nation in free throw percentage at a 76.2 clip, but went just 12-of-17 (70.6%) from the line in the loss. BSU is now 1-8 when trailing at the half. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) didn’t play in the game due to an injury suffered against Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 30.  

Feb. 6 - vs. St. Cloud State: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team lost to the St. Cloud State University Huskies 107-71 Saturday night at the BSU Gymnasium in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game. SCSU jumped out to a 10-point lead in the game’s first 3:30 and never looked back.
    The Beavers (7-14, 4-11 NSIC) were not ready for the in-your-face style of play the Huskies displayed Saturday night, as BSU was knocked-out early. SCSU jumped out to a 12-2 lead just 3:32 into the game, a senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 3-point shot with 16:08 reading on the scoreboard cut the deficit to seven and gave hope to the Beavers, who usually rally behind Haake’s 3-point shots. He struck again just a minute later with a 3-point basket, making the score 8-14, but this time it would light the fire under the visitor, as the Huskies rattled of nine unanswered points to stretch the lead to 15 at 23-8. Despite sitting about six feet deep, the young BSU crew didn’t give-up and were able to battle back to a respectable deficit of seven with 4:29 on the clock and the scoreboard reading 39-32 SCSU. The comeback included an 18-8 run from the 10:32 to the 4:29 mark, as BSU got scoring from five different players, including six points from Haake. Unfortunately for the home team, the momentum swung back to the Huskies and they closed the half on a 11-4 run that put the Beavers in a 14-point hole at halftime, 50-36.
    SCSU slammed the door early in the second half, stretching the lead to 20 at 58-38 just 2:13 into the half. BSU was able to get it down to a 16-point disadvantage off back-to-back lay-ups from junior forward Patrick Cassidy (St. Paul, Minn.), but SCSU’s top-dog, Matt Schneck scored four straight points, including an alley-oop dunk on a fastbreak that put the Huskies lead back to 20. The road team just kept coming at BSU and it was a 30-point lead at 82-52 with, ironically, 9:11 left on the clock. SCSU’s bench then got into the beating and kept the lead in the 30’s, eventually settling on a 36-point win.
    The Huskies, who received votes in the Feb. 2 edition of the NABC Division II Coaches Poll, dominated every statistical category, only failing to get two less blocks and shoot 1.9 percent lower from the line. The 100-point game was the second of the season for SCSU, as it handed BSU its third game this season where its opponent surpassed triple digits. Schneck scored 19 points and added six rebounds. Haake was BSU’s top scorer with 17 points and top rebounder with seven. Cassidy scored 13 points and sophomore guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) had 10, going a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) missed his second straight game due to an injury suffered against Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 30.

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. He has 1,069 points in his career.

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 75-of-85 from the charity stripe this season, posting a 88.2 percentage from the line that stands fourth in the NSIC and 15th in the nation. BSU is second in overall games and in first conference games (77.4) this season in free throw percentage, standing 10th in the nation at a 76.2 percentage.

Helping Hand: With 15.73 assists per game in conference play this season, the Beavers are fourth in the league. Winona State is first at 18.07 apg. Tesdahl has 5.27 assists per game in league games, which is fourth. With 4.9 apg in all games, Tesdahl is fourth in the league and 48th in the nation. Tesdahl has 103 assists this season to tie for 10th on BSU’s top season assists list. His 188 career assists ranks 10th on BSU’s career list (1976-present).

BSU’s Top Season Assists
#    Assists    Player    Season    Avg.
1.    167    James Roberson    2003-04    5.6
2.    145    Royce Bryan    2001-02    5.1
3.    142    Tyrone Terrill    1975-76    5.9
4.    135    James Roberson    2004-05    5.0
5.    129    Kevin Nichols    1993-94    5.0
6.    124    Mike Curry    1995-96    4.6
7.    114    Stan Johnson    2002-03    4.1
8.    106    Derik Hollyfield    2005-06    3.8
9.    104    Teaser Sweeney    1992-93    4.2
10.    103    David Heiss    1984-85    3.4
    103     Bryce Tesdahl    2009-10    4.9

BSU’s Top Career Assist Totals (1976-Present)
#    Assists    Player    Seasons
1.    314    David Lee    1984-88
2.    302    James Roberson    2003-05
3.    247    Royce Bryan    2002-03
    247    Tony Brown    1987-91
5.    233    Teaser Sweeney    1989-93
6.    212    B.J. LaVelle    1996-99
7.    207    Brian Weierke    1987-91
8.    200    Kevin Nichols    1991-92, ‘93-94
9.    190    David Heiss    1983-85
10.    188    Bryce Tesdahl    2008-SA

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 and posted 26 in a loss to Concordia University, Feb. 5 for his sixth. He had six 20-plus point games last season.

National Ranking: In the NCAA national ranking summary from games thru Feb. 7, BSU is 10th in free throw percentage at a 76.2 clip. The Beavers are also in the top 60 (270 ranked) in assist to turnover ratio (50th, 1.11 ratio), turnovers per game (56th, 13.5 tpg) and field goal percentage (58th, 47.4 percent). Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 15th in free throw percentage at a 88.2 mark and stands 48th in assists per game with 4.9 per contest. He is also 58th in assist to turnover ratio with a 2.06 mark. Senior Seth Haake is 73rd in field goal percentage with a 53.4 mark, is 88th in points per game with 17.5 ppg and is 92nd in free throw percentage at a 81.7 clip.

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 26.1 minutes per game in conference play this season, placing three of them 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    15/15    9    34.0
Bryce Tesdahl    15/15    10    33.0
Lance Rongstad    13/11    26    27.2
Patrick Cassidy    15/15    ---    26.1