Beavers close season with 91-48 loss to Wayne State
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Beavers close season with 91-48 loss to Wayne State
WAYNE, Neb.  -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team ran into a hot Wayne State College team in the final game of the 2009-10 season, as the Wildcats downed the Beavers 91-48. WSC shot 63.5 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from 3-point land. BSU couldn’t find its shooting rhythm, going 16-of-45 (a season-low 35.6%) from the field and 4-of-14 (28.6%) from beyond the arc.  

The game was the last in a Beaver uniform for lone senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.). He finished with nine points in the game and 1,202 career points, which stands 10th on BSU’s career scoring chart. He had 914 career points in NSIC contests to rank 12th on the conference’s career scoring chart. He had 190 career assists to sit 10th on BSU’s top career assists list.   

The loss ended a season-high five game winning streak for BSU. The Beavers finished with a 12-15 overall and 8-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record. The win totals are the best under head coach Matt Bowen and since 2005-06. The loss put BSU in 11th place in the final NSIC standings, but just a game out of a tie for eighth.

Freshman Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) finished with a team-high 10 points, adding a career-high five steals, with four rebounds and three assists. Freshman Burke Lendl (F, St. Michael, Minn.) posted a team-high five rebounds and added eight points. Haake struggled in his final game as a Beaver, shooting 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-6 from 3-point land.   

The Beavers never held a lead in the game. Both teams started slow, as the score was 8-7 6:40 into the contest. The home team then found a little rhythm and went on a 10-4 run, holding a 18-11 lead at the media timeout with 9:00 remaining in the first half. BSU came out of the break on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to two. The two teams then traded small runs as the momentum swung back-and-forth between the squads, but the Beavers just couldn’t sustain a run to cut the Wildcat lead to less than two. BSU was down four after a lay-up from Haake put the score at 29-25 with 3:29 remaining in the half. WSC then caught fire and the Beavers couldn’t find a handle on the ball as the Wildcats closed the half on a 13-1 run to take a 42-26 lead into the break. BSU had four turnovers and committed six fouls during the drought, attempting just two shots and two free throws. The Wildcat run deflated the Beavers and they wouldn’t recover in the second half. BSU was down 20 with 13 minutes to go, 30 with seven minutes left and 40 with just over two minutes remaining on the Beavers’ season. BSU scored 26 points in the first half and 22 in the second for the season-low 48 points.
Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) finished the season with 137 assists, placing him fourth on BSU’s top season assists chart. His 222 career assists stands sixth on BSU’s top career assists list (1976-present).

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).