Dragons prevail against Beavers in NSIC opener
Friday, December 4, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Second chance points guided the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons to a 73-71 victory against the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team, Friday night at the BSU Gymnasium. MSU Moorhead posted 19 offensive rebounds, en route to outscoring BSU 26-13 in second chance points. Junior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) posted 20 points in the loss.

The Beavers (3-3, 0-1 NSIC) dominated most of the stat sheet except rebounds (30-45) and 3-pointers (7-13). BSU only committed eight turnovers, while forcing 16 in a game that saw 18 lead changes and 11 tied scores. The Beavers held a lead through most of the first half, but went into the locker room at halftime down 38-36 after the Dragons (3-3. 1-0 NSIC) converted on a lay-up as time expired. BSU came out hot in the second frame and snatched a seven point lead at 48-41 just 2:30 into the half. The run forced MSU Moorhead to make a compete change in its line-up, subbing out all five guys on the floor. The MSUM bench players were ready to prove themselves in this early basketball season and they did by responding with an 8-0 run that put the road team up 49-48 at the 14:07 mark. With 12:41 remaining, senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) knocked-down a 3-pointer to give BSU the edge and the game continued to go back and forth making the crowd think they were at a tennis match. The Beavers held a one point advantage with 1:10 left on the clock after Haake made the back-end of his two free throws, but the Dragons came back on the ensuing possession to hit a 3-point dagger and take a 73-71 lead with one minute to go. The Beavers had multiple chances - including two one-and-one free throw misses from MSU Moorhead - to tie or regain the lead, but fell short.

Sophomore guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) did-it-all for BSU in the game, with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, seven assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot. Cassidy’s 20 points is a team-high this season. Haake posted 16 points, while adding three steals, assists and rebounds. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) nabbed three offensive rebounds and added eight points off the bench.

The Beavers battle the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Saturday night at the BSU Gymnasium, with tip-off slated for 8 p.m.

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