Beavers battle No. 17 Warriors to overtime victory
Saturday, December 12, 2009

WINONA, Minn. -- Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) posted 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while making two free throws with two seconds left in overtime to push the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 88-87 victory against No. 17 Winona State University at the McCown Gymnasium Saturday. Senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) poured-in 25 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, which included a three-pointer with .8 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

“Our team is playing well together and we have caught our rhythm,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “We executed the game plan tonight. Bryce does whatever it takes to win, from guarding the center to distributing the ball.”

The last time the Beavers (5-3, 2-1 NSIC) defeated Winona State was in Winona on Jan. 7, 2006. At that time, WSU was No. 14 in the nation and the score was 84-79. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) started his first game as a Beaver and posted 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

BSU held a nine point lead 10 minutes into the first half, but only held a two point halftime lead at 34-32. The second half started with the two teams trading small leads in the first 11 minutes of the frame, then the home team took over. The Warriors took a two point lead at 56-54 with 8:22 remaining in the half and rattled off a 11-4 run to grab a nine point advantage with 5:04 left. WSU held the lead all the way until the final tick on the clock, holding a three-point lead with .8 seconds left. The home crowd was shocked when a Haake dagger dropped from 3-point range and forced overtime at 74-74. The Beavers scored 14 points in overtime, with the final seven coming from the hands of Tesdahl. The extra session went down to the wire again, as WSU converted on a three-point play with six seconds left to take a one-point lead. Tesdahl was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit both his free throws with two seconds left for the win.

The Beavers shot 50 percent from the field, while WSU shot 52.5 percent. BSU posted 13-of-29 (44.8) from beyond the arc.

The Beavers continue its road trip Dec. 13 at Upper Iowa University.

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