Miscues from the field leads to 78-62 loss to Mustangs
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Miscues from the field leads to 78-62 loss to Mustangs
MARSHALL, Minn. - Cold shooting by the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team led to a 78-62 loss at Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game played at the R/A Facility. BSU shot a season-low 31.6 percent from the field, recording its fourth loss in a row.  

“Tonight was the second time this year we let missed shots dictate our energy and it really hurt us in the second half,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “It was a very frustrating game tonight, but we have to give SMSU credit as they capitalized on our mistakes. This concluded a very difficult four-game road stretch and athough we played very solid basketball for the major portion of it we weren’t rewarded for our efforts.”  

The Beavers (7-10, 4-9 NSIC) weren’t quite clicking in the first half, but held a slim 35-33 lead at the half. BSU broke a 16-16 tie with 9:43 left in the half on a junior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) 3-pointer from atop the key. The Beavers then held the lead the rest of the way, getting the advantage to seven with 2:01 left.

A 7-2 run by the Mustangs (8-9, 5-8 NSIC) during the final minutes got the home team within two and owning the momentum heading into the locker room. The run was capped by a steal on the defensive end that resulted in a lay-up with three ticks showing on the clock. A lazy inbound pass was picked-off by SMSU and the home team had a clear lane for two points as time expired.

SMSU carried the first half energy into the second frame, outworking BSU to own a 47-42 lead five minutes into the second half. The Beavers then ran out on a 8-2 run to take a 50-49 lead with nine minutes to go. The Mustangs responded with a 7-0 run to own a 56-50 lead with 7:38 left, forcing a timeout by Bowen.

The Mustangs knocked down a 3-pointer out of the break and never looked back, as BSU would get as close as seven before losing by 14. SMSU shot 6-of-10 (60%) from beyond the arc in the second half, en route to shooting 9-of-18 (50%) in the game. From the field, the Mustangs went 27-48 (56.3%).

Sophomore Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) led the Beavers with 17 points, adding five rebounds. Senior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) was the only other player in double-figures with 10. Tesdahl added nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. BSU held on for as long as it did by getting to the line and making free throws. The Beavers almost made more shots from the charity stripe than SMSU attempted, going 21-of-26 (80.8%). The Mustangs were 15-of-22 (68.2%) from the line.

“The difference between winning and losing in this league are very small this year and currently we have too many lapses and a lack of execution that has come back to haunt us,” Bowen said.

The Beavers return home Jan. 28-29 with University of Mary and Northern State University, respectively.

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