Dragons’ nine second half 3-pointers doom Beavers 70-62
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Dragons’ nine second half 3-pointers doom Beavers 70-62

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota State University Moorhead knocked down nine of its 13 3-pointers in the second half, erasing a nine-point Bemidji State University lead and shooting its way to a 70-62 win in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Saturday.

MSUM knocked down 13-of-24 (54.2%) shots from 3-point land, most of which were well-defended and three feet beyond the arc, to stun the Beavers, who had control of the game before it started raining three’s in the Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. BSU shot just 2-for-15 from beyond the arc, (one of which came in the final seconds) unable to keep pace with the Dragons.

“We certainly played well enough to win and deserved more than the outcome,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “I give credit to them (MSU Moorhead). This game was won by their kids stepping up and making some plays and making them at the right time. We haven’t shot ball well from three all year, it’s definitely something we need to work on.”

The Beavers (8-13, 5-12 NSIC) jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, stunning the home team. The slap in the face sparked the Dragons and they battled back to a three point deficit with a 7-0 run.

An 11-4 BSU run saw the game get back to a double-digit difference as the road team took a 21-11 lead halfway through the frame. The lead hovered just under 10 for the rest of the half until the last two minutes when MSUM went on a 5-0 run to cut the halftime deficit to four at 28-32.

The BSU lead stretched to nine at 47-38 as sophomore Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) converted on an old school 3-point play with six minutes gone from the frame.

The Dragons followed with an onslaught of 3-pointers, making 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in the half and racing out to a three point lead, their first of the game, at 52-49 with 9:29 showing on the game clock.

MSUM made it a four point lead at 55-51 with yet another 3-pointer, but the Beavers responded with a 6-0 run to regain the lead at 57-55 with five minutes left in regulation. The Dragons ended the run by adding to its 3-pointer show to take a 58-57 advantage.

A junior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) bucket gave BSU the lead, but MSUM responded with a 3-point play and took a 61-59 lead. After Rongstad’s failed first free three attempt in a one-and-one, the Dragons knocked down their 12th and 13th 3-pointer of the game in consecutive possessions and took their largest lead of the game at 67-59 with just 1:18 left on the clock. The lead would be too much for BSU to overcome and it fell by eight.

Ellisor led the Beavers with 22 points and eight rebounds. Rongstad’s 13 points was good for being the only other player in double-figures for BSU. Three different players hit at least four 3-pointers for the Dragons. BSU shot 40.4 percent from the field, as MSUM made just 10 buckets inside the 3-point line and shot 40 percent from the field without the 3-pointers included.

The Beavers return home Feb. 18-19 for their final home games of the season, hosting Southwest Minnesota State University (8 p.m.) and No. 9 Minnesota State University, Mankato (6 p.m.).