February 18, 20111st2ndFinal
Southwest Minnesota State184866
Bemidji State374784
Stats at a GlanceSMSUBSUMBB
FG Percentage.480 (24-50) .596 (28-47)
3P FG Percentage.364 (4-11) .737 (14-19)
FT Percentage.875 (14-16) .778 (14-18)
Offensive Rebounds55
Defensive Rebounds1522
Total Rebounds2027
Bench Points2111
PointsRoehl - 15
Rongstad - 25
ReboundsRoehl - 7
Ellisor - 9
AssistsBirch - 4
Ellisor - 7
StealsZager - 3
Noreen - 2
BlocksMiller - 1
West - 1
Walters - 1
Ellisor - 1
Quick start and 3-pointers guide Beavers past Mustangs 84-66
Friday, February 18, 2011
Quick start and 3-pointers guide Beavers past Mustangs 84-66
BEMIDJI, Minn. - After hitting just two 3-pointers in the game before, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team came out and knocked down five shots from beyond the arc in the first seven minutes of the 84-66 victory against Southwest Minnesota State University Friday.

Five different players hit a shot from 3-point land in the run that gave the Beavers a 19-4 lead to start the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. BSU went on to hit a season-high 14 3-pointers in the game, converting on 73.7 percent of its attempts (14-of-19).

Sophomore Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Minn.) knocked down four 3-pointers, tying a career-high, en route to a 25 point performance. He scored 22 points in the second half, missing just two shots in the frame. Junior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) played his best all-around game of the season with 18 points, nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists, while shooting 7-of-11 (63.6%) in 33 minutes of play.

“I was proud of the way our guys moved the ball,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “We’ve been working on it the last couple weeks of practice of getting better ball movement and playing with better poise on offense and they demonstrated that tonight and it was obvious through 3-point shooting. (The quality 3-point shooting) was almost a shock because we haven’t done it all season and it was certainly a relief because you can pick whatever game you want and it seems every team has done it against us at inopportune times, so it was good to return the favor to someone else.”

The Beavers (9-14, 6-13 NSIC) jumped all over the Mustangs (11-13, 8-12 NSIC) getting out to a 7-0 lead and forcing a SMSU timeout. BSU kept coming to own a 19-6 lead at the 10 minute mark of the half.

BSU continued to pressure and posted a 38-17 halftime lead, holding its opponent to its lowest first half total this season. The Beavers finished the half going 6-for-8 from 3-point land and shot 54.2 percent from the field to the Mustangs’ 32 percent.

The Beavers pushed the lead to 22 at 55-33 six minutes into second half on a freshman Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) wide open 3-pointer from atop the key.

BSU maintained a large lead until SMSU moved to a full court press and went on a 13-0 run to make the score 60-50 with 8:23 showing on the game clock.

A Rongstad deep 3-pointer ended the Mustang run with 6:49 on the game clock then he took the game over and knocked down two more crucial 3-pointers on the next two BSU possessions to give the Beavers a more comfortable 69-52 lead.

The shots sparked the home team on both ends of the floor and the Beavers never looked back en route to the 18 point victory. Four players finished in double-figures as senior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) added 12 points and junior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) had 10 points and five assists. BSU shot 59.6 percent from the field, as SMSU was 48.0 percent from the field.

The victory marks the first against the Mustangs for Bowen, who now has Minnesota State University, Mankato and Augustana College on his hit list for conference teams he has yet to defeat in his five seasons at Bemidji State.

The Beavers ended up holding the reigning NSIC Player of the Week Scott Roehl to 15 points and seven rebounds.

BSU hosts No. 14 Minnesota State tomorrow at 6 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).