February 25, 20111st2nd1OT Final
Bemidji State2730663
Upper Iowa2631461
Stats at a GlanceBSUMBBUIU
FG Percentage.490 (25-51) .415 (22-53)
3P FG Percentage.455 (5-11) .500 (6-12)
FT Percentage.533 (8-15) .733 (11-15)
Offensive Rebounds66
Defensive Rebounds2723
Total Rebounds3329
Bench Points1624
PointsEllisor - 21
Lesan - 12
ReboundsEllisor - 9
Wentzien - 8
AssistsTesdahl - 8
Bestul - 4
StealsEllisor - 3
Collins - 2
BlocksEllisor - 5
Lesan - 1
Elgin - 1
Beavers use overtime to down Upper Iowa 63-61
Friday, February 25, 2011
Beavers use overtime to down Upper Iowa 63-61
FAYETTE, IOWA - Sophomore Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) only had four points Friday, but his second bucket of the night proved to be the game-winner in a 63-61 overtime victory at Upper Iowa in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at Dorman Gymnasium.

The five minute overtime session was just 6-4 in the favor of the Beavers (10-15, 7-14 NSIC) with Rongstad banking home an off-balanced shot from the wing with nine seconds remaining to give BSU its 10th win of the season, marking the second consecutive season the Beavers have recorded double-figures in wins. BSU dominated most of the offensive categories in the game, except the one they were riding all season long, free throws. The Beavers went 8-for-15 (53.3%) from the line, a drastic fall-off from their No. 2 national ranking and 79.8 percentage entering the game. UIU made 11 free throws on 15 attempts (73.3%), marking the first time this season BSU has won a game while getting outshot from the charity stripe.

Junior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) led the Beavers with 21 points and nine rebounds. He also added a team season-high five blocks with three steals in 38 minutes of play. He shot his normal high percentage, going 9-for-16 (56.3%). BSU finally won a close game, improving to 2-7 in games decided by five points or less.   

The Beavers were down one at 9-8 nine minutes into the road contest, but a freshman Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) 3-pointer sparked a 14-3 BSU run to own a 22-12 advantage with 5:41 left in the half. The Peacocks (8-17, 7-14 NSIC) then countered with a 10-0 run to knot the game 22-22 with 2:51 showing on the clock. The Beavers were able to stop the bleeding and hold a slim lead at 27-26 heading into the locker room.

Noreen was perfect from the field in the half, going 3-for-3 overall and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Junior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) had four assists in the first half to move past Royce Bryan (2001-02) on the school’s single season assists list with 146.

The teams traded blows to start the second half, but BSU broke the tie with a 8-2 run in the middle of the half to own a 47-41 lead. UIU came back and tied the game 47-47. The contest was then tied for the eighth time in the game at 51-51 with 6:40 left until the Peacocks held a small advantage down to the 2:44 mark when senior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to give BSU a 56-55 lead. Neither team was able to tickle the twine until UIU found a bucket with 24 ticks on the clock to own the one point lead.

With the last shot, BSU moved the ball until Tesdahl was fouled with five seconds left, putting him at the line to give the Beavers a late lead. After making the first, the 81.2 percent free throw shooter missed the second and the rebound went the way of the Peacocks. Fortunately for the junior guard and the Beavers, a last second 3-point attempt was off the mark and the game went to overtime, an extra frame that saw Rongstad’s dramatic shot.

Cassidy finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Noreen had a season-high 13 points, eclipsing double-digits for the first time in his young career. He also played in a season-high 26 minutes, shooting 5-of-6 from the field, including a 3-for-4 mark from 3-point land. Tesdahl closed the game with seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

BSU outshot UIU 49-41.5 percent from the field, outrebounded 33-19 and had more assists (13-11), blocks (7-2) and steals (7-5). The Beavers were 5-for-11 (45.5%) from beyond the arc to the Peacocks’ 6-of-12 (50.0%). BSU is now 1-1 in overtime games this season and 5-4 under head coach Matt Bowen.

Cassidy ends his career and BSU closes the season tomorrow at Winona State University at 7 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).