November 01, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State213758
Stats at a GlanceBSUMINN
FG Percentage.407 (22-54) .492 (29-59)
3P FG Percentage.400 (10-25) .143 (1-7)
FT Percentage.444 (4-9) .632 (12-19)
Offensive Rebounds616
Defensive Rebounds1729
Total Rebounds2345
Bench Points716
PointsBerthene - 21
Mbakwe - 17
ReboundsEllisor - 5
Berthene - 5
Mbakwe - 11
AssistsTesdahl - 9
Hollins - 8
StealsSchalow - 3
Mbakwe - 2
BlocksHollins - 1
Eliason - 1
Berthene scores game-high 21 as Beavers fall 71-58 to Minnesota
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Berthene scores game-high 21 as Beavers fall 71-58 to Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore forward David Berthene (Lakeville, Minn.) scored a game-high 21 as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell to University of Minnesota 71-58 in an exhibition game at Williams Arena Tuesday. BSU ended the game shooting 10-for-25 (40%) from 3-point land, while the Gophers shot just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc.

The Beavers needed 3:30 minutes to settle into the game, getting down 8-0 to start the contest after missing their first seven shots. BSU got its first bucket from senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) and then proceeded to go on a 12-6 run to be down 14-12 with 8:24 remaining in the first half. BSU got seven points from Berthene during the run.

Minnesota then found a groove and jumped out to an 11 point lead 26-15 with 4:42 showing on the game clock. Sophomore Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) put the road team back into the contest with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Beavers down 26-21 with 4:01 left in the frame.  

Both teams struggled through the final four minutes of the half and the scoreboard read 30-21 in the favor of Minnesota. Berthene had 10 points in the first half, while Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Minnesota came out in the second half and opened a 39-27 lead at the first media timeout with 15:58 showing on the game clock. Out of the break the Beavers found buckets underneath from Ellisor, junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) and senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) to cut the deficit to nine at 42-33, forcing a timeout by Gopher head coach Tubby Smith.

The teams traded buckets to the next media timeout at 11:08 with the score showing the Beavers trailing 46-38. After the stoppage it was all Minnesota as it went on a 13-4 run to the 7:22 mark.

Back-to-back scores from beyond the arc from Berthene and Ellisor got the Beavers within 13 at 61-48 with just over 5:30 remaining in regulation. The threes continued to rain and the Beavers trailed by just nine at 65-56 with 3:37 showing in the second half.

Then Minnesota showed its athleticism after the BSU run and won the final minutes 6-2 on its way to the 71-58 win.

Berthene finished with 21 on 8-of-15 (53.3%) shooting from the field and 5-of-11 (45.5%) from beyond the arc. Schalow and Ellisor had 12 points a piece, while Ellisor and Berthene tied for a team-high in rebounds with five. Tesdahl dished out nine assists and Schalow added a team-high three steals. Mbakwe led the Gophers with 17 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-9 (88.9%) shooting from the field.

BSU opens the regular season Nov. 11-12 at the NSIC/RMAC Challenge with Metro State University (Nov. 11) in Denver, Colo. and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (Nov. 12) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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