November 12, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State443377
Stats at a GlanceBSUMBBUCCS
FG Percentage.466 (27-58) .426 (26-61)
3P FG Percentage.333 (8-24) .417 (10-24)
FT Percentage.517 (15-29) .700 (7-10)
Offensive Rebounds1114
Defensive Rebounds2126
Total Rebounds3240
Bench Points2716
PointsEllisor - 16
Damar Hill - 16
ReboundsEllisor - 9
Jordan Carter - 8
AssistsEllisor - 6
Damar Hill - 5
StealsEdwards - 4
Jeff Isaac - 2
BlocksEllisor - 1
Walters - 1
Matt Heydman - 1
Jeff Isaac - 1
Kyle Clark - 1
Jordan Carter - 1
Beavers earn 77-69 victory at UC-Colorado Springs
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Beavers earn 77-69 victory at UC-Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team never trailed as it picked up its first win of the season with a 77-69 victory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Saturday. The Beavers pushed to a double-digit lead in the first half and held off a Mountain Lion run in the second half to earn the win and go 1-1 in the NSIC/RMAC Challenge in Colorado.    

Senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) won the opening tip and then scored the first bucket of the game to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. The teams played back-and-forth basketball for the first five minutes of play with both squads trying to find a rhythm. The score read 11-10 with 15:10 left in the favor of Bemidji State. With 10:42 showing on the clock the Beavers continued to hold a slim lead at 19-16, but pushed the next two minutes and found their first double-digit lead at 28-18 with 8:02 left in the first half.  

BSU never let the lead go below seven and pushed a lead to as high as 13 until taking the 44-30 lead into halftime on a jumper from sophomore Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.).

Ellisor led the Beavers in the half with 10 points and six rebounds. The things the Beavers struggled with against Metro State College Friday were remedied in the first half against the Mountain Lions as BSU had just three turnovers and were winning on the glass 20-13, which included an 8-1 advantage on the offensive boards that led to seven second chance points. Senior center Ryan Kinnell (Yuma, Ariz.) had seven points for BSU, including five straight that started the push to the double-digit lead. The Beavers forced eight UCCS turnovers that translated into eight points off turnovers. BSU was also 5-for-6 from the line.

The Mountain Lions won the first five minutes of the second half and cut the deficit to eight at 49-41 with 15:01 left in the frame. The Beavers responded just a minute later with two buckets underneath from junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) and the lead was back to 12 at 53-41.

The Beavers kept a double-digit lead until the 10:05 mark when UCCS knocked down a jumper in transition and the score was 57-48. The Beavers came out of the break and posted a 5-0 run to push the lead to 62-48 with 8:22 left in the half. UCCS followed with a 9-4 run and again got the BSU lead below 10 at 66-57 with 5:01 showing on the clock.  

A Mountain Lion 3-pointer with 3:40 left in regulation cut the Bemidji State lead to six at 66-60, the lowest it had been since mid-way thought the first half. BSU responded with a 4-0 run to get the lead back to 10 at 70-60 with just over two minutes to play, but UCCS came back with 4-0 run of its own and the score read 70-64 with 1:04 left on the clock.

UCCS played the foul game for the last minute, but were in the double-bonus, sending BSU to the free throw line. Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) made 1-of-2 twice and the Beavers led 72-64. Missed shots by the Mountain Lions and free points for BSU down the stretch led to the eight point victory.

BSU was led by Ellisor’s 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) finished with 12 points and Noreen had 10. The Beavers shot 46.6 percent from the field, while UCCS was 42.6 percent from the field.

BSU opens its home portion of the schedule Nov. 20 as it entertains future Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-member University of Sioux Falls 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).