December 03, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State383169
Minnesota, Crookston202444
Stats at a GlanceBSUMBBUMC
FG Percentage.500 (23-46) .304 (14-46)
3P FG Percentage.667 (10-15) .182 (2-11)
FT Percentage.867 (13-15) .933 (14-15)
Offensive Rebounds610
Defensive Rebounds2318
Total Rebounds2928
Bench Points2421
PointsEllisor - 19
Cubie - 11
ReboundsEllisor - 6
Newberry - 8
AssistsTesdahl - 6
Cubie - 2
Sharp - 2
StealsRongstad - 4
Krdzalic - 3
BlocksEllisor - 1
Stout defense and 10 3-pointers guide Beavers to 69-44 win against UMC
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Stout defense and 10 3-pointers guide Beavers to 69-44 win against UMC
CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team returned to the brand of basketball it had started the season with and rolled past University of Minnesota, Crookston 69-44 Saturday to earn its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory of the season. A complete team effort on both ends of the floor guided the Beavers to the win, as they shot 50.0 percent from the field, hit 10 3-pointers and forced 16 Golden Eagle turnovers.

The Beavers (6-2, 1-1 NSIC) were led by senior James Ellisor’s (F, Glendale, Ariz.) 19 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) added 12 points and sophomore David Berthene (F, Lakeville, Minn.) had 10. Junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) made his first start of the season, posting six points, five rebounds and four steals, while providing energy on both ends of the floor. Nine different BSU players scored and seven had five or more points. BSU shot 66.7 percent from 3-point land (10-for-15) and 86.7 percent from the charity stripe (13-for-15), while holding UMC to 30.4 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from beyond the arc. The 10 3-pointers is a season-high, as is holding UMC to less than 31 percent from the field. BSU had 15 assists and 13 turnovers in the game.

Senior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit a 3-pointer on the Beavers’ first possession to hand the road team a 3-2 lead it wouldn’t relinquish. For the rest of the half BSU was able to build on that lead by forcing turnovers and knocking down shots from beyond the arc. The lead went to seven at 15-8 with a Berthene 3-pointer from the wing with 11:30 left in the half. The BSU advantage first reached 10 on a sophomore Jon Krebs (F, Mahtomedi, Minn.) bucket underneath as the scoreboard read 22-12 with 8:22 left.

A Ellisor bomb from beyond the arc with time running down on the shot clock handed BSU its largest lead of the game thus far at 32-18 with 4:03 remaining in the half. Behind 50.0 percent shooting from the field and hitting on 5-of-8 (62.5%) from 3-point land the Beavers stretched their lead to 38-20 at the half. BSU forced 10 Golden Eagle turnovers and held UMC to 33.3 percent from the field in the half. BSU had a balanced attack in the first half, as all nine Beavers that saw the floor scored, led by Berthene’s eight points.  

BSU came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders and from beyond the arc, extending its lead to 20 for the first time at 44-22 2:15 into the half on an Ellisor bucket from beyond the arc. Two minutes later the lead hit 27 at 49-22 on a Walters bucket. Despite the deficit the Golden Eagles never let up pressure and the BSU lead went down to 17 at 57-40 with 9:39 remaining in regulation.

Four straight points from Ellisor and the Beaver lead was back in the 20’s and it never dipped below 17 from that point on as BSU continued to hit shots and deny UMC on the defensive end. In the end, all available players saw the floor for BSU and nine of the 11 scored.

The Beavers continue their season-long NSIC road trip at Winona State University and Upper Iowa University Dec. 9-10.

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