|December 10, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||UIU|
|FG Percentage||.396 (21-53)||.426 (23-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (9-27)||.267 (4-15)|
|FT Percentage||.704 (19-27)||.625 (10-16)|
TEAM - 6
Berthene - 2
FAYETTE, Iowa – Sophomore Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) scored 15 of his career-high tying 21 points in the final 13:34 of the game Saturday as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team outlasted host Upper Iowa University for a 70-60 victory in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. BSU also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) as it improves to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in NSIC play.
“Schalow and Berthene really stepped up for us tonight and made some big shots at opportune times,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “(The run) all started on the defensive end with some big stops that lead to big plays on the offensive end. Upper Iowa played extremely hard and I’m proud of our guys for not panicking, running our offense and really doing the things we needed to do to control the game.”
After owning a nine point lead 3:37 earlier, the Beavers found themselves tied at 46-46 with 7:24 showing on the game clock in the second half. BSU found their sparks off the bench as sophomores Schalow and David Berthene (F, Lakeville, Minn.) proved to be heros for the Beavers. Schalow knocked down a big shot from beyond the arc, then followed it with two free throws as BSU rattled off a 7-0 run, which was capped by a Berthene dunk, to own a 53-46 advantage with 3:41 left in the half.
Berthene then went to the outside and knocked down a dagger from beyond the arc, which was followed by two converted free throws from senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) and all of a sudden BSU was up 10 at 58-48 with 2:07 showing. Already in the bonus the Beavers went to the line to secure the victory and knocked down 12-of-14 from the charity stripe to ensure their win and avoid any dramatics from the Peacocks.
Ellisor’s double-double is his third of the season and second in as many nights. Schalow went 4-for-7 (57.1%) from the field, taking just one shot from inside the arc as he posted a 4-for-6 (66.7%) mark from beyond the arc. The four buckets from downtown was a career-high and the six attempts tied a career-high, while he also added career-marks from the charity stripe, as he went 9-for-10. Tesdahl had nine points and a season-high eight assists. BSU shot 39.6 percent from the field, its lowest mark in a victory this season. The Beavers hit nine 3-pointers and went 17-for-25 (70.4%) from the free throw line.
The Beavers jumped out on the Peacocks from the opening whistle with a 7-0 run to force an early timeout from the UIU bench. BSU got four points from Ellisor during the run that took 3:29 off the game clock. BSU was able to extend its lead to 10 at 23-13 with 7:48 remaining in the half on a junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) jumper, but the Peacocks would eventually find a rhythm and posted a 11-3 run to cut the deficit to two at 26-24 with 3:05 left. The Beavers went on to win the final three minutes of the half 8-4 to hold a 34-28 lead heading into the locker room. Ellisor had 16 points and six rebounds at the half to lead all scorers.
BSU opened the second half a bit sluggish and saw its lead go down to one at 36-35 4:19 into the frame. The Beavers were able to bounce back and reclaim a 44-35 lead with 11:01 remaining in regulation, as five different players scored for BSU. Unfortunately for the road team, the see saw match continued and the Peacocks responded with a 9-0 run over 3:14 of game time to tie the contest 44-44.
The Beavers are 4-0 on Saturdays this season, mostly thanks to the depth BSU has boasted this season. The bench has been vital to the 7-3 start, as seven games have been on the road. The bench proved important in the win against the Peacocks, getting production down the stretch and fresh legs for the starters that have been able to get more of a break this season. Sophomore Jon Krebs (F, Mahtomedi, Minn.) and senior center Ryan Kinnell (Yuma, Ariz.) were big for BSU as it stretched its first half lead to seven before the break, while Schalow and Berthene combined for 20 points in 27 minutes in the second half.
“We’ve grown,” Bowen said. “We’ve had to go through last year of playing well and losing at the end to get to where we are now. We’ve talked about this all year, but our depth is huge, especially down the stretch and on the back-end of weekend games.”
The Beavers open their home portion of the NSIC schedule Dec. 16-17 as Northern State University and University of Mary visit the BSU Gymnasium for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. start times, respectfully.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).