December 17, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State325082
Stats at a GlanceMARYMENBSUMBB
FG Percentage.429 (21-49) .481 (26-54)
3P FG Percentage.316 (6-19) .750 (15-20)
FT Percentage.765 (13-17) .789 (15-19)
Offensive Rebounds910
Defensive Rebounds2019
Total Rebounds2929
Bench Points199
PointsSmith - 20
Crockrell - 21
ReboundsDorr - 9
Rongstad - 9
AssistsJaspers - 3
Tesdahl - 7
StealsDorr - 1
Jaspers - 1
Rongstad - 2
BlocksJohnson - 3
Fifteen three pointers lift Beavers past Marauders 82-61
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Fifteen three pointers lift Beavers past Marauders 82-61

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Dermaine Crockrell (Jr., G, Mesa, Ariz.) tallied 21 points in his second game with the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to help lift the Beavers past University of Mary 82-61 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers were 15-of-20 (75%) from beyond the arc - 10-for-11 in the second half - led by Crockrell’s 4-for-4 performance from downtown. Senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) was also 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to 20 points.

The Beavers closed the 2011 calender year with a 9-3 overall record (4-2 NSIC) while the Marauders fell to 2-8 overall (1-5 NSIC). The 75.0 percent from beyond the arc set a new team record for 3-point percentage in a game, surpassing the previous mark of 73.4 percent set last year in a 14-for-19 performance against Southwest Minnesota State University (Feb. 18, 2011).

The game can be easily described as a tale of two halves. BSU struggled to get anything going in the first half, but were able to hold a 32-31 lead at the break despite being outshot 44.4-37.5 percent and outrebounded 20-12 - 7-3 on offensive glass. The Beavers hit five of their nine shots in the first half from downtown.

Everything that wasn’t dropping in the first half was tickling the twine in the second half as junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) knocked down two big 3-pointers to jump start the offensive onslaught. Rongstad shot 0-for-4 in the first half, but shot 4-for-6 in the second. BSU missed just one shot from the field in the first five minutes of the frame, hitting four 3-pointers in that stretch to open an 11 point lead at 47-36. On the flip side, the Marauders had four turnovers in the first five minutes and went 2-for-4 from the field.

The BSU lead quickly jumped to 21 with 12:14 left in the half at 59-38 on a Crockrell 3-pointer. The Beaver lead went to as high as 25 at 63-38 before U-Mary made a mini-run to cut the deficit to 16 with 4:32 remaining. BSU squashed any hopes of a comeback over the next two minutes and pushed the lead back to 23 before closing the game with a 21 point advantage.

The Beavers turned the ball over just four times in the game, while posting 17 assists. BSU forced 10 U-Mary miscues and converted that into 12 points. The Beavers shot 48.1 percent in the game after a 56.7 percent performance in the second half. Rongstad finished the game with 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) posted 11 points and seven assists. He was an efficient 4-for-5 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. BSU is 5-0 at home this season.

The Beavers have a week and half off of basketball for the holidays before they come back to Bemidji to prepare for their three-game NSIC homestand Jan. 3 against University of Minnesota Duluth at 8 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).