January 14, 20121st2ndFinal
Concordia-St. Paul304777
Bemidji State5149100
Stats at a GlanceCUBSUMBB
FG Percentage.500 (28-56) .597 (37-62)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .556 (10-18)
FT Percentage.640 (16-25) .762 (16-21)
Offensive Rebounds1310
Defensive Rebounds1919
Total Rebounds3229
Bench Points3236
PointsOlafeso - 19
Ellisor - 21
ReboundsSmith - 5
Olstad - 5
TEAM - 5
Rongstad - 6
Rosenbloom - 6
AssistsOlafeso - 2
Smith - 2
Olstad - 2
Tesdahl - 12
StealsOlafeso - 2
Walters - 5
Tesdahl and Beavers dish out 100-77 victory over Golden Bears
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Tesdahl and Beavers dish out 100-77 victory over Golden Bears

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team improved to 5-0 after a loss in 2011-12 as it rolled to a 100-77 victory Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-foe Concordia University, St. Paul. Senior guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) handed out a career-high 12 assists in the win for his seventh career game with 10 or more assists.

Tesdahl reach his career milestone thanks to a season-best 59.7 percent shooting from the field by the Beavers, who improve to 12-5 overall and 7-4 in NSIC play. Tesdahl had eight assists in the first half where BSU shot 65.6 percent inside the arc and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from outside the arc. His 12 helpers is the most by an NSIC player this season and is tied for second (one shy of first) on BSU’s single game assists chart.

The Beavers hit 10 3-pointers (10-for-18, 55.6%) in the game to mark the fourth time this season the team has knocked down 10 or more from downtown. As a squad BSU had a season-high 20 assists and turned the ball over just 10 times, while creating 15 CU turnovers.

The hot shooting helped guide the Beavers to the 100 point mark for the 58th time in program history. The last time BSU reached the century mark was in last season’s 101-76 victory at University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers also tied a season-high with 13 steals in the game. Junior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) established a career-high and 2011-12 team-best five steals.  

Five players were in double-figures for the Beavers, led by NSIC points leader senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.). Ellisor contributed a game-high 21 points on 7-for-8 (87.5%) shooting from the field, a perfect 1-for-1 from downtown and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He added five rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes of play. Walters finished with 19 on 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) posted back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the first time in his young career, as he added 12 points in the game on 6-for-9 (66.7%) shooting from the field. Sophomore Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) was the spark plug in the first half to get the Beavers rolling as he added 11 points off the bench, knocking down three 3-pointers in the first frame. Junior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) totaled 11 points in a starting role and added three assists.

The Beavers had a bit of a sluggish start to the game as they found themselves down nine at 14-5 just over five minutes into the contest. A bucket from junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.), a defensive stop and then a 3-pointer from Walters jump started the home team then Schalow did his thing. The sophomore got the Beavers within one at 18-17, then a Crockrell drive to the basket handed BSU its first lead of the game at 19-18 with 11:13 to play in the half.

Schalow delivered a minute later to give the Beavers a four point lead, then another dagger - this time from six feet beyond the arc - just 30 seconds later pushed the score to 25-19, capping a 20-5 run during 4:35 of game time. The lead bounced between four and six for four minutes before an Ellisor jumper handed the Beavers their first double-digit lead of the game at 37-27 with 5:26 left in the half. The Golden Bears would only manage three more points the rest of the way as BSU stretched its lead to 21 by the break at 51-30.

The lead never dipped below 20 in the second half as the Beavers finished with a 23 point victory. The Golden Bears shot 50 percent from the floor, becoming only the third team to hit 50 percent or better from the field against BSU this season. The Beavers turned the 15 CU turnovers into 20 points, while allowing just 12 points off their own miscues.    

The Beavers open the second half of a four-game homestand Jan. 20-21 as Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University visit BSU Gymnasium.  

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