|February 10, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMC||BSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.537 (22-41)||.536 (30-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (2-7)||.500 (9-18)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (11-15)||1.000 (7-7)|
Krdzalic - 5
Graves - 2
Sharp - 2
Krdzalic - 2
Rongstad - 3
Newberry - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. -Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) dished out 12 helpers and posted 11 points to assist the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 76-57 victory against University of Minnesota, Crookston Friday at the BSU Gymnasium in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. Most of Tesdahl’s career-tying assists went to senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) and junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.), who posted 25 and 21 points, respectfully. BSU improved to 17-6 overall and 12-5 in NSIC play with the win.
The 12 assists moves Tesdahl’s season number to 141 and places him fifth on BSU’s single season assists chart. With five regular season games left, the senior is just 27 assists shy of breaking BSU’s single season assist record of 167, held by James Roberson (2003-04). The 12 assists ties himself and Roberson for second on the program’s single game assists list. Tesdahl has three double-digit assist games this season and nine in his career. The double-double is the first of the season and fourth of his career. He joins Ellisor (three) and Rongstad (one) with double-doubles this season.
For the third time this season the Beavers had two players score 20 or more points in a game. The past two came from the Ellisor and junior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) tandum, but this time it was Rongstad who posted a season-high 21 points to join Ellisor. Rongstad was an extremely efficient 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the field, 1-for-1 from beyond the arc and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. He added three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
Ellisor is no stranger to scoring in the 20s, as he has done so a league-most 11 times. He got to 25 points on 10-for-16 (62.5%) shooting from the field, 3-for-3 from downtown and 2-for-2 from the line. He also added six rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Tesdahl shot 4-for-5 (80%) from field and hit on 2-of-3 from beyond the arc to help guide the Beavers to 53.6 percent shooting overall and a 50 percent clip from 3-point land. BSU has shot 50 percent or better in seven of the last eight games, going 6-2 in the last eight contests. On the season, the Beavers are 11-0 when shooting above a 50 percent clip.
The 9-for-18 shooting performance from 3’s helps the No. 31 nationally 3-point shooting percentage team improve its mark to 39.3 percent on the season. BSU didn’t shoot a lot of free throws, but made all seven attempts. UMC got the Beavers in the rebounding category 25-24, but the glaring stat of the evening was the 22 turnovers the home team forced. BSU recorded 10 steals - tied for second most this season - in the win and turned the Golden Eagle giveaways into 25 points. The Beavers had 11 turnovers (No. 2 nationally, averaging 10.5 TOpg entering the contest) that led to 10 UMC points. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 53.7 percent, but the turnovers handed the Beavers 15 more shot attempts in the game. As a team the Beavers tied a season-high with 22 assists.
A slow start saw the BSU trailing 20-17 with 10:14 remaining in the first half. The Beavers were shooting in the low 30s, while the Golden Eagles were shooting a hot percentage in the high 60s. The home team responded and shutdown UMC for almost seven minutes to post an 11-0 run to own a 28-20 advantage with under four minutes to play.
The Beavers continued to push the pace and opened a 38-29 lead at halftime. BSU forced 14 Golden Eagle turnovers, while only turning the ball over twice on the offensive end. The Beavers turned the 14 turnovers into 15 points. The squad also got seven points on second chance opportunities, bringing down four offensive rebounds. BSU was guided by Rongstad in the half, as he posted 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field. Ellisor had 13 for BSU and Tesdahl had eight assists in the frame.
The Beaver lead went to 11 at 40-29 on an Ellisor lay-up from Tesdahl 1:02 into the second half. The advantage quickly reached 21 at 53-32 six minutes into frame on a Tesdahl jumper. With the starters on the bench UMC made a mini-comeback and were within 15 at 58-43 with 7:42 remaining, but head coach Matt Bowen put the starters back onto the floor and the five made sure to squash any comeback attempt, en route to the 19 point victory.
BSU has 17 wins, the most since the 2004-05 squad went 17-12 on the season. Thirteen Beaver squads have reached 17 wins in a season in program history, but only three have seen 18 wins in a campaign. Bemidji State looks for number 18 Saturday when Minnesota State University Moorhead visits BSU Gymnasium. The Dragons and Beavers are tied for third in the NSIC standings entering the contest. MSUM is 16-6 overall and 12-5 in league play.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).