|February 17, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||SMSU|
|FG Percentage||.527 (29-55)||.538 (28-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (9-21)||.444 (4-9)|
|FT Percentage||.857 (12-14)||.667 (18-27)|
Rongstad - 2
Rongstad - 1
Kinnell - 1
MARSHALL, Minn - With 2.3 seconds showing on the clock and down two, junior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) got the inbound pass from the opposite baseline and knocked down a desperation shot from just inside half court to lift Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 79-78 victory at Southwest Minnesota State University Friday.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win moved BSU past SMSU in the standings to third as BSU is 14-6 in league play. The win moved the Beaver’ overall record to 18-7, reaching 18 wins for just the fourth time in program history.
Senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) guided the Beavers with 17 points on 7-for-12 (58.3%) shooting from the field. He is now 17 points shy of becoming the 15th player in BSU history to reach 1,000 points in a career. Senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) had 16 points on 5-of-10 (50%) shooting from the field. Crockrell finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) added 11 points on an efficient 4-of-6 (66.7%) from the field, 1-for-1 from 3-point land and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. He also had eight rebounds and six assists with two steals.
The Beavers shot 57.1 percent in the second half for a 52.7 percentage in the game. BSU was 9-for-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc and missed just two free throws for an 85.7 percent mark. The Beavers won the battle of the boards 31-24, including eight offensive rebounds for nine second chance points.
After trading buckets to start the game, SMSU opened a six point advantage at 14-8 with 14:43 remaining in the first half. BSU erased the deficit with a 6-0 run and the contest was tied 14-14 with 12:56 left.
The Mustangs responded with a 5-0 run and opened the 19-14 lead. SMSU was able to keep the lead the rest of the half, getting an advantage as large as nine at 32-23 with four minutes showing on the game clock. The Beavers were able to win the final four minutes 8-4 and trailed by five at the half 36-31.
The Beavers shot 48.1 percent in the half, but SMSU was a hot 59.1 percent, including an efficient 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. BSU hit on 4-of-10 attempts from 3-point land in the frame. The Beavers had 10 turnovers in the half, but forced eight Mustang miscues. Crockrell led the Beaver sin the first 20 minutes with 10 points and four rebounds.
The emotional contest ramped up in the second half as the Beavers erased a five point halftime deficit and took their first lead of the game at 46-45 with 12:37 remaining. After trading blows to a 52-52 tie game, the Beavers rattled off a 10-3 run over three minutes of play to grab a 62-55 lead with 6:49 left
The Mustangs didn’t go away and returned the favor with a 16-6 run of their own to own the 71-68 lead with just under three minutes to play. Free throws by BSU got the contest knotted up at 71-71. With SMSU leading 74-71, Rongstad knocked down a cold-blooded 3-pointer from the corner with 1:45 showing on the game clock.
BSU continued to have to respond to Mustang buckets as they hit a jumper to go up 76-74 with 1:26 left in regulation. Neither team scored for the next 1:10 of game time until Ellisor pulled down a rebound with 35 seconds remaining and with no shot clock drove to the basket with 16 seconds remaining and was fouled. He converted on both free throws to tie the game for the ninth time, this time at 76-76.
SMSU got past half court and called a timeout with 13 ticks showing on the clock. After working the permitter, Jordan Miller found William Giddings underneath for what seemed to be the game-winning shot as the clock went incorrectly continued to run after the bucket and went to zero. The referees met and added 2.3 seconds on the clock and the Mustangs took a timeout. After the break, Crockrell got the ball from Rongstad and used his speed to get past half court to huck up a shot that bounced off the front rim and dramatically floated up off the backboard and through the basket as time expired, sinking the Mustangs and home crowd while the Beavers went crazy and chased Crockrell around the gym.
The regular season road finale is Feb. 18 at Minnesota State University, Mankato with a 6 p.m. tip.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).