January 19, 20131st2ndFinal
Bemidji State343367
Upper Iowa364581
Stats at a GlanceBSUMUIU
FG Percentage.400 (24-60) .636 (28-44)
3P FG Percentage.321 (9-28) .500 (8-16)
FT Percentage.625 (10-16) .810 (17-21)
Offensive Rebounds106
Defensive Rebounds1226
Total Rebounds2232
Bench Points819
PointsRongstad - 16
Elgin - 27
ReboundsWalters - 7
Wentzien - 5
TEAM - 5
AssistsRongstad - 5
Hughes - 8
StealsEdwards - 2
Hughes - 3
BlocksRongstad - 1
Smith - 1
Wentzien - 1
Lang - 1
Upper Iowa downs Beavers 81-67
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Upper Iowa downs Beavers 81-67

FAYETTE, IOWA (Dorman Gymnasium) - The Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell to 3-6 on the road in 2012-13 with a 81-67 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss at Upper Iowa University Saturday in Fayette, Iowa. The Beavers are 8-8 this season and own a 6-6 NSIC record.

The Peacocks shot 70.8 percent from the field in the second half, en route to a 63.6 percentage in the game, while the Beavers shot 40 percent in the contest. Guided in the effort was a 6-for-10 showing in the second half from downtown by UIU. Bemidji State hit nine 3-pointers, but attempted 28 and posted a 32.1 percentage. BSU forced 16 UIU turnovers, but could only produce six points off the miscues. BSU was outrebounded 32-22.

Four Beavers were in double figures, led by senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) and junior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.), who each had 14 points. Rongstad, who has led the team in scoring the last three games, also added a team-high five assists with four rebounds. Senior forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis.) added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while senior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) had 11 points, four rebounds three assists.

The Beavers trailed by 10 at 17-7 with 12:34 remaining in the first half, but countered with a 10-1 run that got them within one with 8:40 showing on the game clock. The teams traded buckets until BSU found its first lead of the game at 24-23 on a Rongstad layup with 5:23 left in the frame.

The squads again traded blows all the way to the halftime buzzer where Upper Iowa went into the locker room with a 36-34 advantage. In the half, there were four tie ball games and six lead changes.

A 3-pointer to open the second half by Crockrell gave the road team a 37-36 lead just 11 ticks into the final 20 minutes, but UIU came back with a 12-4 run and opened an eight-point lead at 51-43 with 14:59 left.

The Peacock lead hit 16 at 62-46 with 11:42 left, but the Beavers battled back to face a four-point deficit at 63-59 with 8:05 remaining. During the 11-1 run, BSU got scoring from four different players and seven points from Noreen.

A three minute scoring drought by the Beavers would place it in a 13-point hole at 74-61 with just under five to play and the UIU lead never dipped below 10 the rest of the way, en route to BSU's third loss in the last four games.

The Beavers look to recover at home Jan. 25-26 against Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University, respectfully.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).