|February 01, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.397 (23-58)||.361 (22-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.241 (7-29)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (6-8)||.656 (21-32)|
Miller - 3
Rongstad - 3
Edwards - 3
Crockrell - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Senior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Sr., 6-3, 205, Eleva, Wis. / Eleva-Straum HS) led four Bemidji State University men’s basketball players in double-figures with 18 points Friday as the Beavers garnered a 72-57 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory versus Southwest Minnesota State University at the BSU Gymnasium.
Mason Walters (F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Milton, Wis. / Milton HS) posted his seventh double-double of the season netting a game-high 13 rebounds to go with 13 points, while senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (6-1, 165, Mesa, Ariz. / Scottsdale CC) added 16 points.
The Beavers got the first basket of the game and would build an early 7-6 lead on a pair of Walters layups, but a 1-for-12 stretch during the next seven minutes would put BSU down 14-9 midway through the first half.
Rongstad helped the Beavers regain the lead, 18-16 with a layup with 6:13 remaining in the half. The bucket would spark a 16-2 run to end the frame and send BSU into the halftime break holding a 34-18 lead.
SMSU opened the second half netting two of the first three baskets, but the Beavers would bounce back to stretch its lead to 16 points, 39-23, 6:18 into the half on a Maxie Rosenbloom (F, Jr., 6-6, 255, St. Paul, Minn. / Johnson HS) tip in.
The Beavers’ lead hovered around the 10-point mark until an 8-0 run by the Mustangs trimmed their deficit to 40-36 with less than 10 minutes to play. However over the course of the next five minutes, Crockrell would go 2-for-3 with a pair of 3-point field goals and hit 4-of-4 at the free throw line to give BSU a 53-39 cushion.
SMSU made a run late in the physical half, coming as close as 10 points 64-54 with 1:44 to go, but BSU, a team that was 18-of-27 at the line on the night (.667), was 10-for-10 at the charity stripe in the game’s final two minutes to hold the lead and gain the victory.
The Beavers improved to 10-9 overall and 8-7 in NSIC play and continue their current homestand tomorrow when they host league newcomer University of Sioux Falls. The opening tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.
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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).