Bemidji State men’s basketball defeats Minnesota-Duluth 85-72 and moves into fourth place in NSIC standings, photo gallery

Bemidji State's David Berthene, left, keeps the ball from going out of bounds at the baseline under the pressure of Minnesota-Duluth's Dan Kornbaum during the first half of Tuesday night's game at BSU Gymnasium. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State men’s basketball team defeated Minnesota-Duluth 85-72 Tuesday at BSU Gymnasium in a key midseason conference matchup for both teams.

The Beavers took control early and never let up in improving to 10-3 on the season and 5-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The win moved the Beavers into fourth place alone in the 14-team conference.

“This was definitely a game where we could see where we are at because they (UMD) are very similar to us in the standings,” BSU forward Mason Walters said. “It felt good to win and being 5-2 is a whole lot better than being 4-3.”

Walters had 13 points and was one of three Beavers to reach double figures scoring. James Ellisor scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and Bryce Tesdahl had 11 points.

Bemidji State won the game with an effective defense and kept UMD without a 3-pointer until there was 3:09 left in the game. The Bulldogs were 2-for-7 from beyond the arc in the loss.

Jake Hottenstine had 18 points and Ryan Rasmussen had 11 points to lead UMD (7-4, 4-3 NSIC).

“Ryan Rasmussen and Jake Hottenstine are prolific guys to guard and we did a decent job at defending the 3-point shot tonight,” BSU head coach Matt Bowen said. “Duluth is a good team and four us to control the game most of the way, that’s a great way to start 2012.”

The Beavers opened the game with a 16-8 lead through the first six minutes and led 40-24 with 4:32 left in the first half.

BSU led 46-34 at halftime and pushed its lead out to 58-39 four minutes into the second half. Bemidji State never let the Bulldogs back in the game and led 83-62 with 3:12 remaining.

BSU made 52.7 percent of its shots from the field and were 10-for-22 from 3-point range. There were eight different BSU players to make a 3-point shot in the win.

“We’ve been working on 3-point shots and jump shots period since we came back from break,” Ellisor said. “It’s a big win for us because we wanted to separate ourselves in the standings and this was a big test for us. Now we’ve got Augustana and Wayne State on the road this weekend and it’s our goal to win two games this weekend.”

Bemidji State will take a four-game winning streak to No. 21 Augustana (8-4, 5-3 NSIC) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Wayne State (4-8, 3-5 NSIC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Scoring summary

Minnesota-Duluth (72)
Hottenstine 7-12 4-7 18, Ervin 7-12 3-5 17, Rasmussen 4-12 3-5 11, Crawford 3-7 2-2 8, Kornbaum 2-4 0-0 4, Rodriguez 2-2 0-0 4, Erie 1-2 0-0 3, Sprang 1-2 0-0 3, Zoelle 1-5
0-1 2, Walker 1-4 0-0 2, Powers 0-0 0-0 0, Ewing 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-62 12-20 72.
Bemidji State(85)
Ellisor 10-15 4-7 25, Walters 4-9 4-7 13, Tesdahl 3-9 3-3 11, Crockrell 3-6 2-3 9, Berthene 2-3 1-2 7, Schalow 2-3 0-0 5, Rongstad 1-3 3-4 5, Noreen 2-3 0-0 5, Edwards 1-2 0-0 3, Floyd 1-1 0-0 2, Kinnell 0-0 0-0 0, Tesdahl 0-0 0-0 0, Krebs 0-0 0-0 0, Rosenbloom 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-55 17-26 85.
Halftime- BSU 46, UMD 34.

Photo Gallery

All photos by Eric Stromgren

Bryce Tesdahl

Dermaine Crockrell

Jason Edwards

Jake Schalow

Lance Rongstad

Maxie Rosenbloom

James Ellisor

Dermaine Crockrell

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