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Beaver men snap losing streak

The Bemidji State men's basketball team snapped its season-long seven-game losing streak with an 85-78 win over Minnesota-Crookston on Friday night in Crookston.

Sophomore guard Lance Rongstad, who missed last Saturday's game against Duluth because of an injury, returned to the starting lineup with full force. He led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds. He made 18 of his 20 free throw attempts. Rongstad entered Friday's game ranked No.15 in the nation at the line, shooting 89 percent.

The Beavers (8-13, 5-12 NSIC), who came into the game ranked second nationally in free throw percentage, made 40 of 49 from the line.

BSU captured an early lead at 14-13 and maintained it for the remainder of the half.

Bemidji led Moorhead 39-32 at halftime.

The Beavers grabbed their largest lead of the game at 15 with 15:26 remaining on the game clock.

The Golden Eagles closed the gap to 76-71 with 2:22 left to play, but Rongstad and the Beavers' foul shooting was just too much.

Junior forward James Ellisor added 15 points in the winning effort. He also led all players by grabbing eight boards.

BSU, which has been haunted by its own lack of rebounds, out-rebounded UMC 37-23.

Junior guard Bryce Tesdahl added a dozen points for the Beavers. Freshman guard Jake Schalow scored 11 points and made three shots from behind the arc.

Bemidji State will look to make it two wins in a row as it plays at MSU Moorhead tonight at 8 p.m.

BEMIDJI STATE: Rongstad 2-6 18-20 22; Ellisor 5-6 5-7 15; Tesdahl 3-7 5-6 12; Schalow 3-4 2-2 11; Noreen 3-5 2-2 9; Walters 1-8 7-10 9; Cassidy 2-5 1-2 5; Lindstrom 1-3 0-0 2; Rosenbloom 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 40-49 85.

MINN.-CROOKSTON: Brown 6-16 6-7 18; Krdzalic 2-2 11-15 15; Dearden 5-10 2-2 13; Servaty 3-7 0-1 9; Hendricks 4-6 0-0 8; Graves 2-3 3-4 7; Boebel 3-5 0-0 6; Larsen 1-1 0-0 2; Cary 0-0 0-0 0; Anderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 22-29 78.

Bemidji State 39 46 - 85

Minn.-Crookston 32 46 - 78

A: 311

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