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Beaver men's basketball team needs win at Duluth to stay alive

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The Bemidji State University men's and women's basketball teams travel to Minnesota-Duluth for Tuesday games that will wrap up the final week of regular-season play.

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The women's game begins at 6 p.m. and the men follow at 8.

While the women have been eliminated from the NSIC postseason tournament, the men are still alive.

The BSU men are 11-14 overall with a 7-11 mark in NSIC. That places the Beavers in 11th place, just one game outside of the three-team tie for eighth place in the standings.

The top eight teams when the season ends make the tournament.

The Beavers have pulled themselves back into contention by following up a four-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak, three coming in conference play.

The Beavers defeated Winona State 88-86 Saturday in their lone NSIC game last week and that victory completed the season sweep over the Warriors.

Bemidji State was led by freshman Lance Rongstad's career-high 29 points and he was named the NSIC men's basketball player of the week.

BSU will need some help in losses from the other three teams tied for eighth - Southwest Minnesota State, Northern State and Upper Iowa - in the final week of the season to have a shot at the postseason.

If that happens, BSU will need a win tonight against UMD (7-18 overall, 4-14 NSIC) to make Saturday's regular season finale at Wayne State matter.

The BSU women enter tonight's game 12-13 overall and 6-12 in NSIC play. The Beavers will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak against UMD (17-8 overall, 12-6 NSIC).

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Pioneer staff reports
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