Senior guard Seth Haake set a career milestone in leading the BSU men's basketball team to a thrilling 71-69 win over Minnesota-Duluth Saturday afternoon at BSU Gymnasium.
Haake scored a team-high 23 points and surpassed the 1,000 career-point mark in a game the Beavers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes to earn the win.
BSU did not allow the Bulldogs to score in the final 5:08 of the second half.
Bemidji State needed its last possession to overcome UMD's nine second half 3-pointers. BSU freshman Lance Rongstad's layup with 12 seconds remaining gave the Beavers the final margin. Ron White's 3-pointer at the buzzer was contested and missed short.
The Beavers improved to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in NSIC play with back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
"This was a big team win," BSU head coach Matt Bowen said. "Our guys were able to overcome a team that shot 14 3-pointers. We got some key stops late in the game and were fortunate to win."
Haake now owns 1,003 career points, becoming the first BSU player to reach the milestone since All-America Charles Hanks accomplished the feat from 2001-04.
"Seth has been a quality player and our go-to guy for the last year and a half," Bowen said. "He has tremendous skills on and off the court and will be sorely missed. I'm glad to have a model like Seth to show our young players as we continue to build this program."
Haake shot 7-of-10 from the floor, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and went 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the game.
BSU hit 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) 3-pointers in the game, matching UMD's 3-point percentage, but not its output as the road team went 14-for-26. Six of those bombs came in a 4:48 time span during the second half that flipped a seven point BSU lead into a nine point advantage for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (7-11, 4-7 NSIC) jumped out to a 11-5 lead in the first four minutes, but the Beavers went on a 17-2 run to take a 22-13 lead with 9:13 left in the first half. BSU got scoring from five different players in the run, with Haake leading the way with six.
BSU led the game 32-29 at half.
Haake was a big part of the late rally by scoring four points during the 13-0 run with two steals and an assist.
Rongstad finished with 15 points. Mason Walters contributed 12 points and three rebounds. Bryce Tesdahl had eight rebounds, six assists and four points.
Up next for Bemidji State is a road trip to No. 3 Minnesota State University, Mankato next Friday and Southwest Minnesota State University next Saturday. Game times are set for 8 p.m.