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Bemidji State men's basketball: Shooting struggles hurt Beavers in loss to Parkside

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell 78-65 to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament Saturday.

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Senior guard Seth Haake led the Beavers with 17 points.

"We missed open shots and it led to frustration," said head coach Matt Bowen. "It was a carbon copy of the Jamestown loss. We had some times where we were on, but we had trials where we struggled on both ends of the floor."

A Lance Rongstad free throw with 3:38 remaining in the first half gave BSU a 30-29 lead, but the Beavers would end up trailing 38-33 at the half.

Haake hit a free throw with 17:14 remaining on the clock in the second half to regain a BSU lead. The game went back-and-forth for the next four minutes until UW-Parkside took a one point lead with 12:38 remaining.

Parkside did not trail the rest of the way and padded the winning margin until the final buzzer.

Haake was one of three Beaver players to record double-digits in points. Junior Patrick Cassidy posted 13 points and four rebounds and junior Brady Fairbanks had 11 points with a team-high six rebounds.

BSU shot 40.7 percent from the field, but only 13.3 percent from the 3-point line. UW-Parkside shot 44.6 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.

The Beavers begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at home next weekend. BSU plays Minnesota State University Moorhead on Friday at 8 p.m. and Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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Pioneer staff reports
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