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Bemidji State men's basketball team falls to Concordia-St. Paul

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The Bemidji State men's basketball team was unable to recover from an overtime loss from the night before and fell to Concordia-St. Paul 79-73 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Saturday in St. Paul.

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Junior Bryce Tesdahl had six assists in the game, tying BSU's all-time career assists record with 314 career helpers.

"We had good energy and hung in there really well," said head coach Matt Bowen. "We had an opportunity with a couple minutes left to make a basket and take the lead, but we missed and they came down and hit a 3-pointer and that was it. We just need to be more consistent on the offensive and defensive end."

BSU got off to a good start and built an eight-point lead early in the second half. But thatquickly disappeared and turned into a seven-point deficit as the Golden Bears rattled off 15 unanswered points. The Beavers responded with a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game at 51-51 with 12:08 remaining.

With the Bears leading 71-70, BSU's Burke Lendl had a 3-point attempt with 1:58 remaining, but missed. A Lance Rongstad offensive rebound gave the Beavers another chance, but before they could take another shot, the Golden Bears stripped the ball from senior Patrick Cassidy and knocked down the dagger 3-pointer to earn a four-point lead with 1:16 left.

The Beavers wouldn't be able to rebound and CU made free throws down the stretch to pick up the victory.

BEMIDJI STATE: Ellisor 6-8 2-2 15; Tesdahl 5-7 0-1 13; Lendl 5-9 0-0 12; Walters 5-13 0-0 10; Cassidy 2-7 4-5 9; Rongstad 2-11 2-2 6; Schalow 2-3 0-0 5; Lindstrom 1-5 0-0 3; Kinnell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 8-10 73.

CONCORDIA: Barz 8-16 3-6 19; Kuderer 5-9 4-6 18; K. Olafeso 6-9 1-3 13; P. Olafeso 4-7 3-4 12; Thomas 4-8 0-0 11; Tyler 2-4 0-2 6; Vandervieren 0-2 0-0 0; Hamblin 0-0 0-2 0; Olstad 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 11-23 79.

Bemidji State 38 35 - 73

Concordia 32 47 - 79

A: 780

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