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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Bemidji State University men's basketball team trailed for most of a 78-66 loss to Wayne State College Sunday.

But the Beavers made a run to tie the game 62-62 with 4:31 left in the regulation before running out of gas in the final minutes of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game played at the BSU Gymnasium.

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The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent from the field, the most by a Bemidji State opponent this season.

"We have to get better on defense," said head coach Matt Bowen. "It's OK when a team has a hot shooting night against you, but when it happens more and more, something is wrong on our end. We need consistency from all our players, especially with the short bench we have."

The Beavers (5-7, 2-4 NSIC) had their only lead in the first three minutes of the game. A couple of buckets from sophomore Lance Rongstad gave BSU a 4-2 lead and then a 6-5 edge, but Wayne State went on a 9-0 run to grab a 14-6 lead at the 14:07 mark.

The Wildcats kept a two-possession lead through the rest of the half until a free throw from senior Seth Haake put BSU within three with 4:44 remaining in the frame.

The teams traded hoops for the rest of the half and the Beavers trailed 34-31 heading into the locker room.

A 16-4 Wildcat run in the second half put the Beavers in a deep hole. BSU responded with a 7-0 run, and the Beavers were able to keep the deficit to single digits over the next six minutes of the game, finally tying the score at 62-62 with 4:31 on the clock.

But Wayne State held firm down the stretch.

Haake scored a team-high 16 points, while Rongstad (15), Patrick Cassidy (11) and Mason Walters (11) were also in double-figures. Rongstad added a team-high six rebounds.

BSU didn't shoot poorly at a 43.4 mark and only turned the ball over seven times to WSC's 16.

Bemidji State travels to Concordia University Friday and St. Cloud State Saturday.

WAYNE STATE (5-7 (2-3 NSIC))

Shelby, Amry 6-11 8-10 21; Metz 9-12 0-2 18; Starken 7-11 0-0 18; Spiker 1-3 6-6 8; Jensen 3-7 1-2 8; Rudloff 1-1 0-0 3; Miller 1-3 0-0 2; Tasa 0-0 0-0 0; Paulsen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-48 15-20 78.

BEMIDJI STATE (5-7 (2-4 NSIC))

Haake 6-17 1-2 16; Rongstad 6-9 3-4 15; Cassidy 4-7 3-3 11; Walters 4-8 1-2 11; Tesdahl 2-3 5-6 9; Berthene 0-2 2-2 2; Lindstrom 1-5 0-0 2; Shepherd 0-1 0-0 0; Lendl 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 15-19 66.

Halftime: Wayne 44, Bemidji 31.

3-point goals--Wayne State 7-15 (Starken 4-7; Shelby 1-1; Rudloff 1-1; Jensen 1-4; Miller 0-2), Bemidji State 5-16 (Haake 3-7; Walters 2-4; Berthene 0-2; Lindstrom 0-1; Shepherd 0-1; Rongstad 0-1). Fouled out-- Wayne State-None, Bemidji State-Cassidy. Rebounds-- Wayne State 35 (Jensen 7; Spiker 7; Metz 7), Bemidji State 23 (Rongstad 6). Assists-- Wayne State 14 (Jensen 6), Bemidji State 11 (Tesdahl 8). Total fouls-- Wayne State 20, Bemidji State 22. Technical fouls-- Wayne State-None, Bemidji State-Cassidy 2. A-761

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