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Bemidji State's Jake Lindstrom fights his way through a maze of arms during Saturday night's game against Minnesota-Crookston at the BSU?Gymnasium. BSU?Photo

BSU men earn 900th victory in history of basketball program

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BSU men earn 900th victory in history of basketball program
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For the second consecutive night, the Bemidji State men's basketball team held a double-digit lead in the second half Saturday.

But unlike Friday, this time the Beavers were able to hold on for an 88-63 win over Minnesota-Crookston at the BSU gym.

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It was the 900th victory in the history of the Bemidji State men's basketball program.

"The main difference was the energy level, the speed that we played at, and transitioning from offense to defense," said Beavers coach Matt Bowen. "We did a terrible job of that last night. After some soul searching this morning and after watching film of last night's game, we played with more energy. We certainly made mistakes, but they were aggressive mistakes."

The Beavers (3-2, 1-1 NSIC) went on a 15-2 run to take a 20-15 lead midway through the first half and never looked back.

"There are 22 of these things (NSIC games) and they are absolute battles," said Bowen. "It is difficult to win on the road in this league. You have to hold home court, and after giving one away last night, tonight was almost a must win to stay in the race and get a playoff spot."

The Beavers featured a balanced offensive attack. Senior forward Pat Cassidy and sophomore forward Mason Walters had 15 points each. Junior forward James Ellisor added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds.

"Tonight we brought a lot of energy on the court," said Ellisor, "more than last night, obviously. We continued to play hard, rebound and run the floor; all the important things we need to do to win."

"It feels good," Ellisor said of the first win in conference play. "Obviously we have a long road ahead of us. Hopefully it sets a tone and we can improve every day during practice and it will translate on the court."

Bemidji State will return to action next Friday at 8 p.m., when Winona State comes to town for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.

MINNESOTA-CROOKSTON: Dearden 7-12 4-5 18; Hendricks 7-17 3-4 17; Brown 3-7 0-0 8; Larsen 2-8 1-2 6; Servaty 2-3 0-0 5; Anderson 1-5 0-0 3; Krdzalic 1-5 0-0 2; Graves 1-3 0-0 2; Cary 0-0 2-2 2; Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0; Rotibi 0-1 0-0 0; Boebel 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 10-13 63.

BEMIDJI STATE: Cassidy 6-9 3-3 15; Walters 6-9 2-2 15; Ellisor 6-8 2-2 14; Lindstrom 3-5 1-1 9; Tesdahl 1-4 6-6 8; Lendl 3-6 0-0 6; Rongstad 2-6 2-2 6; Whicker 2-3 1-2 5; Noreen 2-4 0-0 4; Rosenbloom 1-1 0-0 2; Schalow 0-2 2-2 2; Kinnell 1-4 0-0 2; Shepherd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-62 19-20 88.

Minnesota-Crookston 32 31 - 63

Bemidji State 45 43 - 88

A: 867

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