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Crockrell's buzzer beater lifts Bemidji men's basketball over Mustangs

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Dermaine Crockrell provided the heroics for the Bemidji State men's basketball team as his long three-pointer from the sideline over two defenders at the buzzer gave BSU a thrilling 79-78 win over Southwest Minnesota State on Friday in Marshall.

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SMSU's William Giddings was able to make a circus lay-up on an alley-oop pass from Tramel Barnes with two seconds left to give the Mustangs a 78-76 lead.

Crockrell, however, took the in-bound pass, crossed the half court line, and saw his desperation 3-pointer bounce off the rim twice and fall through the net.

Entering Friday's action, SMSU and BSU were in third and fourth place, respectively, in the NSIC standings.

A dunk from William Giddings marked the beginning of a 6-0 run for the Mustangs to build a 28-21 lead.

SMSU grabbed its largest lead of the game at 32-23 with four minutes left in the half. The Mustangs led 36-31 at halftime.

A layup from Bryce Tesdahl with 13:17 remaining gave the Beavers their first lead at 43-42.

Fueled by a 25-13 run, BSU had its largest lead at 62-55 with 6:49 left to play.

SMSU (14-10, 13-7 NSIC) answered by going on a 16-6 run to re-take the lead at 71-68 with 2:39 remaining.

Lance Rongstad tied the game 74-74 with a 3-pointer with 1:18 left to play to help set the stage for the wild finish.

Rongstad finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

Crockrell finished with 15 points and six rebounds.

James Ellisor led all scorers with 17 points.

Bemidji State (18-7 13-6 NSIC) looks to continue its road success 6 p.m. Saturday at Minnesota State.

Bemidji State (79)

Ellisor 17 7-12 2-2, Tesdahl 16 5-10 4-6, Crockrell 15 6-9 1-1, Rongstad 11 4-6 2-2, Walters 8 2-7 3-3, Schalow 5 2-3 0-0, Noreen 4 2-4 0-0, Kinnell 3 1-2 0-0, Rosenbloom 0 0-2 0-0, Edwards 0 0-0 0-0. Totals 79 29-55 12-14.

SMSU (78)

Smith 17 5-10 7-9, Giddings 13 6-12 0-0, Miller 13 4-11 3-4, Lavione 111 5-5 1-4, Sussenguth 8 2-4 4-7, Birch 7 2-3 2-2, Zager 7 3-4 1-1, Barnes 0 0-1 0-0. Totals 78 28-52 18-27.

Halftime: SMSU 36, Bemidji State 31

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