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Bemidji State junior guard Jake Lindstrom tries to get past a Michigan Tech defender during the first half of Tuesday's game at Houghton, Mich. Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University

Hot-shooting Huskies roll to 101-88 victory over Beaver men

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HOUGHTON, Mich - The Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell in its season opener Tuesday 101-88 in a nonconference matchup at Michigan Tech University.

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The Beavers were led by junior transfer James Ellisor's 25 points.

Sloppy play and a lack of early offense by the Beavers put the road team in a hole they would never get out of. They made only one of their first five shots and trailed 14-3 when junior Jake Lindstrom made a pair of free throws to start a 6-3 run.

But the Huskies pulled away from there, hitting 55 percent of their shots in the first half to take a 49-31 lead, then shooting 51 percent in the second half to keep the visitors at bay.

Michigan Tech committed only 11 turnovers to Bemidji's 15. The home team also had nine steals. The Huskies outscored BSU 26-12 in the points off turnovers category and 16-7 in second-chance points.

The Beavers won the second half 57-52, thanks mostly to 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Ellisor scored 19 of his 25 in the second half, shooting 7 of 7 from the line in the second and 9 of 9 overall.

Ellisor also led the team in rebounds with six. Senior forward Pat Cassidy scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Sophomores Mason Walters and Burke Lendl posted 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Beavers continue nonconference play today with a 4 p.m. game at Finlandia University.

BEMIDJI STATE (0-1): Ellisor 8-13 9-9 25; Cassidy 7-11 5-6 19; Walters 3-6 4-6 13; Lendl 4-7 0-0 10; Tesdahl 3-7 1-2 8; Kinnell 2-2 0-0 5; Shepherd 1-1 0-0 3; Lindstrom 0-2 3-6 3; Schalow 1-3 0-0 2; Whicker 0-0 0-0 0; Rosenbloom 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-54 22-29 88.

MICHIGAN TECH (1-0): Armga 9-13 10-10 29; Hojnacki 8-17 4-4 21; Haider 7-8 3-3 17; Culy 5-10 2-3 14; Fowler 2-4 2-5 7; Gaedke 2-4 1-2 5; Reetz 1-3 0-0 3; Katona 1-3 0-0 2; Kindt 1-2 0-2 2; Esters 0-0 1-2 1; Molesworth 0-1 0-0 0; Stephens 0-0 0-0 0; Olley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 36-68 23-31 101.

Bemidji State 31 57 - 88

Michigan Tech 49 52 - 101

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