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Hot shooting lifts BSU men to 84-66 win over Southwest State

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The Bemidji State men's basketball team, boosted by its early hot shooting, defeated Southwest State 84-66 Friday at the BSU gym.

"Our ball movement was much better," said Bemidji State coach Matt Bowen. "Quite honestly, we are playing slower but we are scoring more points because we are a little bit more deliberate. We were able to get the 3-point shot by working the ball inside and our guys knew when the 3-pointer was there."

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The Beavers (9-14, 6-13) made their first five 3-point attempts to jump to a 19-4 lead with 10:10 remaining in the first half.

BSU finished with 14 long-range baskets and shot 74 percent from behind the line.

At intermission the Beavers enjoyed a 37-18 lead and expanded the margin to 24 points with 13:28 to play.

Southwest, however, closed to within 60-50 with 8:23 remaining but Lance Rongstad silenced the Mustangs with a trio of 3-pointers.

"That is why you get 20-point leads, I told the team," said Bowen. "Basketball is a game of runs and it is nice to allow a run and look up at the scoreboard and say 'hey, we are still up 10.'"

Rongstad scored 22 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. James Ellisor added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Pat Cassidy scored 12 points and Bryce Tesdahl contributed 10.

The Beavers will host No. 14 Minnesota State 6 p.m. today.

Southwest (66): Roehl 6-12, 3-3, 15; Smith 1-1, 0-0, 2; Birch 5-8, 2-2, 12; Miller 2-5, 6-8, 11; Zager 2-8, 0-0, 5; Carlson 2-3, 09-0, 6; West 2-5, 1-1, 5; Giddings 1-1, 0-0, 2; Jones 1-2, 0-0,2; Buddenhagen 0-1, 0-0, 0; Huseby 2-4, 2-2, 6. Totals: 24-50, 14-16, 66

BSU (84): Cassidy 4-8, 3-4, 12; Walters 3-9, 0-1, 8; Ellisor 7-11, 2-2, 18; Rongstad 8-12, 5-5, 25; Tesdahl 3-3, 2-3, 10; Noreen 1-1, 0-0, 3; Lendl 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schalow 2-2, 2-2, 8. Totals: 28-47, 14-18, 84

Fouls: Southwest 18, BSU 16

Halftime: BSU 37, Southwest 18

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