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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Rongstad nets 1,000th career point but Bemidji State falls to WInona State 70-67

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WINONA – Bemidji State’s Lance Rongstad scored his 1,000th career point Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as Winona State came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to edge the Beavers 70-67 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Friday night.

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The Beavers (8-7, 6-5 NSIC) led 42-31 at halftime thanks to Rongstad’s 16 first-half points.

But the Warriors (15-3, 9-2 NSIC) chipped away at BSU’s lead, finally pulling even with the Beavers at the 11-minute mark of the second half.

The two teams traded leads for the rest of the game, but the game turned in the final 90 seconds.

Jason Edward’s 3-pointer with 1:28 to play tied the game at 66-66, and his free throw on the shot made it 67-66.

After the Warriors missed a 3 on their end and the Beavers missed a two that would have put them up by 3, Winona’s Cameron Taylor made a layup with 29 seconds to go to give WSU the lead once again.

The Beavers had a chance to take the lead on their next possession but turned it over, leading to two made foul shots from WSU’s Jordan Fisher.

BSU’s Mason Walters then missed a 3 with seven seconds to go, which gave WSU the win.

Rongstad was BSU’s leading scorer with 24 points while Clayton Vette powered WSU with 30.

Bemidji State (67) – Rongstad 8-18 5-7 24; Edwards 5-8 1-1 13; Crockrell 4-6 1-4 10; Walters 3-12 1-3 7; Rosenbloom 2-4 0-0 4; Noreen 1-3 0-0 3; Jones 1-1 0-0 3; Farrington 1-1 0-0 3; Anderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 8-15 67.

Winona State (70) – Vette 11-16 8-11 30; Humphrey 5-9 0-0 10; Johnson 4-6 1-2 9; Cameron 4-9 0-0 9; Taylor 1-4 2-2 5; Palkert 1-2 0-0 3; Blacklock 1-3 0-0 2; Fischer 0-3 2-2 2; Masberg 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-54 13-17 70.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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