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Tesdahl, Ellisor lead BSU past Finlandia

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Bryce Tesdahl scored 23 points and James Ellisor added 21 to power the Bemidji State University men's basketball team to an 84-63 victory Wednesday at Finlandia.

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BSU (1-1) bolted to a 39-27 advantage behind the shooting of Tesdahl and Ellisor who combined for 26 points in the opening 20 minutes, including 16 by Tesdahl.

Both teams struggled in the early going as the Beavers owned only a 4-3 lead after five minutes.

The pace quickened the remainder of the half, however, and an 11-0 Bemidji State run gave the visitors an 18-8 lead midway through the half.

The spurt began with a pair of free throws by Ellisor and included Ellisor's fast-break dunk, Tesdahl's 3-point bomb and a pair of layups by Burke Lendl.

In the second half Finlandia drew within 51-48 with 13:47 to play but BSU answered with a 13-1 spurt to regain control at 61-50.

Bemidji State returns to action Tuesday when it makes its home debut against Stout at 7 p.m.

BEMIDJI STATE (1-1): Tesdahl 5-11 11-11 23; Ellisor 7-13 6-6 21; Cassidy 4-5 5-6 13; Lendl 4-5 1-1 9; Rosenbloom 1-1 3-5 5; Walters 2-6 0-0 4; Schalow 1-4 0-0 3; Noreen 1-2 0-0 2; Whicker 1-1 0-0 2; Sheperd 1-1 0-0 2; Kinnell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-50

26-29 84.

FINLANDIA (0-2): Moore 7-15 2-5 17; Owens 5-16 4-7 16; Leskela 6-9 2-2 14; Morrow 2-3 2-2 6; Greer 1-2 0-0 2; Luebbe 1-1 0-0 2; Malminen 0-0 2-2 2; Brown 1-5 0-0 2; Miller 0-0 2-2 2; Kennaday 0-0 0-0 0; Strong 0-0 0-0 0; Patrick 0-0 0-0 0; Calhoun 0-5 0-0 0; Koski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-57 14-20 63.

Bemidji State 39 45 - 84

Finlandia 27 36 - 63

A-200

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