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Tesdahl sets record but Beaver men fall to Mankato

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The Bemidji State men's basketball team lost a heart-breaking 87-82 decision to No. 15-ranked Minnesota State Friday night in Mankato.

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The Beavers (7-10, 4-9 NSIC) recovered from a 12-point deficit early in the second half, but were unable to pull off the upset win.

Bryce Tesdahl, a junior guard from Crosby, became Bemidji State's all-time assist leader in the game, recording his 315th career assist in the opening minutes.

The first half was played evenly as the two teams went back and forth and neither held a lead greater than five. Mankato took a 46-41 lead into the locker room.

The Mavericks started the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 55-43 lead with 17:34 left on the clock.

Bemidji State was not ready to give in. The Beavers answered by outscoring Mankato 37-21 over the next 14 minutes. The Mavericks retaliated by scoring the next eight points to grab an 84-80 lead and they held on for the win.

Junior guard Jake Lindstrom led the Beavers with 21 points.

Senior forward Pat Cassidy added 18 points.

Junior guard James Ellisor added 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals.

Tesdahl and sophomore guard Burke Lendl each finished with 10 points.

Tesdahl added a team-high nine assists and seven rebounds.

Bemidji State returns to action at 8 p.m. tonight at Southwest Minnesota State.

BEMIDJI STATE: Lindstrom 8-14 1-1 21; Cassidy 7-11 2-3 18; Ellisor 7-9 2-2 17; Tesdahl 4-7 2-4 10; Lendl 1-3 8-8 10; Rongstad 2-7 2-4 6; Schalow 0-0 0-0 0; Walters 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 29-55 17-22 82.

MINNESOTA STATE: Mason 8-13 11-15 28; Hill 5-12 8-8 21; O'Brien 7-10 1-1 15; Drapcho 4-7 5-5 13; Whitehead 2-3 0-0 5; Morrow 1-4 1-2 3; Hodges 1-4 0-0 2; Kirschbaum 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 26-31 87.

Bemidji State 41 41 - 82

Minnesota State 46 41 - 87

A: 1,483

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