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Defense leads way as Beavers belt Crookston

The Bemidji State men's basketball team used its defense to take down Minnesota Crookston 76-57 Friday at the BSU Gym. BSU forced Crookston into 22 turnovers on the night. "Crookston started the game shooting 80 percent," Bemidji State head coach...

The Bemidji State men's basketball team used its defense to take down Minnesota Crookston 76-57 Friday at the BSU Gym.

BSU forced Crookston into 22 turnovers on the night.

"Crookston started the game shooting 80 percent," Bemidji State head coach Matt Bowen said. "I think we came out back on our heels a bit. I credit Bryce Tesdahl and Dermaine Crockrell for picking up the defensive pressure on their ball handlers."

The Beavers' defense kept them in the game during a scoring drought that lasted over five minutes.

BSU busted out of that drought by going on an 11-0 run and holding UMC without a basket for eight minutes.

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"It was a very poor start on our end," Bowen said. "Once we applied pressure we were able to get back into our style of play and that got our offense going."

The Beaver offense bounced back to score 21 points in the final six minutes of the first half after scoring just 17 in the previous 14 minutes.

BSU led 38-29 at the half.

Thanks to a trio of three pointers from Bryce Tesdahl, James Ellisor, and Mason Walters the Beavers out-scored the Golden Eagles 15-3 in the first six minutes of the second half to build a 53-32 lead.

Ellisor led all scorers with 25 points.

The Golden Eagles (7-14, 3-14 NSIC) broke out of their slump but were not able to put a dent in the Beaver lead.

Lance Rongstad scored 21 points on eight of nine shooting. Tesdahl matched his career-high with 12 assists as a part of his double-double.

The Beavers dished out 22 assists as a team on 30 made baskets.

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"That is how our offense works best," Rongstad said.

"When we are moving the ball well and everyone is getting touches it puts a lot of pressure on the defense."

With the win, BSU is now 10-1 at home.

"The crowds make the biggest difference," Rongstad said. "We have had bigger crowds here this season than any other year since I have been here. We want to play well here to keep them coming back."

Bemidji State (17-6 12-5 NSIC) will look to continue the home success against MSU Moorhead today at 6 p.m.

Crookston (57)

Cubie 7-11 0-0 16; Graves 4-5 1-1 9; Schmidt 3-4 3-4 9; Anderson 3-11 2-2 8; Sharp 3-4 2-3 8; Monjeau 0-0 2-2 2; Newberry 1-2 0-0 2; Krdzalic 1-3 0-1 2; Rake 0-1 1-2 1; Parker 0-0 0-0 0; Lubke 0-0 0-0 0; Niang 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-41 11-15 57.

BSU (76)

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Ellisor 10-16 2-2 25; Rongstad 8-9 4-4 21; Tesdahl 4-5 1-1 11; Crockrell 3-4 0-0 7; Krebs 2-2 0-0 5; Walters 2-6 0-0 5; Berthene 1-4 0-0 2; Kinnell 0-0 0-0 0; Floyd 0-0 0-0 0; Schalow 0-5 0-0 0; Tesdahl 0-1 0-0 0; Edwards 0-1 0-0 0; Rosenbloom 0-1 0-0 0; Noreen 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 7-7 76.

Crookston 29 28 - 57

Bemidji State 38 38 - 76

3-point goals--Crookston 2-7; Bemidji State 9-18

Total fouls--Crookston 10; Bemidji State 15.

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