Beaver Basketball Loses Both Games
Alex Berg | Sports Writer | 01/26/2011
The men’s basketball team suffered a pair of losses in the southern part of the state this past weekend, 87-82 to No. 15 Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday night at Bresnan Arena, and 78-62 on Saturday night to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
In the opening minutes of Friday night’s game, junior guard Bryce Tesdahl recorded his 315th assist of his career, making him the career leader at BSU.
Tesdahl was one of five Beavers who finished in double figures. He tallied 10 points, recorded nine assists, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The first half of the game was played at an even tilt; neither team possessed a lead greater than five, and the Mavericks held a 46-41 lead as the two teams headed to the locker room.
The nationally ranked Mavericks came out in the second half looking to put the Beavers away. They started the half with a 9-2 run and built a 12 point lead with 17:34 minutes left to play.
The upset hungry Beavers showed they came to play, as they outscored Mankato 37-21 over the following 14 minutes to take an 80-76 lead with just three minutes remaining.
Mankato answered with an 8-0 run of its own, as they were able to grab an 84-80 lead with less than a minute left, which was enough to fight off the upset-minded Beavers.
BSU was led by junior guard Jake Lindstrom, who finished with 21 points.
The lone senior, Pat Cassidy, added 18 points. Junior guard James Ellisor finished with 17 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
On Saturday night, BSU experienced its worst shooting effort of the season, shotting a season-low 31 percent in the loss to the Mustangs.
“Tonight was the second time this year we let missed shots dictate our energy and it really hurt us in the second half,” Head Coach Matt Bowen told the team’s website. “It was a very frustrating game tonight, but we have to give SMSU credit as they capitalized on our mistakes. This concluded a very difficult four-game road stretch and although we played very solid basketball for the major portion of it we weren’t rewarded for our efforts.”
The game was decided in the second half, where the Mustangs outscored the Beavers by a score of 45-27.
BSU opened the game by scoring the first 6 points, 5 from sophomore forward Mason Walters. Walters finished the game with a team-high 17 points.
Southwest State had problems holding on to the ball in the first half, and the Beavers capitilized on its 12 turnovers to grasp a 35-33 lead at the intermission.
The first 11 minutes of the second half were played rather evenly; the score was tied at 49 and it looked as if another close ending was in the making.
In the remainder of the game, the Mustangs outscored the Beavers by a score of 29-13 and eased its way to victory. Southwest State finished the game shooting a deadly 56 percent from the floor.
Cassidy was the only other Beaver in double figures, with 10 points.
“The difference between winning and losing in this league are very small this year and currently we have too many lapses and a lack of execution that has come back to haunt us,” Bowen said to the team’s website.
BSU will return home Friday to play University of Mary at 8 p.m. in the BSU gym.