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BSU men’s basketball heads into NSIC opener at 5-1

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2011) — Bemidji State University men’s basketball is off to a 5-1 start to its 2011-12 season and enters Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with its highest pre-season coaches’ poll place since 2006.

The Beavers opened the season with a thrilling 71-58 exhibition loss at Big Ten Conference member Minnesota on Nov. 1, using a game-high 21 points from junior David Berthene to keep the Golden Gopher lead under 10 points until late in the second half.

BSU dropped a 71-60 decision at 10th-ranked Metro State to open its regular season, and from there has ripped off a streak of five consecutive wins to post its best record after six games since 1997-98.

The five-game winning streak includes home wins over the University of Sioux Falls, Minot State University and Michigan Tech, and road victories at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and the University of Wisconsin, Stout.

Bemidji State was picked seventh in the pre-season NSIC Coaches’ Poll, its highest pre-season ranking since 2006. BSU tied for 10th in the NSIC a year ago, finishing 11-15 overall and 8-14 against the conference.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

For more information, contact Bemidji State University’s Office of Athletic Media Relations at (218) 755-2763, or visit

Team members are listed below by hometown.

Avon | 56310 | Zach Noreen, freshman, criminal justice, forward
Crosby | 56441 | Brock Tesdahl, junior, physical education, guard
Crosby | 56441 | Bryce Tesdahl, senior, physical education, guard
Lakeville | 55044 | David Berthene, junior, environmental studies, forward
Mahtomedi | 55115 | Jon Krebs, sophomore, business administration, guard
St. Paul | 55119 | Maxie Rosenbloom, freshman, business administration/accounting, forward

Glendale | 85303 | James Ellisor, junior, mass communication/sport management, forward
Mesa | 85203 | Dermaine Crockrell, sophomore, sport management, guard
Phoenix | 85042 | Jason Edwards, junior, business administration, guard
Yuma | 85365 | Ryan Kinnell, senior, criminal justice, center

Palm Springs | 92240 | Dillon Floyd, freshman, psychology, forward

Eleva | 54738 | Lance Rongstad, senior, biology, guard/forward
Kaukauna | 54130 | Jake Schalow, freshman, physical education/social studies education, guard
Milton | 53563 | Mason Walters, junior, business administration, forward


About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.