Minnesota, Crookston was unable to stop Bemidji State and Lance Rongstad, who is also the quarterback for the Beaver football team, as the Golden Eagles fell 75-58 Tuesday in Crookston.
Bemidji State shot 26-of-56 for 46.4 percent from the field and 7-of-22 from 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles remain winless in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as they fall to 3-11 (0-10 NSIC). Bemidji State, the 2011-12 regular-season NSIC champion, improves to 8-6 (6-4 NSIC).
The Golden Eagles were led by senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.), who was 5-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc as he poured in 16 points. Senior shooting guard Justin Rake (Petal, Miss.) added nine points while James Sparkman (R-Jr., F, Ypsilanti, Mich.) and Brandon Burns (Jr., F, Baton Rouge, La.) each added eight points. UMC shot 19-of-52 for 36.5 percent from the field and 5-of-16 for 31.3 percent from behind the three-point line.
Rongstad connected on 8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 7-of-8 from the free throw line to finish with 26 points. Senior forward Mason Walters added 15 points while Dermaine Crockrell chipped in 13 points and Zach Noreen added 10.
UMC had its quarterback join the basketball squad about a week ago. A.J. Barge saw two minutes of playing time and hit his only shot, a three pointer.
The Beavers out-rebounded UMC narrowly 37-35. Rongstad led the Beavers with eight rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will look for that elusive first NSIC victory as they head to Upper Iowa Friday for a 8 p.m. start and Winona State Saturday with a 6 p.m. start.