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M State tops Rainy River 100-85 Fri. [UPDATED]

Published 9:40am Monday, December 19, 2011 Updated 11:41am Monday, December 19, 2011

The M-State Mens basketball team used a 45-39 halftime lead to a 100-85 victory against Rainy River Community College Friday night in Brainerd at the Central Lakes Classic. The Spartans played aggressive, getting to the free-throw line 46 times, while Rainy River only shot 21 free throws.

“After a lackluster first half, we played better basketball in the second half,” said Jason Retzlaff, M State’s coach, whose team led by a 17 points, 94-77 at one point. “We did a nice job getting to the basket and getting to the free-throw line. Shane Bosek had an excellent game and was very strong getting to the basket. Shane and Rapheal (Cabaniss) also did a great job knocking down free throws to help extend our lead.”

Bosek led the Spartans with 26 points, while August Fleming had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Spartans John Paul Bright scored 12 and Cabaniss added 11 points. Teammates Keanu Glover had five assists and John Clark added six rebounds and four steals.

William Sparkman and Shawn Filipiak paced Rainy River with 24- and 16-points respectively.

M State shot 47 percent (33-of-69) for field goals and made 31 percent (4-of-13) of their 3-point field goal tries. The Spartans held a 40-36 rebounding edge.

The M State Spartans have won five of its last six games to improves to 5-6.

M State’s game on Saturday against Fon Du Lac, the last game of the Central Lakes Classic, was not available at press time.

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