Pioneers spoil Spartans’ home openerPublished 9:08am Monday, November 18, 2013
The M State Spartans played welcoming hosts to the Northland Pioneers Saturday, but the Pioneers were not as pleasant as it defeated the M State women 86-50 and edged the men 90-83 in double overtime.
The Spartan women opened the women/men doubleheader taking on a very tough Northland team.
The Pioneers were able to force 28 turnovers and ran away with the game earlier on as the Spartans struggled to from the field going 14 of 42.
Maria Johnson led M State with 20 points, while teammate Danielle Pratt dropped in 12 tallies in the game.
In the men’s game, a hard fought battle between the two teams saw the score finish 72-72 at the end of regulation.
With the first overtime ending in yet another tie, the Pioneers were able to find an advantage from the foul line, hitting 8 of 12 free throws as it claimed the victory.
The Spartans were led by J.J. Morris with 21 points. Teammates Ja’Vonte Johnson (17), Luke Halbakken (13) and Gavin Dettwiler (10) were also in double digits in the game.
The M State teams will now travel to Grand Rapids to take on the Itasca Vikings with the women beginning play at 6 p.m. and the men following at 8 p.m. Tuesday.