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Spartans use second-half spurt to get past Pioneers

Published 11:04am Friday, November 29, 2013 Updated 12:12pm Friday, November 29, 2013

With a career-high 29 points from Ja’vonte Johnson, the M State men’s basketball team pulled out a come-from-behind 75-68 win over Northland Tuesday in Thief River Falls.

The Pioneers led the entire first half, with M State shooting just 40 percent. Anchored by its defense in the second half, the Spartans went on a 15-4 run to propel them to the win.

The Spartans went 27 for 57 from the field and 17 for 20 from the line. They also outshot the Pioneers 18-1 from the line in the second half.

Johnson also notched seven assists on the night, and Thomas Ford had 11 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and a steal.

The Spartans improved to 2-2 and play host to Rainy River at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

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