THIEF RIVER FALLS — The M State men’s basketball team fell to 1-1 on the season as the Spartans were outpaced 75-62 in a road contest against Northland Community College Friday.

The Spartans struggled early in the first half as they went into the break down 32-23. The Pioneers did not let their visitor get back into the game as they recorded a nondivisional victory.

“It was a back and forth first half until the final three minutes when Northland hit some big threes to take a nine-point halftime lead,” Spartans head coach Shawn Sorenson said. “Turnovers and giving up offensive rebounds hurt us the whole game.  In the second half, they really moved the ball well and hurt us by attacking the basket on perimeter drives.  They got a large lead in second half with about six minutes to go and then we fought back late but it was too much of a deficit to get all the way back.”

Nic Pearson led the Spartans in scoring with 22 points, while teammate Zakaria Zaid grabbed 10 rebounds in the game.

M State struggled from the field going 24-for-69 from the floor and making 11 of their 38 3-point attempts. The Pioneers also commanded the boards with 54 rebounds compared to M State’s 39.

The Spartans will look to get on the winning track as they travel to take on Itasca Community College at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


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