In the lane

M State men’s basketball and former Otter Nic Pearson leads a fast break during Wednesday’s home game against Minnesota West.

The M State men’s basketball team got up on the visiting Minnesota West Blue Jays Wednesday and held off a late surge to pick up a 62-59 victory.

The Spartans held a slim 33-27 lead at the break. Coming out of the break, the Blue Jays did everything in their power to overcome the deficit but M State held off their visitor to get the win.

Tyrell Ross-Childs led the Spartans in scoring with 20 points, while teammates Nic Pearson and Renell Edwards each chipped in a baker’s dozen.

Minnesota West dominated the rebounding battle as they outboarded M State 44-27.

The Spartans will now travel to take on Riverland Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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