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Spartan Men Take Care of Business with Win Over Western Tech

By Craig Olson, 02/10/24, 9:00PM CST


The M State Men's Basketball team turned in a solid 40 minutes of excellent basketball on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Western Technical College by a score of 91-70 in Fergus Falls.  M State shot the ball at a 48% (35-73) clip and made 40% (10-25) of their 3's, and 11-of-14 free throws.  They also dominated the boards, 53-31, and recorded 8 blocked shots, 7 of them coming in the first half.


Belind Alemadi had another superb game, registering a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while adding 3 assists, 2 steals and a pair of blocks.  Mikele Kambalo delivered 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.  Khamani Steckler was strong inside throughout the game, finishing with 19 points,7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.  Steckler made 8-of-12 field goal attempts and hit 3-of-4 foul shots. Javin Tindall added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.  Tyson McArthur led the team with 3 blocked shots.

M State trailed only once in the game, at 12-11.  Their halftime lead was 46-37 and at one time they led by 25 points in the second half.

Western Tech was led by Cullen Rauls with 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals.  Dalton Collins came off the bench to hit 12 points, while Evan Mathews and Jalen Roman each delivered 9 points.

M State (13-11, 5-6 MCAC South) is now tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South as Anoka-Ramsey and Ridgewater both lost their games on Saturday and also sit a 5-6.  The Spartans will play at Ridgewater Wednesday night in a game with definite playoff implications.