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Minnesota West Basketball Update: Jan. 17, 2022

The Minnesota West men’s basketball fell behind early, then rallied in the second half Monday afternoon at the Center for Health and Wellness before ultimately dropping an 80-71 decision to visiting St. Cloud Tech in a game that had been postponed from Jan. 8 to COVID-related issues.

Bluejays head coach Brian Stoebner said the team trailed by 17 points in the first half – the second consecutive day it had done so – before bouncing back well and trimming the gap to just two with under eight minutes to go.

Minnesota West freshman guard Jacob Dorian finished with a game-best 21 points. Tyvorus Lawton added 14 points, Jabril Muktar had 11 and C.J. Ligon 10. The loss drops the Bluejays to 3-11 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

On Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota West men were defeated on the road by Anoka-Ramsey, 93-84. The Bluejays couldn’t quite recover from a 46-29 halftime deficit.

Lawton led the Bluejays in scoring Sunday’s game with 22 points. London Campbell contributed 18 points while Muktar added 15 points along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Bluejays shot 48% in the second half after just a 32% effort in the first half. (Anoka-Ramsey made 47% of shots from the floor for the game while also going 20-for-25, for 80%, from the foul line.)

Earlier Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota West Lady Jays fell at Anoka-Ramsay, 79-61. MacKensie Post and Tia Murray each had 15 points to top Minnesota West offensively, Madisyn Huisman had 13 points and Dannyn Peterson added 11 points. Peterson had a team-best six rebounds. The Lady Jays shot 37 percent from the field while committing 22 turnovers; they are now 6-10 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Minnesota West’s basketball teams will next play a doubleheader Wednesday night at Ridgewater College.

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