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The Spartans went in at half time against Ellsworth down six with the score being 27-21, but the biggest problem was stopping them from getting offensive rebounds for second chance opportunities. Ellsworth out-rebounded the Spartans and 19 of their 41 rebounds were offensive. The spartans lost 71-51.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We did a better job of keeping them from getting offensive rebounds in the second half, but they got hot from three and that helped created big enough lead that we could not recover from.”
The Spartans hosted the DMACC Bears on February 12 and lost 74-41. The Bear’s strong three-point shooting gave them control of most of the game, hitting a total of nine from behind the arc and nearly 40 percent from the field. Head Coach Addae Houston said, “I though we battled hard against them for 40 minutes but we could not hit shots that may have kept the game close.”
Morgan Knorr lead the team with 12 points.
The Spartans struggled with an unexpected slow start against Southeastern. They eventually found themselves on the losing end of a 63-41 final. Head Coach Addae Houston said, "I thought we had practice well leading into that game but we had too many unforced turnovers in the first half and that allowed them to take control of the game."
First half score was 36-9. In the second half we shot the ball better and limited our turnovers but the lead was too much to overcome. Darian Polson lead all scorers with 14 points along with eight rebounds. Morgan Knorr also contributed 11 points and two steals.
The Spartans faced Iowa Lakes for the second time in conference play on Saturday, February 1, and it was a much different game then the first meeting losing to the Lakers by 17 points. A slow start offensively and poor rebounding by the Spartans led to too many second chance point opportunities for the Lakers which allowed them to be in control for the majority of the first half but only led by four 26-22.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, "We have struggled all year with rebounding, but I will never make the excuse that we are too small. We just have to be better at holding off bigger players and give effort."