MITCHELL, S.D. -- The Minnesota West men’s basketball team opened its season on Tuesday, edging Dakota Wesleyan JV 84-83 in Mitchell.

Allen Johnson, a freshman from Louisiana, converted a layup with about 20 seconds remaining to give the Bluejays the one-point lead. Dakota Wesleyan attempted one final shot near the baseline, but the Jays got a hand up and it fell awry.

Johnson finished with 20 points. Jacquez Stoudemire scored 18 and Dallas Williams contributed 10.

“We moved the ball really well. And we transitioned really well,” said West head coach Taylor Lupton. “There was a lot of getting off of screens and getting into isolation. One on one we’re very hard to guard. We’re very athletic.”

The Bluejay men will next play at Mount Marty on Friday.

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Minnesota West 34 84

Dakota Wesleyan JV 35 83