Jimmies sweep: Men sneak past Morris 67-64A ragged final six minutes nearly cost the Jimmie men. Up 66-53 with 6:30 to play, Jamestown College scored just two points the rest of the way, but got one last stop in the game’s final possession to hang on 67-64 Tuesday night at the Civic Center.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
A ragged final six minutes nearly cost the Jimmie men.
Up 66-53 with 6:30 to play, Jamestown College scored just two points the rest of the way, but got one last stop in the game’s final possession to hang on 67-64 Tuesday night at the Civic Center.
It was the third straight win for the Jimmies, although it was harder than it needed to be.
The Jimmies made just two free throws in the final 6-plus minutes, but the two by Mark Hoge put them up 67-64 with 10 seconds left. Jamestown College defended Morris well on the final possession of the game and forced a tough shot.
“We just got too loose with ball,” said Hoge. “We still have a long ways to go, but it’s always good to get a win.”
As usual Hoge played a huge role in it. Playing with a big black brace over his right shoulder, the junior from Ironton, Minn., poured in a game-high 30 points.
“Mark made a lot of huge shots, a lot of good plays,” JC coach Justin Wieck said. “Needless to say we’re a lot better team when he’s out there.”
The Jimmies improved to 5-3 with the win, and appeared it was going to be pretty comfortable after a 17-4 run made it 65-53 with 6:33 left.
But the well went dry.
“We played well in the second half up to that point. I had to get on them at halftime. I had to yell, which I don’t like to do, but sometimes you have to do it,” the smiling Wieck said.
Whatever he said worked, because after allowing 39 first-half points, Morris was held to 25 over the final 20 minutes.
“We were coming off a really good weekend. I could kind of sense in practice we were a little loose. You try to stay on them, but sometimes it doesn’t always sink in,” Wieck said. “This was easy tonight, but we’ll definitely take the win.”
Taylor Newton had another strong game in the victory. The sophomore guard from Tyler, Minn., had 18 points and seven assists.
“Taylor is doing a lot of really good things for us,” Wieck said.
Davon Thomas added 12 points and blocked two shots.
The Jimmies play Montana State-Northern on Friday and Saturday in Havre. The Lights are ranked 15th in NAIA Division I.
“We got two tough games coming up. It will be a big challenge for us, but it will make us better as a team we hope,” Hoge said.
Jamestown College 67, Minnesota-Morris 64
Minnesota-Morris 39 25 — 64
Jamestown College 37 30 — 67
Minnesota-Morris: Brendon Foss 2, Evan Reller 5, R.J. Dean 14, Logan Orazem 10, Jeremy Burns 1, Tyler Pendleton 4, Steve Birman 18, Nick Jansen 2, Jordan Giesek 8. Totals: 22-54 FG, Three-pointers: 9-21 (Birman 4, Dean 2, Orazem 2, Pendleton), 11-17 FT, 36 Rebounds (Foss 6, Dean 6), 17 Fouls, 18 Assists (Orazem 4), 22 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Foss), 6 Steals (Foss 2, Birman 2.).
Jamestown College: Breshion Tucker 4, Taylor Newton 18, Davon Thomas 12, Mark Hoge 30, Jared Sutherland 2, Jesse Behm 1. Totals: 23-45 FG, Three-pointers: 9-21 (Hoge 4, Newton 3, Thomas 2), 12-18 FT, 27 Rebounds (Behm 6), 18 Fouls, 15 Assists (Newton 7), 20 Turnovers, 4 Blocked shots (Dan Janu 2, Thomas 2), 8 Steals (Hoge 2, Tucker 2).
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com