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Jimmies test Wolves, NSU nips UJ in Aberdeen

Another quality opponent, another narrow loss for the Jimmies.

It didn’t count in the win-loss record, but coach Justin Wieck’s team was right there against Northern State in Aberdeen, but the NCAA Division II Wolves hung on for a 78-73 win Tuesday.

“It was a really good effort by our guys, but at some point we gotta get tired of giving a good effort and get over the hump and get a win,” said Wieck, who was an assistant coach at NSU prior to taking over the Jimmies. “We’re as happy as you can be with losing, but it’d be a lot more enjoyable if we were excited right now about winning against a good team in their gym.”

The game was the latest in a serious gauntlet the Jimmies are running in their November schedule.

“We knew the schedule was going to be tough, but at the same time we’ve had chances to win pretty much all of these games,” Wieck said. “We’ve told our guys we’re really close. We made some really nice improvement defensively from last weekend to tonight, which is important if we’re going to take that next step as a team.”

The Jimmies (2-4) spent more time leading than trailing Tuesday night.

A 3-pointer from Taylor Newton late in the second half gave the Jimmies a 12-point edge at 36-24, the biggest advantage either team had all night.

Mark Hoge sank a three to open the second half and it was 39-28 Jimmies.

The Wolves (2-1) chipped away and took their first lead at 53-51. The lead see-sawed from there with the Jimmies leading 66-65 on a free throw by Dan Janu.

A 3-point play by Hoge made it 74-73 with 21 seconds left, but the Wolves scored the final four points to secure the win.

Hoge poured in 23 points to lead the Jimmies. Newton added 10 off the bench, including a pair of triples.

The Jimmies are back home Friday night, hosting Crossroads Bible College (Minn.). The two teams met in Mayville to open the season and lit it up for over 200 points combined.

“Our guys are really grinding right now,” Wieck said. “Hopefully it will lead to getting a better finish of some of these games.”

Northern State 78,                                                       University of Jamestown 73

Jamestown 36 37 — 73

NSU 28 50 — 78

University of Jamestown — Brequan Tucker 8, Breshion Tucker 9, DeVonte Smith 9, Mark Hoge 23, Beny Collins 2, Taylor Newton 10, Logan Brown 3, Jake Hagler 2, Jesse Behm 3, Dan Janu 4. Totals: 22-48 FG, Three-pointers: 10-22 (Smith 3, Newton 2, Breshion Tucker 2, Brown), 19-25 FT, 20 Rebounds (Collins 5), 25 Fouls, 11 Assists (Brequan Tucker 4), 10 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Collins), 8 Steals (Hoge 2).

Northern State — Mitch White 7, Seth Bachand 17, Jared Hannigan 5, Trent Zomer 17, Skye Warwick 6, Mack Arvidson 4, Tydan Storrusten 14, Darin Peterka4, Michael Schreiber 4. Totals: 26-45 FG, Three-pointers: 4-14 (Warwick 2, Hannigan, Zomer), 22-28 FT, 32 Rebounds (Zomer 9), 21 Fouls, 9 Assists (Warwick 3), 12 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (Bachand 2), 4 Steals (Bachand 2).

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)                    952-8460 or by e-mail at

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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