The wheels on the University of Jamestown men's basketball "Redemption Tour" bus rolled into Hastings, Nebraska, on Saturday and continued to live up to the hype.
The Jimmies bested the Hastings College Broncos 90-71, winning a third consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference game over an opponent that had previously beat the Jimmies this season. The tour continues Wednesday hosting Northwestern College, and Saturday at No. 1 Morningside College.
Northwestern and Morningside both, too, got past the Jimmies earlier in 2019-2020.
"We're calling it the Redemption Tour," said UJ men's basketball coach Danny Neville, via phone somewhere between Nebraska and North Dakota on Saturday night. "We're gonna take it one day at a time and one game at a time."
Five Jimmies reached double figures in scoring against the Broncos, led by junior forward Brady Birch's double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Birch has averaged 12 rebounds per night in wins over Hastings, Mount Marty and Dakota Wesleyan the past 10 days, which has witnessed the Jimmies claw back to fifth in the GPAC standings at 9-7 with four to play.
Senior guard Terrell Alfred buried 5 of 9 from beyond 3-point range and scored 18, while Isaiah Dobson (15 points) made good on 3 of 4 from downtown and Jack Frazier (15) was 2 of 3. Fraizer, both an outstanding defender and a reliable facilitator offensively, has produced an uptick in scoring as of late.
The senior guard from Salem, Oregon, buried 3 of 5 from 3-point range in Wednesday's 94-82 victory over Mount Marty at Harold Newman Arena. Saturday's 15 points was Frazier's best offensive output in his two seasons at UJ.
"You can tell that he's more confident," Neville said. "He's a grinder, he's been in the gym a lot more trying to get his offensive game up. We really use him on the other end, so it's good to see him have that burst of some offense.
"I'm happy for him and hopefully he can continue what he's doing."
Frazier scored Jamestown's first two points of the second half Saturday after the Broncos slashed a 42-36 UJ lead to 42-41 just two minutes after the break. The bucket kicked off a 14-4 UJ spurt that was capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Jack Talley and Dobson.
Hastings was unable to get back to within six points thereafter, as the Jimmies would lead by as many as 21. Talley finished with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Mason Walters produced 11 points and eight boards off the bench.
"A couple times they cut it to single digits and I thought our guys just made plays, and it was everybody," Neville said. "It was a group effort."
Jamestown ripped 12 of 24 3-pointers through the hoop, won the glass (40-35) and limited Hastings to just 7 of 28 from behind the arc. Freshman guard Mason Hiemstra led the home team scoring 17.
Hastings (13-13, 6-10 GPAC) defeated the Jimmies 79-65 in Jamestown on Jan. 4. UJ was still without 6-foot-8 junior forward Brock Schrom.
"I thought the best thing was how well we defended them and how well we competed," Neville said. "We always think that offensively we're gonna be fine. Now that we're guarding -- I think at a high level -- the wins have started to come."
The Jimmies (18-8 overall) have won four in a row and six of their last seven. Jamestown gets a second crack at Northwestern (18-8, 10-6) beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Newman.
The Red Raiders are third in the conference and defeated the Jimmies 103-94 on Nov. 23 in Orange City, Iowa.
"The guys that we've been playing have had just great production for us, and (on) both ends, too," Neville said. "Offensively we're kinda clicking, but I think defensively we're clicking as well. For us, it's at the right time and, hopefully, we can continue this."
Broncos 65, Jimmies 51
The University of Jamestown women's basketball team fell to No. 2 Hastings 65-51. The Jimmies committed 25 turnovers all told but were tied with the unbeaten Broncos (26-0) in the fourth quarter.
An Emma Stoehr 3-pointer leveled the scoreboard at 43-43 with 9 minutes, 35 seconds remaining. But Hastings' All-American Shandra Farmer countered with a 3-pointer, kicking off a 14-1 run by the home team and the Broncos wouldn't look back.
Sophomore Noelle Josephson paced the Jimmies with 15 points and four assists. UJ sits sixth in the conference (16-10, 9-9 GPAC) and will host Northwestern (14-9, 9-9) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Jimmies fell to the Red Raiders 78-51 on Nov. 23.
University of Jamestown 90, Hastings College 71
UJ 42 48 -- 90
HC 36 35 -- 71
UJ -- Brady Birch 19, Terrell Alfred 18, Isaiah Dobson 15, Jack Frazier 15, Mason Walters 11, Jack Talley 10, Devan Praska 2. Totals: 25-67 FG, 12-24 3-pointers (Alfred 5, Dobson 3, Frazier 2, Talley, Walters), 8-9 FT, 40 Rebounds (Birch 12), 1 Block (Talley), 7 Steals (Talley 2), 20 Assists (Talley 8), 18 Fouls, 12 Turnovers.
HC -- Mason Hiemstra 17, Bart Hiscock 12, Brendan Lipovsky 11, Karson Ganesbom 10, Shane Chamberlain 10, Logan Cale 5, Zach Kitten 4, Eli Hunter 2. Totals: 27-65 FG, 7-28 3-pointers (Gansebom 2, Chamberlain 2, Cale, Lipovsky, Hiemstra), 10-18 FT, 35 Rebounds (Kitten 9, Hiscock 9), 2 Blocks, 4 Steals (Hiemstra 3), 9 Assists (Hiscock 4), 9 Fouls, 10 Turnovers.
Records: Jamestown 18-8, 9-7 GPAC. Hastings 13-13, 6-10.
(2) Hastings College 65, (RV) University of Jamestown 51
UJ 18 8 14 11 -- 51
HC 18 16 9 22 -- 65
UJ -- Noelle Josephson 15, Olivia Anderson 8, Courtney Mosloski 8, Kia tower 4, Mackensi Higlin 4, Correy Hickman 4, Emma Stoehr 3, Hanna DeMars 3, Grace Benz 2. Totals: 19-55 FG, 6-13 3-pointers (Josephson 2, Anderson 2, Tower, Stoehr), 7-12 FT, 43 Rebounds (DeMars 7), 5 Blocks (Anderson 2), 9 Steals (Mosloski 3), 10 Assists (Josephson 4), 13 fouls, 25 Turnovers.
HC -- Gabby Grasso 15, Sophia Pankratz 15, Shandra Farmer 12, Taylor Beacom 12, Emma Grenfell 6, Kaitlyn Schmit 5. Totals: 23-57 FG, 6-18 3-pointers (Farmer 2, Pankratz, Grenfell, Schmit, Beacom), 13-17 FT, 33 Rebounds (Farmer 7), 6 Blocks (Grasso 3), 13 Steals (Grasso 3, Beacom 3), 14 Assists (Grenfell 4), 14 Fouls, 15 Turnovers.
Records: Hastings 26-0, 18-0 GPAC. Jamestown 16-10, 9-9.