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Jimmie men top Viterbo

The University of Jamestown’s Ben Weisbeck throws a behind-the-back pass while Viterbo’s Cade Anderson defends. Chris Aarhus / For The Sun

Nearly 200 points scored. A combined 26 3-pointers. Both teams shooting over 50 percent. It's

safe to say the University of Jamestown's Christian Kvilvang felt right at home during a

shootout with Viterbo (Wis.) on Saturday.

Kvilvang came off the bench and drilled six 3-pointers, as his 18 points helped pave the way for

18th-ranked Jimmies' 103-93 North Star Athletic Association win at Newman Arena.

"It's just all about having confidence in each other," said Kvilvang, who played his high school

ball at North Star. "Swinging the ball around and believing your teammate's gonna hit the shot

when you throw it to them."

Kwilvang's ability to shoot the ball helped jumpstart an onslaught of 3-pointers by the Jimmies.

They were 15 of 28 (54 percent) from long range, as Drummond, Mont., native Kevin

Oberweiser equaled Kwilvang's performance by also going 6 of 7. Oberweiser and point guard

Jon Purintun each tallied a team-high 20 points. Leighton Sampson added 15 and Ben

Weisbeck had 10.

"We were feeling it — we were shooting it well," UJ coach Danny Neville said. "I don't think we

took any bad shots from the 3-point line. We had Ben and Jon attacking and Leighton was doing

well with the inside and outside game. I thought all of our (3-point tries) were good looks."

Viterbo coach Wayne Wagner agreed.

"They just made some tough shots," he said. "That's the makeup of this team. They get

something rolling and it tends to snowball. That's certainly what happened tonight."

The Jimmies closed the first half on a 14-5 run with two treys from Oberweiser and one each from Kvilvang and Purintun. With a 53-41 halftime advantage, Viterbo was stuck playing catch-

up the rest of the way. It cut the deficit to six midway through the second half and then to eight again with two minutes left, but couldn't get any closer.

"We just didn't get enough stops on the other end, and (UJ) made enough free throws and had

enough plays at the basket," Wagner said. "That's a credit to them finishing the job."

Said Neville: "That's what we did the whole game. We just didn't look at the score. Our guys

kept playing and doing our thing."

The Jimmies (1-3 NSAA, 11-5) snapped a three-game skid with the victory. They travel to Valley

City State on Friday.

University of Jamestown 103, Viterbo 93

V: Jason Tichy 26, Ethan Haberman 23, Cade Anderson 15, Jared Fleischmann 13, Alex

Clement 8, Cody Hoeth 5, Kyle Gossman 3. Totals 37-72 8-13 93.

UJ: Kevin Oberweiser 20, Jon Purintun 20, Christian Kwilvang 18, Leighton Sampson 15, Ben

Weisbeck 10, Jack Talley 7, Sam Johnson 7, Jace Allard 3, Brock Schrom 2, Carter Keller 1.

Totals 37-66 14-20 103.

Halftime: UJ 53, V 41. 3-pointers: V 11-27 (Haberman 3, Fleischmann 3, Clement 2, Tichy 2,

Gossman), UJ 15-28 (Kwilvang 6, Oberweiser 6, Johnson, Purintun, Allard). Rebounds: V 36

(Anderon 6), UJ 36 (Weisbeck 9). Assists: V 11 (Fleischmann 6), UJ 23 (Sampson 6, Puruntin

5). Fouls: V 22, UJ 16. Fouled out: V, Clement. Turnovers: V 7, UJ 6.

Records: Viterbo 0-2 NSAA, 7-7 overall. UJ 1-3, 11-5