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Jimmie men earn first GPAC victory

University of Jamestown's Jon Purintun brings the ball up court between teammate Brock Schrom, Nick Kornieck (23) and Trace Tupper of Doane. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
University of Jamestown's Isaiah Dobson feels the pressure from Tyler Sullivan of Doane on Saturday during men's hoops action at the Newman. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Every good basketball program has a player like University of Jamestown's Colton Lund.

He's not the guy who's there for the minutes, points or newspaper press. He's the guy lifting weights on off days and pushing the team's five starters in practice. He's also the guy who plays his senior season having scored 10 points his junior year because he loves the game of basketball.

Lund scored a late second-half bucket off the bench Saturday, Nov. 10, at Harold Newman Arena, and the senior guard's 11th and 12th career UJ points received the loudest ovation of the night. The Jimmies earned their first Great Plains Athletic Conference victory in 90-60 fashion over visiting Doane University.

"I'm all a team guy. I don't want any play to be about myself," said Lund, who airballed an off-balance 3-point attempt before making up for it with 2. "We had a helluva team effort and guys picked it up. We're starting to find our rhythm and get going, and it's all thanks to the rest of the guys behind me.

"I push them everyday and they really respond. We're all about getting better and today I think we took a step there."

The step forward occurred roughly 12 minutes into the game, at which point the Tigers had badly outrebounded the Jimmies and were in command with a nine-point, 27-18, advantage. But if Jimmie fans hadn't already been on a first-name basis with junior transfer Terrell Alfred, his five treys and 20 points Saturday should've done the trick.

Alfred's back-to-back 3-pointers off the bench sparked a 28-9 Jimmie run to end the opening half. Senior Kevin Oberweiser hit one of his three treys of the contest in there as well, as Oberweiser led all scorers with 23 points.

"I thought we started off slow, but going to our bench gave us a little bit of juice," Jimmie head coach Danny Neville said. "It kinda carried over to the rest of our team."

Alfred and Oberweiser have now combined for 53 3-point baskets through six games. Oberweiser is currently shooting 58 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Alfred is shooting 60 percent from long range after dropping in 5 of 7 against the Tigers.

It's safe to say assume the Jimmies can start relying on their bonafide perimeter weapons, who, along with senior guard Jon Purintun, are averaging around 60 points per game.

"The way that they're shooting it, I don't see why not," Neville said. "I thought Jon Purintun gave us a little spark there, too, rebounding. He had nine rebounds tonight, and you've gotta give those other guys credit for getting (Alfred and Oberweiser) shots."

The Jimmies kept rolling after the break, scoring the first eight points of the second half and leading by as many as 34. After being outrebounded 18-13 in the first half, the Jimmies corralled 23 boards in the second half, while shooting 53 percent from the field in the game and forcing the Tigers into 23 total turnovers.

Doane received votes in the NAIA top 25 preseason coaches' poll, but have now lost four of five games to start the season. Trace Tupper led the visitors with 17 points.

Jamestown (5-1, 1-1 GPAC) was coming off a 104-98 shootout loss at home to 10th-ranked Briar Cliff last Wednesday, Nov. 7.

"Our defense finally clicked for us and we were doing what we were supposed to do," Neville said. "We were stunting, we were digging in the post. We did everything we were supposed to do and did it to the best of our ability."

The Jimmies put 12 players in the scoring column Saturday. Purintun ended with 11 points and Jack Talley nailed a pair of treys and scored 13.

Jamestown travels to rival Valley City State (1-4) this Wednesday, Nov. 14.

"I've got high expectations for this team, but right now we're just focused on Valley next Wednesday," Lund said. "It's going to be a big game."

Jamestown 90, (RV) Doane 60

DU 36 24 -- 60

UJ 46 44 -- 90

DU—Trace Tupper 17, Nick Kornieck 10, Koh Flippin 10, Anthony Laravie 9, Garran Pauli 6, Jaxon Harre 2, Joe Burt 2, Nate Janssen 2, Tyler Sullivan 1. Totals: 22-55 FG, 14-18 FT, 2-14 3-pointers (Laravie 2), 29 Rebounds (Tupper 7), 23 Fouls, 7 Assists, 23 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 8 Steals.

UJ—Kevin Oberweiser 23, Terrell Alfred 20, Jack Talley 13, Jon Purintun 11, Brady Birch 9, Jack Frazier 3, Brock Schrom 2, Isaiah Dobson 2, Colton Lund 2, Devan Prask 2, Devon Schultz Tyler Rozell 1. Totals: 31-58 FG, 18-26 FT, 10-25 3-pointers (Alfred 5, Oberweiser 3, Talley 2), 34 Rebounds (Purintun 9), 18 Fouls, 14 Assists (Purintun 5, Dobson 5), 16 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (Schrom 2), 10 Steals (4 with 2).

Records: Jamestown 5-1, 1-1 GPAC. Doane 1-4, 0-2.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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