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Jimmie men fall short at No. 2 Morningside

University of Jamestown's Terrell Alfred brings the ball up the court for the Jimmies earlier this season at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

A few key shots didn't fall for University of Jamestown men's basketball Saturday, Dec. 8, in Sioux City, Iowa. As a result, second-ranked Morningside College stayed unbeaten with an 87-79 victory over the Jimmies.

Jamestown, one of the better 3-point shooting teams in NAIA Division II hoops, converted just 10 of 34 from beyond the arc, which included an 0 of 8 performance from senior sharpshooter Kevin Oberweiser. Oberweiser entered the contest leading the Jimmies in scoring (20.2 ppg) and averaging close to 50 percent (.495) in 3-point makes.

Trailing 41-34 at the half, the Jimmies used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 56-54 with 9 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the game. But after a few costly turnovers—UJ committed 14 all told—Morningside answered with a 6-0 run of its own, and a Matt Hahn 3-pointer with 3:38 remaining pushed Morningside's lead out to 10 at 71-61.

"Certain shots didn't fall, and I thought when we got the lead down a little bit we took some bad shots and turned it over," said University of Jamestown coach Danny Neville in an interview with AM 1400 ESPN Jamestown. "Things went (Morningside's) way, but I'm proud of our guys for competing. We were right in it until the end there."

Jamestown was playing without sophomore starting forward Jack Talley, who didn't make the trip south due to the flu. Junior guard Terrell Alfred helped fill the void, posting 19 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Senior Jon Purintun led the Jimmies with a new career-high 33 points. Purintun went 12 of 22 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3-point range and 4 of 4 at the free-throw line.

"We missed Jack Talley and hopefully he gets better for us Monday," said Neville, whose Jimmies play at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., in two days. "Terrell competed, everyone competed. We just came up short."

Morningside's 6-foot-7 junior center Tyler Borchers led five Mustangs in double-digit scoring with 25 points. The Mustangs shot 62 percent from the field (32 of 52) and went 19 of 31 at the free-throw line.

The Mustangs moved to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.

"They're good, man, especially here at their place," Neville said. "I'm proud of our guys. We've just got to keep the momentum going and just gotta keep competing every night."

Jamestown fell to 11-3 and 5-3 in the GPAC. Monday's contest at Presentation is the first of four non-conference games for the Jimmies before Christmas break.

"We just can't let down," Neville said. "We'll have a light practice (Sunday) and then we've got to play again Monday. Our guys are hungry to really have a good showing."

(2) Morningside 87, Jamestown 79

UJ 34 45 -- 79

MC 41 46 -- 87

UJ—Jon Purintun 33, Terrell Alfred 19, Brady Birch 11, Isaiah Dobson 9, Jack Frazier 5, Kevin Oberweiser 2. 21-66 FG, 10-34 3-pointers (Purintun 5, Alfred 3, Dobson, Frazier), 7-10 FT, 31 Rebounds (Alfred 6, Birch 6), 8 Steals (Dobson 3), 12 Assists (Dobson 5), 14 Turnovers.

MC—Tyler Borchers 25, Zach Imig 14, Trey Brown 14, Matt Hahn 11, Brody Egger 10, Alex Borchers 6, Pierce Almond 4, Andrew Semadeni 2, Andre Harris 1. Totals: 32-52 FG, 4-9 3-pointers (Hahn 3, A. Borchers), 19-31 FT, 34 Rebounds (Imig 8), 6 Steals (Hahn 3), 12 Assists (3 with 2), 17 Turnovers.

Records: Morningside 11-0, 8-0 GPAC. Jamestown 11-3, 5-3 GPAC.

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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