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TOUGH ONE: Jamestown falls at No. 7 Briar Cliff

University of Jamestown's Jon Purintun directs the Jimmie offense earlier this season at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

University of Jamestown men's basketball started the week with a national ranking and looking forward to a rematch at Briar Cliff University.

But the No. 7-ranked Chargers were just as glad to see the Jimmies.

Briar Cliff held Jamestown to its lowest offensive output of the season Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Sioux City, Iowa, during a convincing 86-70 victory over No. 21 Jamestown. The win snapped six consecutive victories scored by UJ men's basketball.

"Offensively we weren't making shots; we were turning it over. We weren't making reads like we usually do," said UJ men's basketball coach Danny Neville in an interview with AM 1400 ESPN Jamestown. "It's disappointing. We're a no-excuse team and we laid an egg."

The Jimmies hung tough through 15 minutes of the opening 20-minute half, carving out a 23-22 lead when the Chargers began to heat up. Briar Cliff closed the half on a 15-4 run behind two of Jackson Lamb's four 3-pointers and one 3 each splashed through the cylinder by Ethan Freidel and Nic Lutmer.

Briar Cliff led 37-27 at the break, holding Jamestown to 9 of 30 from the field. A 16-6 Chargers' run after the break, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers scored by Austin Roetman, pushed the home team's advantage to 20 at 66-46 with 10 minutes, 44 seconds remaining.

The Chargers converted 13 3-pointers all told on 28 shots. Freidel led five Chargers in double figures scoring 21 points.

"I thought we played hard, we just didn't play smart," Neville said. "And then, obviously, with them they shot it really well and we didn't."

Jamestown's lowest offensive performance prior to Wednesday came during a 74-61 victory over Concordia (Neb.) on Nov. 17. Briar Cliff (15-3, 9-2 GPAC) also bested Jamestown 104-98 at Harold Newman Arena on Nov. 7, but that was before the team lost senior All-American guard Erich Erdman for the season due to injury.

Kevin Oberweiser hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 19 for the Jimmies. Brady Birch (17 points) and Isaiah Dobson (14) also reached double figures for the orange and black, who fell to 17-4 overall and 7-4 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

"We gotta come ready to play and we weren't ready to play tonight, and, again, when you think about that that's on me—that's on the head coach," Neville said.

The Jimmies will look to kick off a new streak on Saturday, Jan. 12, facing Doane University in Crete, Neb. UJ flew past the Tigers 90-60 on Nov. 10 at home.

Doane (6-13, 3-8) fell to Midland (Neb.) 93-91 in OT on Wednesday.

"We better be ready to play down there," Neville said. "That's all I've got to say."

(7) Briar Cliff 86, (21) Jamestown 70

UJ 27 43 -- 70

BC 37 49 -- 86

UJ—Kevin Oberweiser 19, Brady Birch 17, Isaiah Dobson 14, Jon Purintun 7, Brock Schrom 6, Jack Talley 5, Terrell Alfred 2. Totals: 27-64, 6-18 3-pointers (Oberweiser 3, Dobson 2, Talley), 10-14 FT, 40 Rebounds (Oberweiser 9), 11 Assists (Oberweiser 4), 16 Fouls, 9 Steals, 16 Turnovers.

BC—Ethan Freidel 21, Kyle Boerhave 18, Jackson Lamb 14, Austin Roetman 14, Jay Wolfe 10, Nic Lutmer 5, Jaden Kleinhesselink 4. Totals: 31-68 FG, 13-28 3-pointers (Freidel 5, Lamb 4, Roetman 2, Wolfe, Lutmer), 11-15 FT, 39 Rebounds (Boerhave 9), 23 Assists (Wolfe 7, Freidel 7), 15 Fouls, 11 Steals, 12 Turnovers.

Records: Briar Cliff 15-3, 9-2 GPAC. Jamestown 17-4, 7-4 in 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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