The University of Jamestown men's basketball team was fully healthy for the first time since November on Wednesday hosting Briar Cliff University and it showed.
The Jimmies' Jack Talley (23 points), Brady Birch (13), Isaiah Dobson (11), Terrell Alfred (11), Mason Walters (11) and Marc Kjos (11) all hit double figures offensively in what UJ men's basketball coach Danny Neville said was Jamestown's best performance so far this season. Jamestown sailed to a 95-86 victory over the Chargers.
"We needed that," Neville said in an interview with AM 1400 ESPN Jamestown. "It was nice having everybody back."
Walters, a 6-foot-8 former Jamestown Blue Jay, had missed eight games with a broken toe as the Jimmies went 5-3, while Dobson (concussion) and Talley (illness) had also both recently missed time. Jamestown trailed 45-39 at the half but rallied to score 56 points in the second half to top the Chargers by nine.
The Jimmies (13-7, 4-6 Great Plains Athletic Conference) went 0-2 against the Chargers (11-9, 2-8) last season.
"We've been struggling to play and guys just haven't been clicking," Neville said. "You could tell that we were more united tonight and played together. Guys came out of their comfort zone and finally played like they can."
Briar Cliff's 6-8 junior forward Austin Roetman and senior guard Jackson Lamb each produced 22 points for the Chargers, while sophomore Jaden Kleinhesselink added an additional 17.
But down six at the half, the Jimmies rallied to tie the game at 52-52 before a 29-15 run capped by a Talley bucket pushed the UJ advantage to 14 at 81-67 with eight minutes remaining.
The Jimmies shot 48% from the field (36 of 75) and hit nine 3-pointers, led by Alfred and Kjos each with three. UJ forced the visiting Chargers into 17 turnovers.
Jamestown will look to keep the momentum rolling hosting Doane University (5-15, 1-10) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
"When you look at everything overall, I think we played a complete game," Neville said. "Hopefully we can move forward with this. This is a good night for us."
University of Jamestown 95, Briar Cliff University 86
BC 45 41 -- 86
UJ 39 56 -- 95
BC -- Jackson Lamb 22, Austin Roetman 22, Jaden Kleinhesselink 17, Ethan Freidel 8, Nick Hoyt 5, Thomas Hensley 3, Codey Hicks 3, Conner Groves 3, Will Johnson 2, Jake Carley 1. Totals: 30-61 FG, 10-27 3-pointers, 16-26 FT, 39 Rebounds, 15 Assists, 17 Fouls (Roetman), 3 Steals, 17 Turnovers.
UJ -- Jack Talley 23, Brady Birch 13, Terrell Alfred 11, Isaiah Dobson 11, Marc Kjos 11, Mason Walters 11, Brock Schrom 7, Jack Frazier 6, Devan Praska 2. Totals: 36-75 FG, 9-22 3-pointers (Kjos 3, Dobson, Alfred 3, Talley, Walters), 14-17 FT, 39 Rebounds (Talley 9), 22 Assists (Dobson 7), 22 Fouls, 7 Steals, 7 Turnovers, 2 Blocks.
Records: Jamestown 13-7, 4-6 GPAC. Briar Cliff 11-9, 2-8.