Cordes' career high paces Jimmies in 91-76 win vs. Midland

Cordes shot 60% from the field in this game.

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University of Jamestown's Will Cordes (1) drives the ball past Midland's Laurence Merritt and UJ's Devon Schultz during college basketball action Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Newman Arena.
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In the last 2:30 of the first half, the University of Jamestown men’s basketball team went on a 9-0 run to take a 49-39 lead into the half on their way to a 91-76 win over Midland University on Feb.5. The Jimmies’ (21-6, 11-6) Will Cordes knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:15 to go in the game to set a new career high of 29 points for the sophomore.

The Warriors (14-13, 5-12) have now lost nine games in a row.

Cordes said that he was so locked in during the game that he didn’t realize until after the game that he set his new career high.

“Not really. I was just trying to make stuff happen to get a win,” Cordes said. “I honestly wasn’t really sure when it happened. At the end of the game I was kind of like ‘oh, well alright.’ I guess that’s the cherry on top of getting a win like that.”

At the first half buzzer, the Jimmies’ Marc Kjos drove in and kicked it out to John Argue in the corner who hit the three to put the Jimmies up 49-39.


The Warriors’ brought the game to within ten on a turnaround floater from Jack Cooper with 15:30 to go to make it a 58-48 game. Cordes rolled off a screen and hit the jumper to make it 62-48 with 13:40 to go in the game. The Jimmies Mason Walters hit the three from the elbow to make it 75-61 with 8:41 to go in the game. Walters drove in, hit the floater and converted the and-one to make it 88-70 with just over three minutes to go.

Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said pregame that one of his keys for his team to get the win was to force the Warriors to drive and not be able to be comfortable beyond the arc. The Warriors shot 36% from the 3-point range and 54% from the field, which Neville said he was proud of.

“I thought we did a good job,” Neville said. “I thought we got lost a couple times but for the most part I thought we did a really good job.”

The Jimmies look to continue their winning streak at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, when they go to Morningside. The Warriors attempt to end their losing streak at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, when they host Dakota Wesleyan.

MU 76, UJ 91

MU: 39 37—76

UJ: 49 42—91

Points leaders:


MU: Ryan Larsen 21, Tyler Sandoval 14, Jack Cooper 13

UJ: Will Cordes 29, Mason Walters 22, Cole Woodford 14

Assists leaders:
MU: Jake Rueschoff 10, Emmanuel Bryson 2, Larsen 1, Cooper 1, Colby Tichota 1, Samuel Mailloux 1

UJ: Marc Kjos 7, Devon Schultz 3, Walters 1, Devan Praska 1, John Argue 1

Rebounding leaders:

MU: Bo Sandquist 8, Larsen 7, Cooper 4

UJ: Schultz 10, Brady Birch 6, Walters 5

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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