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Jimmies fall in GPAC title game 77-70 at Concordia

The Jimmies shot 6-18 from three point range in this game.

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Dakota Wesleyan's Jeffery Schuch (13) watches with University of Jamestown's Mason Walters to see if the ball goes through the net after Walters put up the shot on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Harold Newman Arena.
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No. 23 Concordia University shot 57 percent in the second half while holding the University of Jamestown men's basketball team to just 25 points in the final 20 minutes, winning 77-70 in the championship game of the GPAC postseason tournament.

The Bulldogs (25-6) join Briar Cliff (Iowa) University as the GPAC's automatic qualifiers to the NAIA National Championship. Jamestown will most likely earn an at-large bid and will find out their fate on Thursday at 7 p.m. with the NAIA Selection Show.

Mason Walters had 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season, while Will Cordes added 14 points and Marc Kjos chipped in with 10. Concordia had four players in double figures, led by Noah Schutte's 22 and Gage Smith's 20.

Both teams shot well in the first half, with the Jimmies making 19-of-36 attempts and Concordia 17-of-29. CUNE led by five in the early going before Jamestown would come back to lead 28-24 with just over seven minutes before the half.

The Bulldogs went ahead 40-37 on an AJ Watson three-pointer but UJ closed with threes by Cole Woodford and Kjos, and a bucket by Walters to lead 45-40 at halftime.

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With the Jimmies again leading by five at 47-42, CUNE went on a 13-2 run to go in front by six. Jamestown continued to chip away and would retake a short lead after a Walters basket at the 9:34 mark, only to see the home team score the next seven and curb the Jimmies' momentum. UJ got within 70-68 but went over four-and-a-half minutes without a point down the stretch.

Devon Schultz had nine points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench. The Jimmies finished at 46.2 percent from the field, while the Bulldogs shot 57.7 percent.

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