Jimmies go on second half run to beat DWU 74-57
The Jimmies went on a 28-14 run down the stretch to get their second consecutive win.
With just over 13 minutes to go in the second half, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team’s Koln Oppold hit a jumper to cut the University of Jamestown’s lead to 44-43. The Jimmies’ Marc Kjos responded with an up and under layup to make it 46-43. Over the remainder of the game, the Jimmies (20-6, 10-6) went on a 28-14 run to get the 74-57 win over the Tigers (10-13, 7-9) on Feb. 2.
The Jimmies' ability to put the game away comes from being a veteran team that is used to those types of situations, according to head coach Danny Neville.
“Like I said, I think it’s experience,” Neville said. “We’ve had leads prior in the season. We got a little tensed up and I didn’t feel like we were playing the kind of basketball we should’ve. I think just learning from that, we just relaxed and trusted and believed that we were going to come back.”
After the Tigers’ Mason Larson hit a three, the Jimmies’ Mason Walters responded with a triple of his own to make it 18–9 with 11:50 to go in the first half. Oppold rose up and hit the jumper and drew the whistle to make it 34-22 with 25 seconds to go in the opening half.
Walters threw up an off-balance floater that went in to make it 53-45 with 10:35 to go in the game. With 8:47 to go, Cordes picked up a steal and hit the layup to make it 60-47 with 8:47 to go. The Jimmies’ Marc Kjos drove in and hit the up-and-under to make it 71-55 with 2:08 to go in the game.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Woodford got his third foul and went to the bench. Woodford came back in with just under 14 minutes to go and got called for one more foul, while adding five points, two rebounds, and three assists. The sophomore passed the credit onto his teammates for helping him avoid getting a quick fourth foul.
“I knew on the defensive end I needed to trust my teammates, still play hard defense but trust my teammates to be there for the help,” Woodford said. ”They’ll help me out with that.”
The Jimmies return to the court at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb.5, when they face Midland. The Tigers are back in action at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.9, when they face Northwestern.
UJ 74, DWU 57
UJ: 34 37–74
DWU: 24 33–57
UJ: Mason Walters 26, Cole Woodford 14, Will Cordes 12
DWU: Koln Oppold 18, Jeffrey Schuch 12, Ace Zorr 11
UJ:Marc Kjos 5, Woodford 4, Cordes 4
DWU: Sawyer Schultz 4, Koln Oppold 2, Schuch 1, Nick Wittler 1
UJ: Walters 13, Devon Schultz 8, Kjos 6
DWU: Oppold 6, Mason Larson 6, Schuch 3, Wittler 3