Jimmies hold on to 71-66 win over Doane
The Jimmies were up by as much as 19 points in the second half.
The University of Jamestown men’s basketball team were forced to fight in a 73-66 win over Doane Friday, Jan. 21.
The Jimmies (17-5, 7-5) started the game slowly but retook the lead midway through the first half and held on. The Tigers (12-10, 5-7) struggled shooting the three ball, shooting 4-for-20.
The Tigers’ Anthony Laravie hit a 3-pointer with 18:15 to go in the first half to put his team up 5-0. The Jimmies’ Brady Birch rose up over his defender and hit the floater to make it 7-2 with 16:26 to go in the first half. The Jimmies’ John Argue backed down his defender and kissed the ball off glass to make it 13-12 with 12:35 to go.
With 11:18 to go in the first half, the Jimmies’ Mason Walters grabbed his own rebound and put it back up to give the Jimmies their first lead at 16-15. With 8:22 to go, Walters hit a jumper to put his team up 22-20. With 4:45 to go, the Jimmies’ Cole Woodford knocked down the fall away triple to make it 31-22 in favor of the Jimmies.
With just under two minutes to go, the Tigers’ Alec Oberhauser drove in and hit the layup to cut the lead to 35-28. The Jimmies’ Marc Kjos hit the step-back long range triple to make it 40-28 with 40 seconds to go in the first half.
After going down 7-0, the Jimmies ability to respond was very simple according to Walters.
"Just sticking to the game plan and playing our offense and focusing on getting stops," Walters said.
The Tigers started the second half with the ball and Josiah Gardiner hit the floater to make it 40-30. Walters responded with a layup of his own to make it 42-30. With 18:34 to go in the second half, Cordes knocked down a three to make it 45-30.
Kjos splashed the long-range triple to make it 63-45 with 6:49 to go. Walters rose up over Gardiner and hit the layup to make it 65-47 with just under five minutes to go.
With 3:15 to go, the Tigers’ Trey Winkler knocked down a three to make it 65-55. Oberhauser knocked down a three to cause the crowd to explode making it a 65-60 game with 1:48 to go, drawing a Jimmies timeout.
Out of the timeout, Birch hit the layup to make it 67-60. After a miss, Woodford swung the game back in the Jimmies direction with a quick layup to make it 69-60. With 48 seconds left, Oberhauser stole a ball and laid it in to make it a 69-64 game.
Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said that it was down to his team making uncharacteristic errors.
"I just think we lost our composure there at the end and let them get to us," Neville said. "We didn't handle their pressure very well and made a lot of not very great mistakes and it caught up to us there at the end."
The Jimmies are back in action at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, when they face Hastings. The Tigers return to the court at 3:45 p.m. Saturday when they face Dakota Wesleyan.
UJ 73, DU 66
UJ: 40 33–73
DU: 28 38–66
UJ: Mason Walters 33, Brady Birch 9, Will Cordes 8
DU: Alec Oberhauser 16, Brady Timm 15, Josiah Gardiner 14
UJ: Walters 3, Kjos 3, Cordes 3
DU: Timm 1, Oberhauser 1, Gardiner 1, Anthony Laravie 1, Joe Burt 1
UJ: Walters 16, Birch 9, Woodford 4
DU: Gardiner 7, Timm 6, Laravie 3, Burt 3