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Jimmies hoops hold off Concordia in 69-65 home win

The Jimmies outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-31.

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The Jimmies' Reid Gastner (25) celebrates a three as he runs back on defensive alongside Concordia's Kelly Vyhnalek (10) during the Jimmies win over the BUlldogs on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Harold Newman Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — Despite not hitting a field goal for almost six minutes in the second half, the University of Jamestown was able to get a 69-64 win over Concordia University on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Harold Newman Arena.

The Jimmies (15-3, 7-3) sprinted out to a 19-8 lead in the first half. The Jimmies’ Reid Gastner knocked down a three to push the lead out to 30-13 with 6:21 to go in the first half. Despite the Bulldogs' best efforts to cut into it in the first half, the Jimmies kept the pressure up as the Bulldogs (11-7, 7-5) scored on back-to-back possessions twice in the first half. In the first half, the Jimmies shot 53% from the field. The Jimmies went into the half up 41-24.

"I thought defensively we did a great job," Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said. "They got to the rim there late but overall I thought we did a great job. We were physical with their post and it's definitely a step in the right direction."

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The win pushes the Jimmies' lead in the GPAC out to 1.5 games.

The Jimmies looked to be cruising in the second half pushing the lead out to as large as 19 points on a Mason Walters jumper to give his team the 59-40 lead. With 6:14 to go in the game, the Jimmies’ Cole Woodford knocked down a three to give his team a 62-46 lead. The Bulldogs’ Bradley Bennett responded with a jumper to cut the deficit to 62-48 and started a 16-5 run that cut his team’s deficit to 67-64 at the media timeout with 54 seconds to go in the game. The Woodford three was the last field goal the Jimmies would have until a Reid Gastner jumper with 25 seconds to go pushed his team’s lead out to 69-64.

"I think they came with the zone and they put the pressure on the outside and we didn't get the ball inside as much," Woodford said. "But, I think we did a good job of weathering the storm and finishing the game."

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The win puts the Jimmies one game back of Morningside for first in the GPAC and completes a season sweep over the Bulldogs for the Jimmies.

"It's huge," Neville said. "Anytime you see a team a second time it's huge to get that win and close it out. Who knows we could be seeing them again."

The Jimmies are back in action at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, when they go to Doane.

CUNE 64, UJ 69

CUNE: 24 40–64

UJ: 41 28–69

Points leaders:

CUNE: Gage Smith 19, Garrett Seagren 18, Bradley Bennett 9

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UJ: Cole Woodford 18, Mason Walters 18, Colby Vazquez 9, Reid Gastner 9

Assists leaders:

CUNE: Bennett 4, Noah Schutte 2, Payson Gillespie 2, Smith 1, Seagren 1

UJ: Kjos 4, Walters 3, Woodford 2

Leading rebounders:

CUNE: Smith 8, Bennett 7, Seagren 4,

UJ: Walters 11, Kjos 6, Woodford 4

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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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