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Jimmies hoops paced by big second half in 104-67 win over Hastings

The Jimmies scored 25 points off 16 Broncos turnovers.

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University of Jamestown's Marc Kjos (0) drives the ball into play along side Dickinson's John Evans (5) on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Harold Newman Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — The No. 5-ranked University of Jamestown has put up 100 points or more for the fourth time this season, in their first home game since Nov. 16. The Jimmies beat the Hastings College Broncos 104-67 on Friday, Dec. 2, at Harold Newman Arena.

“That’s what we’ve been known for,” Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said. “We’ve been known for offense and now I think we’ve taken a huge step defensively. We’re always going to be successful offensively, not always, that’s kind of our thing. When we do both, we got a chance to be really good.”

After the Jimmies (8-1, 3-1) went on big runs that were followed by big Broncos (8-1, 2-1) runs, the Jimmies blew the game open to take a 43-24 lead into the half. The biggest moment of the first half came when with with 13:24 to go, Jimmies’ Mason Walters hit a layup to push the Jimmies' lead out to 13-9. The basket made Walters the first player in program history to ever reach the 2,000-point mark. A few possessions later, Walters grabbed a defensive rebound and became the first player in program history to ever have 1,000 career rebounds.

“It’s pretty cool, especially to do it at home,” Walters said. “After the last game, I think I was one away from each of them, coach Neville said it. So, I’m glad I was home and able to do that. To do it in front of my friends and my family is pretty awesome.”

The Jimmies kept it going in the second half as Colby Vazquez hit an early up and under to make it 45-26. A few minutes later, the Jimmies’ Cole Woodford splashed the transition three to make it 51-26. The Jimmies' lead ballooned out to 30 points when Reid Gastner drove to the basket, hit the layup and converted the and-one to make it 69-39 with 11:37 to go in the game. The Jimmies continued to pile on the rest of the way, thanks to contributions from up and down the roster as 11 Jimmies scored over the final 11 and a half minutes of the game.

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One of the Jimmies’ scoring leaders was Cole Woodford, who scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.

“I felt good,” Woodford said. “I felt confident but I can’t really control a lot of that stuff. So, I go in confident, think I’m gonna make my shots and whatever happens, happens.”

The Jimmies are back in action at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, when they host Doane University.

HC 67, UJ 104

HC: 24 43–67

UJ: 43 61–104

Points leaders:

HC: Grady Corrigan 13, Reggie Thomas 12, Phil Cisrow 8, Karson Gansebom 8

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UJ: Mason Walters 26, Reid Gastner 14, Cole Woodford 14

Assists leaders:

HC: Cisrow 3, Thomas 3, Gansebom 2, Zach Rust 2

UJ: Marc Kjos 4, Walters 3, Woodford 2, Gastner 2, Camron Ketchum 2

Leading rebounders:

HC: Tyrique McMurrin 5, Danilo Matovic 4, Thomas 3

UJ: Walters 8, Gastner 5, Ketchum 5,

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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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