Jimmies men's hoops struggle in 61-51 tourney loss to Indiana Tech

The Jimmies shot 29% from the field in the loss.

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University of Jamestown's Will Cordes (55) drives the ball past Peru State's David Wingett Jr., on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 during the second round of the NAIA National Championship at Newman Arena.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

KANSAS CITY, MO — The University of Jamestown started off well but could not keep it going as they had only two players in double digits in a 61-51 loss to the Indiana Institute of Technology on Tuesday, March 14, at the Municipal Auditorium.

“It’s super frustrating you always want to play well when you get down here but you have it in the back of your head where if you don’t well you’re getting beat down here,” Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said. “There’s 16 teams left and you gotta play well and we didn’t tonight and that’s unfortunate but I love these guys and we had a great year.”

The Jimmies’ Mason Walters had 26 points and Cole Woodford had 13 points. The rest of the Jimmies combined for 12 points.

The Jimmies (27-7) struggled shooting in the first half as they shot 23% from the field and turned the ball over six times. Despite that, the game was tight with the Warriors (30-4) also struggling as they shot 38% from the field and turned it over five times. The Jimmies took an early lead and had as large as an 18-12 lead. The Warriors took the under five minutes timeout to get right as they went on a 5-0 run to take a 27-20 lead, part of a 15-2 run from the Warriors. The Jimmies were able to fight back into it and cut the deficit to 29-24 heading into the half.

Walters scored on the Jimmies' first possession of the second half to cut the deficit to 29-26. Over the course of the first seven minutes, the Jimmies kept it close as they were down 35-33 with 13:06 to go in the game, but the Warriors responded with a 10-2 run punctuated by a Steve Helm and-one, which drew an excited scream from the redshirt junior with his team’s lead going out to 45-35 with just over nine minutes to go in the game. The closest the Jimmies got from there was within seven points at 56-49 with 3:19 to go in the game.


Neville said his message to his team after this game was to thank the seniors, Walters and Marc Kjos, and acknowledge the run that this team went on this season.

The Jimmies finished the game with 13 turnovers and gave up six points off those turnovers while the Warriors turned it over 10 times and the Jimmies failed to score on any of the turnovers.

UJ 51, IT 61

UJ: 24 27–51

IT: 29 32–61

Points leaders:

UJ: Mason Walters 26, Cole Woodford 13, Colby Vazquez 4, Reid Gastner 4, Marc Kjos 2, Will Cordes 2

IT: Rog Stein 17, Cory McKinney 9, Blake Davison 9, Josh Kline 8


Assists leaders:

UJ: Cordes 4, Kjos 2, Gastner 1, Walters 1, Vazquez 1, Woodford 1, Camron Ketchum 1

IT: McKinney 2, Grant Smith 2, Stein 1, Max Perez 1 

Leading rebounders:

UJ: Gastner 16, Walters 8, Vazquez 7

IT: Smith 7, Stein 6, McKinney 5

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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