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Jimmies rebound with convincing 85-74 win vs. Northwestern

The Jimmies' win ends a six-game losing streak against NWC.

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University of Jamestown's Devon Schultz makes a plan to get past Keyton Moser of Northwestern on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at the Newman Arena.
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Days after University of Jamestown men’s basketball head coach Danny Neville pushed his team to rise to the ocassion after losing to Mount Marty on Jan. 26, they responded with an emphatic 85-74 win over Northwestern on Jan. 29.

“There were so many things, our loss on Wednesday, we haven’t beaten these guys in a long time and yeah, the rankings,” Cordes said. “There were so many things that were fuel for us.”

The Jimmies are now 19-6 overall and 9-6 in conference play. The loss drops the Raiders to 17-8 overall and 9-6 in conference play. The Jimmies are also now 5-1 coming off a loss this season.

Neville said that his team’s ability to rebound from the loss to the Lancers on Jan. 26 and get a convincing win was down to their experience.

“Like a veteran team,” Neville said. “You can either sulk in it or come out and play hard and do it for each other and have some pride in it. It’s more than basketball, that’s life, when stuff happens that maybe you don’t love you just have to continue to fight and get through it.”

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Early in the first half, the teams traded baskets before the pace settled down midway through the opening half. The Jimmies’ Devon Schultz took a pass from Devan Praska and shook the rim with a two-handed dunk to make it 35-29 with just over four minutes to go. Walters backed down his defender and hit the floater to make it 39-31 with 1:45 to go.

The Raiders’ Alex Van Kalsbeek rose up over his defender and hit the jumper to make it 49-44 with 17 minutes to go in the second half. The Jimmies’ Cole Woodford found Schultz cutting to the hoop who rattled the rim again to make it 61-52 with 12:35 remaining. Marc Kjos sprinted down the middle and put some jelly fam on the layup to make it 73-60 for the Jimmies with 8:30 to go. The Raiders’ Connor Geddes hit a three from the top of the arc to make it 73-65 with 7:40 left. Walters spotted up through contact and splashed the shot clock, beating the jumper to make it 85-74 with 45 seconds left.

The Jimmies were playing with added motivation in this one for a multitude of factors including falling out of the latest rankings for the first time this season, Cordes said.

The Jimmies are back in action at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.2, when they face Dakota Wesleyan. The Raiders return to the court at 3:45 p.m. on, Saturday, Feb. 5, when they go to Doane.

NWC 74, UJ 85

NWC: 33 41—74

UJ: 42 43—85

Points leaders:

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NWC: Alex Van Kalsbeek 30, Matt Onken 19, Trent Hilbrands 13

UJ: Mason Walters 37, Will Cordes 20, Devon Schultz 6, Brady Birch 6

Assists leaders:
NWC: Van Kalsbeek 4, Hilbrands 3, Onken 2

UJ: Marc Kjos 5, Walters 2, Cordes 2, Birch 2, Cole Woodford 2

Rebounding leaders:
NWC: Van Kalsbeek 8, Onken 5, Grant DeMeulenaere 5

UJ: Walters 16, Schultz 4, Birch 3

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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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