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Jimmies struggle late in 81-79 loss to Briar Cliff

Both teams shot well in the second half, shooting a combined 66% from the field.

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UUniversity of Jamestown's Mason Walters (33) dribbles the ball towards Quinten Vasa of Briar Cliff Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Harold Newman Arena. In the background looking on is Jimmies' Devan Praska. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
John M. Steiner

The University of Jamestown men’s basketball team missed five of their last seven shots in the last five and a half minutes of the game to lose 81-79 to Briar Cliff on Jan. 12. The Jimmies (16-4, 6-4) shot 65% from the field in the second half. The Chargers (12-6, 8-2) shot 68% from the field in the second half.

The crowd exploded as the Jimmies’ Marc Kjos put his defender, Quinn Vesey, on the spin cycle, and hit the one-handed layup to make it 48-40 with just over 16 minutes to go. The Jimmies’ Will Cordes drove to the hoop and hit the basket and converted the and-one to make it a 64-58 game with 9:47 to go. The Chargers’ Matthew Stillwill stole a ball at halfcourt and drove in and laid it up at the cup to cut it 71-66 with 6:40 to go. Stillwill hit the runner to bring it closer at 76-74 with just under four minutes to go. The Jimmies got out in transition with speed and Cordes knocked down a corner three to put his team up 79-74 with 2:50 to go. With just under one and a half to go, Vesey drove in and hit the layup to put the Chargers up 80-79. With 18.7 seconds to go, the Jimmies inbounded the ball, down by one, and attempted to get the ball to Mason Walters for the final shot but he was taken away. As a result, Kjos had to improvise and took a three that was too long and rebounded by the Chargers.

After the contest, Kjos said that what would’ve been the potential game winner felt good out of his hand.

“Yeah, it felt good, but it didn’t go in so it doesn’t matter I guess,” Kjos said.

Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said one of the turning points of the game was Devon Schultz getting his fourth foul and Brady Birch getting his third midway through the second half.

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Vesey blocked a shot and on the other end, Jaden Kleinhesselink split two defenders and hit the basket to make it 21-18 with 7:35 to go in the first half. The Jimmies’ Cole Woodford drove in and hit the layup through traffic to extend the Jimmies lead to 26-20. Kjos sliced through the defense and hit the floater with 25 seconds to go to make it 37-29.

One of the Jimmies starters in this game, John Argue got subbed out with 16:51 to go in the second half and did not come back in.

“Brady and Schultz just gave us some rim protection and were playing better," Neville said.

The Jimmies are back in action at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, when they host Concordia. The Chargers are back in action at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 15, when they go to Dordt.

BCU 81, UJ 79

BCU: 32 49–81

UJ: 37 42–79

Points leaders:

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BCU: Kyle Boerhave 19, Jaden Kleinhesselink 16, Quinn Vesey 12, Quinten Vesa 12

UJ: Marc Kjos 26, Mason Walters 22, Will Cordes 18

Assists leaders:

BCU: Boerhave 4, Kleinhesselink 3, Vesey 3

UJ: Cordes 3, Kjos 2, Walters 2

Leading rebounders:

BCU: Kleinhesselink 5, Boerhave 4, Vasa 4

UJ: Walters 11, Devon Schultz 5, Kjos 3

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