Jimmies comeback falls short against Concordia
The Jimmies have now lost two in a row.
Despite trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the 11th-ranked University of Jamestown men's basketball team came back to lead in the second half, but the No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) University Bulldogs came away with an 82-79 win Saturday at Harold Newman Arena.
CUNE opened the game on a 13-4 run and would lead by as many as 12 after a Sam Scarpelli three-pointer made it 30-18 with 9:01 in the half. John Argue (SO/Houston, TX) made a bucket on UJ's next possession to cut the lead to 10, but a 7-0 Bulldog put the Jimmies in a 17-point hole.
Down by 13 after Tristan Smith's basket with 2:15 left, Jamestown finished the half on a 9-0 run and found themselves down just four going into the break.
Marc Kjos (JR/Lake City, MN)'s first points of the game came at an opportune time, as his three-pointer gave UJ a 50-49 lead. That lead grew to 52-47 after Cole Woodford (SO/Redwood Falls, MN) scored, and the momentum appeared to be in Jamestown's favor
Another Kjos three gave UJ its final lead at 65-62 with 9:08 left. Jamestown would come back from a five-point deficit to tie, but could not get over the hump. The Bulldogs had an answer to any Jimmie threat, and Carter Kent's free throws with five seconds left sealed the deal.
Mason Walters (JR/Jamestown, ND) led UJ with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Devon Schultz (SR/Arlington, MN) had 11 off the bench while Kjos and Woodford finished with 10 each. The Jimmies return to action next Friday at Doane (Neb.) University.