Jimmies sluggish in win
After a lackluster performance Tuesday night, the message was pretty plain from Danny Neville to his team afterward. Trinity Bible College put up a spirited fight, but the effort was not good enough by the Jimmies, who pulled away late for an 83-...
After a lackluster performance Tuesday night, the message was pretty plain from Danny Neville to his team afterward.
Trinity Bible College put up a spirited fight, but the effort was not good enough by the Jimmies, who pulled away late for an 83-74 win at the Civic Center.
"If you're going to be a top 15 team, you can't show up like this, you just can't," Neville said. "You show up dead, yeah it happens, but then in the second half we're still down?
"It was not good."
The Lions never went away.
It took a 3-pointer from Logan Brown with 85 seconds left to finally decide a winner. The Jimmies led 78-68 at that point.
It was a step in the right direction for the Lions, who have struggled against a challenging schedule.
"It was great to see 40 minutes of focus. We still had a few lapses, but the effort and intensity was there," Trinity Bible College coach Jordan Nowell said.
Aaron Stemen put on a show for the Lions in very familiar surroundings. Stemen was a high school star at LaMoure, began his collegiate career playing for the Jimmies, and was a handful for his former team. Stemen poured in 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting.
All three Stemen brothers are in the starting lineup for the Lions. Parker and Zach are freshmen. Aaron is a junior.
"They think the game so well and they're ultimate competitors. They don't give an inch for anything," Nowell said. "And obviously we all know the talent Aaron has."
Trinity Bible led 32-31 at halftime and 50-48 on a 3-pointer by Jaden Shockley with 9 minutes to go. Shockley finished with 19 points for the Lions, who were playing without two starters.
"We're playing better. We played Black Hills State last weekend and were ahead after 16 minutes. The game got away from us at the end. I don't worry about the final score, necessarily, it's more how we're playing," Nowell said. "We feel pretty good about things overall."
The same could not be said for Neville, whose team does not play again for three weeks when they head to Sioux City, Iowa to face Briar Cliff on Dec. 29 and Morningside the following day.
The Jimmies (9-3) shot just 42 percent. Brequan Tucker's 24 points led the way. Jake Hagler added 19, Brown 10 and Christian Kvilvang added nine off the bench, all on 3-pointers.
"We preach all the time that every practice, every game is an opportunity to get better," he said. "Tonight, I feel like we took a step back."
University of Jamestown 83,
Trinity Bible College 74
TBC 32 42 - 74
UJ 31 52 - 83
Trinity Bible College - Parker Stemen 1, Aaron Stemen 32, Friscoe Erdahl 11, Josh Bauska 4, Zach Stemen 5, Lim Windham Jr. 2, Jaden Shockley 19. Totals: 24-57 FG, Three-pointers: 10-26 (Shockley 5, A.Stemen 2, F.Erdahl 2, Z.Stemen), 16-21 FT, 33 Rebounds (F.Erdahl 10), 25 Fouls (F.Erdahl 5), 13 Assists (F.Erdahl 6), 19 Turnovers, 4 Steals (A.Stemen 2).
University of Jamestown - KeWan Davis 2, Brequan Tucker 24, Logan Brown 10, Jake Hagler 19, Riley Henderson 2, Sam Johnson 2, Mark Potter 5, Jon Purintun 2, Jacob Havron 2, Keegan Syvrud 4, Christian Kvilvang 9, Isaac Wahlin 2. Totals: 25-59 FG, Three-pointers: 7-24 (Kvilvang 3, Potter, Hagler, Brown, Tucker), 26-31 FT, 41 Rebounds (Henderson 11), 21 Fouls (Henderson 5), 13 Assists (Hagler 4), 15 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Henderson), 5 Steals (Hagler 2).
Records: Jamestown 9-3; Trinity Bible College 3-11.