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Jimmies sprint past Dickinson 73-55

The Jimmies have now won four games in a row.

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Lucas Schumacher (4) of the Jimmies looks to pass the ball past Dickinson's Jaiden Wright on Friday at Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
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An 11-0 run to open the second half saw the University of Jamestown men’s basketball team sail to a 73-55 win over Dickinson State University. The Jimmies’ (13-2) used a second half that saw John Argue drop 17 points to get their fourth win in a row. The Blue Hawks (0-11) fought valiantly in this game but were unable to withstand the Jimmies pressure in the second half.

The Jimmies sprinted out of the gates to a 20-13 lead and pushed the pace on the Blue Hawks, which head coach Danny Neville said was part of the game plan coming in.

“That’s our game plan all the time,” Neville said. “We wanted to push the pace. We wanted them to guard in transition, to guard half court. So, it is kind of our plan all the time.”

The Blue Hawks took advantage of a turnover and Tyce Dahlberg hit the runner to make it a 17-13 game in favor of the Jimmies. The Blue Hawks attempted but failed to hold the ball for the final shot of the first half with Bryce Knox driving in and hitting the layup. As the first half buzzer was expiring, the Jimmies Marc Kjos spotted up from three quarters court and hit the runner to make it a 36-30 game in favor of the Jimmies.

After the Blue Hawks made the first half tighter, the long range shot gave Kjos confidence heading into the second half, according to the junior.

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“I mean it definitely was an uplifter after they scored the last couple seconds there,” Kjos said. “It was definitely a positive going into the second half which helped us a lot.”

The Jimmies started the second half with the ball and Kjos hit the floater to make it 38-30. The Blue Hawks’ Travon Hamilton was left wide open in the corner and splashed a three to make it a 47-35 game with just over 14 minutes to go in the game. The Blue Hawks’ Ashaunti Potts-Woods hit the three and converted the four point play to make the game 68-55 with 3:39 to go. The Jimmies bench exploded when Devon Schultz hit the put-back and converted the and-one to make it a 71-55 game.

After the first half, Jimmies sophomore Argue had four points. Argue finished the day with 21 points. Argue said that his focus improved in the second half to help the Jimmies get the win.

“It was really just staying focused. I didn’t have the best first half,” Argue said. “I was really just staying focused on the most important things like playing hard and playing tough and playing for my teammates.”

The Jimmies have now given up less than 60 points in back-to-back games, which Neville said was big for his team after the games against Doane and Hastings on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. In those two games, the Jimmies gave up 89 and 88 points respectively.

"I think defensively we just tried to get better after the Doane-Hastings weekend, giving up a lot of points," Neville said. "We put an emphasis on defense and just trying to get stops."

The Jimmies are back in action at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, when they face Presentation College. The Bluehawks hit the court again at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, when they host the University of Providence.

DSU 53, UJ 73

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DSU: 30 25–55

UJ: 36 37—73

Points leaders:

DSU: Aushanti Potts-Woods 15, Travon Hamilton 7, Bryce Knox 6

UJ: John Argue 21, Marc Kjos 11, Will Cordes 10

Assists leaders:

DSU: Cobe Begger 4, Tyce Dahlberg 2, Hamilton 1, Jalon Tinnin 1, Jaiden Wright 1

UJ: Cole Woodford 5, Kjos 4, Brady Birch 4

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Leading rebounders:

DSU: Tininin 7, Begger 6, Knox 5

UJ: Argue 10, Birch 8, Kjos 7, Devon Schultz 7

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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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