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Jimmies suffer first loss at Concordia 92-76

The Jimmies gave up 90+ points for the first time since Nov. 18,2020

The University of Jamestown men’s basketball team couldn’t get the stops when it counted as they fell 92-76 to Concordia University.

The Jimmies (8-1, 2-1 GPAC) struggled defensively with the Bulldogs shooting 51% from the field. The Bulldogs (8-1, 3-1) held three of the Jimmies' top four leading scorers, Marc Kjos, Cole Woodford and Brady Birch to a combined 19 points.

The Bulldogs won the tip and sprinted out to an 8-0 lead drawing an early timeout from Jimmies head coach Danny Neville. After the timeout, the Jimmies got on the board with a layup from Devon Schultz with 17:57 to go in the first half. The Jimmies took their first lead of the game with 10:26 to go in the first half after a layup from Devan Praska.

After a run by the Bulldogs, the Jimmies brought it back to a two-point game with 6:11 to go in the first half after a jumper from Mason Walters. Cordes hit his first basket of the night to tie the game up at 35 with 2:41 to go in the opening half. Cordes hit another three with 51 seconds to go in the first half to give the Jimmies the 43-41 lead.

After Cordes missed a three, Schultz tipped the ball back into the basket at the buzzer to give the Jimmies the 45-44 halftime lead.

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Schultz started the second half with a layup to put the Jimmies up 47-44. After the Bulldogs brought it back to a one-point game, Kjos hit a layup to give the Jimmies the 51-48 lead. With 18:39 to go, the Bulldogs Noah Schutte tied the game up at the line 51-51. The Bulldogs took the lead back, 55-53 with a layup from Justin Wiersema with 16:57 to go in the game.

The Jimmies brought the game back to a two-point game with a layup from Walters making the game 68-66 with 10:34 to go.

With 1:58 to go, Carter Kent hit a layup to put the Bulldogs up 86-74. The Bulldogs' Gage Smith put the finishing touches on the win with a layup with just over a minute to go to put the Bulldogs up 88-74.

The loss was frustrating for Neville because he felt like his team struggled to compete against the Bulldogs.

“Late in that second half, the wheels fell off. We didn’t do what we’ve done all year - compete and fight back,” Neville said. “I think we waved the white flag, which is super frustrating.”

The Jimmies are back in action at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, when they host Valley City State University. The Bulldogs are back in action at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 1 when they go to Morningside.

UJ 76, CUNE 92

UJ: 45 31--76

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CUNE: 44 48--92

Points leaders:

UJ: Mason Walters 28, Devon Schultz 16, Cole Woodford 11

CUNE: Noah Schutte 27, Gage Smith 15, Carter Kent 15

Assists leaders:

UJ: Marc Kjos 7, Schultz 2, Walters 2

CUNE: Smith 5, Kent 4, AJ Watson 4

Leading rebounders:

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UJ: Schultz 12, Walters 11, Kjos 9

CUNE: Justin Wiersema 8, Smith 7, Schutte 4

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