Jacob Havron is proving to be a force in the paint in his senior season. The buff 6-foot-6 Hawaiian had another strong game in the Jimmies' easy 116-58 win over Oak Hills Christian College at the Jamestown Civic Center on Tuesday night. Havron sa...
Jacob Havron is proving to be a force in the paint in his senior season.
The buff 6-foot-6 Hawaiian had another strong game in the Jimmies' easy 116-58 win over Oak Hills Christian College at the Jamestown Civic Center on Tuesday night.
Havron said the Jimmies were looking to continue the momentum from their headline win over No. 10 Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday night.
"Obviously that was a big win for us and a great confidence booster for our team to get that ball rolling," Havron said. "Tonight we just wanted to build on that and keep the positive momentum going into conference play."
The Jimmies (4-5) certainly did that. Havron played his typical part with 15 points and nine rebounds. He's averaging 13 points and six boards on the campaign.
"Each one of us has our role on the team and being a senior I try to bring leadership and be a positive influence for our team," Havron said. "More than anything we're focused on what it's going to take from each of us to go out there every game and give ourselves the best chance to win."
Tuesday night's outcome was never in doubt. The Jimmies led 12-2 two minutes in against winless Oak Hills Christian located in Bemidji, Minn.
"You want to have confidence and have some momentum going into this weekend playing really good teams like we are," UJ head coach Danny Neville said. "We're just more of a team than we were at the beginning of the year. As a coach you're never happy, but we feel good about the direction we're going."
Seven Jimmies scored in double figures and everybody that dressed scored. Jon Purintun's 17 points led the way. Kiwane Crowder finished with 16 followed by Havron's 15, although the UJ big man was more focused on the other end.
"We're focused on coming out and outworking teams, outrebounding teams and getting stops," Havron said. "When we're doing that it shows we're working hard and for us that's what we need to do to win games."
The Jimmies have played a tough schedule through the first month and change, but the win over Dakota Wesleyan (7-2) could prove to be a season-changer.
"We needed a big win like that just to show the guys what we can do," Neville said. "We had a tough beginning of the year schedule-wise but we feel like that prepared us for what's coming up."
The Jimmies host Dickinson State (5-4) on Friday and preseason favorite Dakota State (3-6) Sunday night.
"We have to protect our home court and over the last couple of games we've been able to do that but it's even more important when you get into conference games," Havron said. "I think as a team we feel good about where we're at right now and we're looking forward to the rest of the season."
University of Jamestown 116, Oak Hill Christian College 58
OKCC 30 25 -- 58
UJ 58 58 -- 116
Oak Hills Christian College: Moe Blackmon 7, Colin Tyrone 6, Blake Dragt 4, Duke Abalos 6, Michael Wolfe 12, Deshaun Lowry 18, Ronnie Jackson 5. Totals: 23-73 FG, Three-pointers: 9-28 (Lowry 3, Abalos 2, Wolfe 2, Jackson, Blackmon), 3-10 FT, 26 Fouls (Dragt 5, Tyrone 5), 15 Turnovers.
University of Jamestown: Jacob Havron 15, Kiwane Crowder 16, Logan Brown 2, Jake Hagler 13, Riley Henderson 10, Daymeann Stewart 12, Vlad Stoicoviciu 7, Carter Keller 13, Christian Kvilvang 5, Jon Purintun 17, Connor Entzi 6. Totals: 42-75 FG, Three-pointers: 11-31 (Stewart 3, Hagler 3, Keller 2, Stoicoviciu, Crowder, Henderson), 21-33 FT, 17 Fouls, 10 Turnovers.