Close loss for Jimmies men's basketball at Briar Cliff

Jan. 17—SIOUX CITY, Iowa. — The University of Jamestown men's basketball team had a potential game-winning three erased thanks to a timeout and it cost them in an 82-81 loss to Briar Cliff University on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Chargers' Newman Flanagan Center.

The Jimmies (9-8, 4-5) grabbed an offensive rebound down 82-81 with 2.6 seconds to go and Cole Woodford found a wide-open Will Cordes, who splashed a three. But prior to the pass, the refs had blown the whistle for a Jimmies timeout.

"It was frustrating after I saw Will knocked it in, but I looked up and we had about three seconds I thought," Jimmies head coach Greg Ulland said. "It looked like we were in a little bit of a panic, scramble mode, I wanted to get us composure. But, yeah that's on me. I take full responsibility for that. You go back now and I should've let it play out and we win the game. That's on me, I take full responsibility for us not closing that one out, not winning tonight."

The game was incredibly back and forth throughout with nine ties and 13 lead changes. The largest lead for either team throughout the game was a Chargers seven-point lead 23-16 with 10:06 to go in the first half. The Jimmies' largest lead of the day was a four-point lead courtesy of a Cole Woodford three to push his team in front 70-66 with 5:38 to go in the game.

"Any given night in the GPAC, it's gonna be a battle," Ulland said. "They hadn't been playing very well and we still had a sour taste in our mouth. So you could kind of tell that it was gonna be a game and a battle. The way they came out, the (Quinn) Vesey kid came out and had his season average in the first five minutes of the game and they were pretty excited about it and jacked up. Sindelar had a great game and I thought they played pretty well and they've been on the wrong end of those games. They competed and fought, got a couple plays at the end that we didn't defend very well."

The Chargers (10-7, 4-5) got out to a quick 8-3 lead before the Jimmies battled back and took their first lead of the day at 24-23 with 6:06 to go in the first half. The lead was short-lived, though, as the Chargers immediately retook the lead at 25-24. The teams would trade baskets through the remaining six minutes of the opening half and the Jimmies would go into the half up 36-35.

The halftime break did little to slow down the back-and-forth nature of the game as the teams combined to hit nine of their first 17 shot attempts over the first five minutes of the second half to see the Chargers take a 48-46 lead. The Jimmies were able to reclaim the lead at 67-66 on a Silas Bennion three with 7:21 to go in the game.

The Jimmies look to bounce back at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they go to Morningside University.

UJ 81, BCU 82

UJ: 36 45 — 81

BCU: 35 47 — 82

Points leaders:

UJ: Silas Bennion 21, Antonio Chandler 12, Christian Lietz 10, Will Cordes 10, Jimmy Llinas 8

BCU: Blake Sindelar 23, Matthew Stilwill 19, Quinn Vesey 15

Assists leaders:

UJ: Cordes 6, Llinas 2, Bennion 1, Chandler 1, Colby Vazquez 1, Woodford 1, Camron Ketchum 1

BCU: Wil Lugar 4, Sindelar 2, Stilwill 2, Vesey 2, Tyrus Eischeid 1

Leading rebounders:

UJ: Llinas 11, Chandler 8, Bennion 4, Lietz 4, Cordes 2, Colby Vazquez 2, Cole Woodford 2, Brooks Carroll 1

BCU: Vesey 5, Lugar 4, Sindelar 4, Stilwill 4, Eischeid 3, Jamison Helmers 3, Colby Collison 2