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Jimmies men's hoops beat Mount Marty 88-79

Feb. 17—JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown opened the second half on a big run and that was enough to see them get an 88-79 win over Mount Marty University on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Harold Newman Arena.

"Today was just about effort, about bringing energy and we did not have that the first half, all the numbers on here (the box score) don't really mean a whole lot to be honest with you because how that game was won was Si (Silas Bennion) coming out having a nice little streak, Jimmy dominating the boards right away and then Colby, Colby had a great performance tonight," Jimmies head coach Greg Ulland said. "All three of those guys brought the energy that we needed to make some plays. There were some other contributions, that were one offs but I thought those three really stepped up and Antonio, Antonio had a really quiet good game for us. He made some plays defensively, he got a bunch of boards for us."

The Jimmies opened the second half on a 16-6 run to stretch the lead out to 52-40.

The first half was back and forth the entire time as the largest lead for either side were two separate five point leads for the Lancers with the final one coming at 30-25 with 3:21 to go in the first half. On the other end, the Jimmies' Antonio Chandler got fouled and hit both at the stripe to cut the deficit to 30-27, kickstarting a 9-4 Jimmies run that saw them head into the half with a 36-34 lead.

Nine seconds into the second half, the Jimmies got a basket to push the lead out to 38-34 as they went on the aforementioned 16-6 run. During that stretch, the Jimmies shot 7-for-8 from the field. The Jimmies bench exploded with 11:47 to go in the game when Colby Vazquez splashed a three right in front of his bench to take a 65-48 lead, which was the largest lead for the Jimmies all day.

"It was just as important as every other bucket we were getting, especially down the stretch," Vazquez said. "All the other baskets were just as important, keeping that lead as they were shortening it, throughout the game, I don't think it was any more important than any other bucket."

Over the remaining 11:47 of the game, the Lancers were able to cut it to as close as eight points at 74-66 but the Jimmies responded to push it to double digits the rest of the way until a bucket with one second to go cut the deficit to nine points.

The Jimmies shot the ball well in the second 20 minutes as they shot 58.8% from the field in the frame.

The Jimmies return to the floor at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, when they host Briar Cliff.

MMU 79, UJ 88

MMU: 34 45 — 79

UJ: 36 52 — 88

Points leaders:

MMU: Cole Bowen 30, Jake Jensen 12, Micah Johnson 11

UJ: Colby Vazquez 23, Silas Bennion 18, Antonio Chandler 13

Assists leaders:

MMU: Bowen 6, Rugby Ryken 3, Damon Opdahl 3, Johnson 1, Noah Allen 1

UJ: Bennion 4, Cole Woodford 3, Vazquez 1, Jimmy Llinas 1, Will Cordes 1, Christian Lietz 1

Leading rebounders:

MMU: Bowen 10, Jensen 8, Jared Lopez 3, Tristan Furgeson 3, Thalen Schroeder 3, Opdahl 2, Johnson 2

UJ: Llinas 12, Bennion 5, Woodford 5, Chandler 3