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Jimmies men's hoops show off toughness in 89-79 win over Concordia

Jan. 3—JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown men's basketball team showed off their toughness in an 89-79 win over Concordia University (Neb.) on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Harold Newman Arena.

The Jimmies (8-7, 3-4) got off to an incendiary start to this game sprinting out to an 18-4 lead. The Jimmies kept it up from there taking multiple 22-point leads throughout the remainder of the first half including on a Colby Vazquez jumper to push the lead out to 48-26 with 36 seconds to go in the first half.

"I thought the kids knocked down some shots," Jimmies head coach Greg Ulland said. "We've been shooting a lot in practice. It's something that we've set aside that we're gonna get a lot of shots up. We have the potential to be a really good high-scoring team. So, it felt like we put them in some positions that we felt we could take advantage of what they were going defensively. They went up and knocked down some shots."

In the opening half, the Jimmies shot 54% from the field and 70% from three.

Over the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Bulldogs (9-4, 4-3) were able to cut the deficit to nine points at 67-58. The Bulldogs' Brooks Kissinger hit a free throw with 4:53 to go in the game to cut the Jimmies' lead down to 73-68 with just under five minutes to go in the game. Moments later, the Jimmies' Antonio Chandler hit a bucket and converted the and-one to push the lead out to 75-68, drawing an exuberant scream from the junior. Late in the game, Chandler grabbed a defensive rebound and split a pair at the stripe to push the lead out to 87-79. Chandler finished the day with 10 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

"It turned me up all the way, get me through the finish of the game," Chandler said. "It was a big play and I knew that after I finished it, I had to finish with the free throw; get back on defense and get another stop."

The Jimmies return to the court at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, when they go to Midland University.

CUNE 79, UJ 89

CUNE: 33 46 — 79

UJ: 48 41 — 89

Points leaders:

CUNE: Tristan Smith 20, Noah Schutte 18, Jaxon Stueve 12, Tyler Harre 12, Zac Kulus 4, Brooks Kissinger 4, Joel Baker 3, Jaxon Weyand 3, Lukas Helms 3

UJ: Silas Bennion 20, Colby Vazquez 15, Cole Woodford 14

Assists leaders:

CUNE: Stueve 4, Smith 3, Schutte 2

UJ: Will Cordes 3, Vazquez 1, Jimmy Llinas 1, Antonio Chandler 1

Leading rebounders:

CUNE: Smith 13, Schutte 6, Helms 3, Bradley Bennett 3, Stueve 2, Baker 2, Brandt Van Dyke 2, Weyand 1, Kissinger 1, Hayden Frank 1

UJ: Llinas 11, Chandler 9, Bennion 5, Christian Lietz 5, Woodford 3