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Jamestown edges, beats DSU

FNS Photo by John Steiner Dickinson State senior Robbie Morey, right, chases after University of Jamestown’s Breshion Tucker during a nonconference game on Wednesday in Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN — Late leads have slipped away from the Jimmies at home a couple times early in the season.

Not Wednesday night, though.

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Matt Wingo’s tip-in late in the game stemmed a Dickinson State run and helped the Jimmies finish off a 73-64 win over the Blue Hawks at the Civic Center.

It was part of Wingo’s best game for the Jimmies. The junior from Princeton, Texas had 16 points and nine rebounds, both season-highs, and he drained a key late 3-pointer right before the tip-in.

“I think for the team, and personally for myself, hopefully this game can be a stepping stone for the rest of season,” Wingo said. “It was really good for us to play well down the stretch and hold them off. It can give us a lot of confidence knowing we’re capable of getting the job done late in the game.”

It was a good win for the Jimmies, who leveled their record at 4-4.

The Blue Hawks are better than their 1-4 record suggests. They won at Valley City State on Tuesday and their early-season schedule had consisted entirely of NCAA Division II teams prior to playing the Vikings and Jimmies.

“They’re good. They’re going to beat a lot of people. This was a really good team win for us,” said University of Jamestown coach Justin Wieck. “We didn’t play particularly well offensively, but defensively this was probably as good as we’ve played. Offense is going to come and go sometimes, but the defensive effort has to be there every night, and it was tonight.”

The Jimmies led by 14 early in the second half, but the Blue Hawks chipped away and had it down to four on hoop from monster post player Mackenson Odenier with five minutes to go.

But a runner by Taylor Newton, followed by Wingo’s triple and tip-in, had the lead back up to nine with less than 2 minutes to go.

“We settled for way too many jump shots. We stopped forcing the ball inside, which was hard to understand,” DSU coach Ty Orton said.

The Blue Hawks were bigger and wider across the board, but the Jimmies won the battle on the glass (40-37), getting productive minutes from Beny Collins (6 points, 3 rebounds) and Jesse Behm (4 and 4).

Mark Hoge had 15 points and a game-best seven assists. Brequan Tucker was also in double figures with 12 points.

“We have the type of talent where a lot of guys can chip in and do their thing,” Wingo said. “What we did tonight, we’re capable of doing that every night.”

Tevin Russell led all scorers with 17 points for the Blue Hawks. Brock Boos added 11.

“We have a lot of potential to be a good team, but as you saw tonight we’re not there yet. Things aren’t quite clicking,” Orton said. “It’s still pretty early. I think we can get to the point where we can be a good team, but there’s no easy way to get there. We have to keep working at it — hard.”

Wieck was understandably pleased with his team’s performance.

“There was a stretch to start the second half where we kind of lapsed into some bad habits, but as a whole this was a step in the right direction for us,” he said. “It’s about keeping it going forward and building off this to where we carry the momentum into practice and then our next game.”

DICKINSON STATE (1-3): Ty Ackleson 4, Robbie Morey 7, Phillip Johnson 7, Tevin Russell 17, Mackenson Odenier 8, DeSean Atkins 4, Brock Boos 11, Isiah Thomas 2, Jacob Volk 4.

UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN (3-4): Matt Wingo 16, Beny Collins 6, Brequan Tucker 12, Breshion Tucker 9, Mark Hoge 15, Taylor Newton 7, Logan Brown 2, Jesse Behm 4, Dan Janu 2.

Halftime: UJ 40-28. Total fouls: DSU 18, UJ 17. Fouled out: DSU, Bygate. 3-point goals: DSU 4-13 (Boos 3, Morey). UJ, 6-16 (Wingo 2, Brequan Tucker 2, Hoge 2). Rebounds: DSU 37 (Odenier 7), UJ 40 (Wingo 9). Assists: DSU 12 (Morey 4), UJ 18 (Hoge 7). Steals: DSU 8 (Morey 2, Odenier 2), UJ 8 (Newton 3). Blocks: DSU 2, UJ 2 (Bridges 2). Turnovers: DSU 19, UJ 21.

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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