Both of the Dickinson State men’s and women’s basketball teams got their season underway Thursday night in a doubleheader against the University of Jamestown. The women’s game was played first, followed by the men.
Jamestown 65, Dickinson State 58
The Blue Hawks came out the better side, jumping out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter. They extended it to 16-8 before the Jimmies went on an 8-0 run to make it 16-16.
Jamestown deployed a full-court press throughout the game to give DSU some trouble. They forced the Blue Hawks into seven turnovers in the half and 20 for the game. It was 35-34 Jamestown at the break.
The third quarter was not friendly to DSU at all. Jamestown outscored them 15-3 in the third with the Blue Hawks shooting 1-15 from the field. They actually had less turnovers than the Jimmies, eight to six, but could only muster up a single field goal in the quarter.
It was 50-37 after three, but DSU found their shooting form again and forced Jamestown into 10 turnovers. The final scoreline read 65-58, but the visitors held a 63-47 lead with just under three minutes to go as the Blue Hawks tried to make a late comeback.
Neither team shot the ball well, both sides were under 40 percent from the field. The Jimmies were only 4-18 from beyond the arc and had 22 turnovers.
But it was enough to earn the win. They only had two players in double figures in scoring. Forward Hannah DeMars had 21 and guard Kia Tower had 18. The next highest scorer had only five points.
For DSU, junior guard Kailyn Groves led the way with 17 points. Senior forward Courtney Olson had 15 points, but went 4-17 from the field. No one had more than 5 rebounds for the Blue Hawks and were outrebounded as a team 45-37. The loss put DSU to 0-25 all-time against the Jimmies.
Jamestown 93, Dickinson State 69
It was going to be a tall-task, quite literally, for the DSU men to prevail against Jamestown. The Jimmies reached the elite eight of the NAIA tournament last year, and returned first team all-American Mason Walters to their squad.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward put up an all-American performance Thursday night, scoring a game-high 33 points to go along with nine rebounds.
But it wasn’t just him that dominated inside. Senior forward Devon Schultz had his way below the basket, especially on the defensive end, recording 11 points on 5-7 shooting, seven rebounds and six blocks, including an emphatic alley-oop slam to silence the home crowd inside Scott Gymnasium.
The Jimmies held a 46-30 lead at the break but the Blue Hawks did their best to make it a game, cutting into the deficit 66-59 after freshman guard John Evans hit a layup and got fouled in the process. He missed the ensuing free throw.
From there Jamestown went on a 12-0 run and made it 78-59 to wipe away any hopes of a close finish. The three-pointer was falling for the Jimmies all night, shooting 12-24 from deep.
DSU shot a respectable 9-20 from three-point range, but couldn’t keep up with the balanced offensive attack from Jamestown.
Seniors Bryce Knox and Ajdin Toskic joined Evans in double figures in scoring. Knox was 4-7 from three-point range. Sophomore forward Cobe Begger had eight points in his DSU debut, making both of his three-point attempts and hitting a pair of free throws.
The size inside was too much for the Blue Hawks to deal with as they were outrebounded 46-36 and gave up 12 second-chance points. Jamestown shot 52 percent from the field compared to 42 percent for DSU. The Blue Hawks made only two free throws on seven attempts.
The women will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 23 in a home tilt with Minot State, while the men travel on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to take on Montana State University-Northern.