Dream shot: Gondrezick’s last-second jumper lifts Hawks past No. 24 Jamestown
Four words determined the difference between win and a loss for the Dickinson State men's basketball team on Saturday: "Put me in, coach." With only seconds left and trailing 75-74, junior guard Jacob Gondrezick asked DSU head coach Justin Wetzel...
Four words determined the difference between win and a loss for the Dickinson State men’s basketball team on Saturday: “Put me in, coach.”
With only seconds left and trailing 75-74, junior guard Jacob Gondrezick asked DSU head coach Justin Wetzel to get back in the game. Wetzel agreed.
Gondrezick threw up a jumper from the right wing and watched the ball sink into the basket for the game-winning shot with seven-tenths of a second remaining.
DSU upset No. 24-ranked University of Jamestown 76-75 in its final home game of the season, a North Star Athletic Association game at Scott Gymnasium.
It was DSU’s first win over a ranked opponent since leaving the Dakota Athletic Conference in 2012.
“I was sitting on the bench for a little while and after I missed the first (go-ahead) shot, I was just happy Tevin (Russell) had the confidence in me and to give it right back to me,” Gondrezick said with a smile. “I was just glad I hit it. I never hit a game-winner before.”
Wetzel has been preaching the importance of competing and making winning plays down the stretch since league play began. DSU has come close in its past seven games and finally broke through Saturday.
“Beating a quality team at the end of the day and getting a win is great,” Wetzel said. “But to do it and make a winning play, that’s something we’ve been (trying to do), and to send these (seniors) - for what could be their last home game - out on that note, I’m so happy for them and the program.”
The win was sweet revenge for the Blue Hawks, who lost in overtime to the Jimmies on Jan. 28.
DSU was comfortable in the first half and shot 14 for 26 from the field and drained seven 3-pointers while Jamestown made just one.
Things got competitive in the second half. In the first 9 minutes, Jamestown shot 8 for 10 from the field, 9 for 10 from the free-throw line and 5 for 7 from 3-point range.
But, over the final 10 minutes, DSU senior Tevin Russell and junior Curtis Redd got the Blue Hawks back into the game and kept the pressure on Jamestown. Redd, who has been in a lull since tweaking a hamstring earlier in the season, scored nine of his 17 points down the stretch while Russell added eight points late and finished with a team-high 22 points.
“I’ve been in a little bit of a lull lately, so it was nice for the guys to still be able to have confidence in me, and to go and be able to perform and send the seniors out the right way,” Redd said.
Along with his 17 points, Redd also finished with three steals and two blocks. Russell had five assists. Gondrezick scored 12 points and Connor Donaldson finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Keeton Tucker led DSU with nine rebounds and supplied three blocks and two points.
“We battled through a lot of guys in foul trouble,” Wetzel said. “Our most valuable guy, Mack (Odenier) was in foul trouble the whole game and Keeton Tucker stepped up,” Wetzel said. “ … Curtis has been in that injury hangover and broke through tonight. He was getting downhill and getting by guys.”
Four Jimmies combined to score 63 points. Brequan Tucker led the way with 21. He was 6 for 6 at the free-throw line, 8 for 16 from the floor and added four rebounds.
Cedric Smith scored 19 points and had nine rebounds, Jake Hagler supplied 13 points and five assists, and Sam Johnson finished with 10 points.
Both teams had good nights at the free-throw line. Jamestown was 19 for 22 and DSU shot 10 for 16.
“We were all around pretty confident,” Gondrezick said. “We felt like we were right with them at their place and definitely had this one eyed for a little while.”
The Blue Hawks conclude their regular season this week with two road games.
DSU’s first stop is at Presentation College at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Aberdeen, S.D.
“We got some momentum now and we’re starting to learn from our mistakes and actually implement what we need to do to fix those mistakes instead of talking about them,” Russell said. “We’re playing through adversity. ... It’s late, but better late than never.”
Jamestown (17-7, 5-3 NSAA): Brequan Tucker 6-18 6-6 21, Cedric Smith 8-10 3-3 19, Jake Hagler 3-4 6-8 13, Sam Johnson 3-5 2-2 10, Jacob Havron 4-5 1-1 9, Vlad Stoicoviciu 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor Newton 0-5 1-2 1. Totals: 25-52 19-22 75.
Dickinson (11-14, 3-5 NSAA): Tevin Russell 9-14 2-2 22, Curtis Redd 6-13 3-4 17, Jacob Gondrezick 5-7 0-0 12, Connor Donaldson 3-9 2-4 10, Mack Odenier 2-2 1-2 5, Billy Engel 1-4 1-2 4, Jacob Volk 1-2 1-2 4, Keeton Tucker 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 28-56 10-16 76.
Halftime: D 40-32. Total fouls: J 18 (2 tied with 4), D 22 (Odenier 5). Fouled out: D, Odenier. 3-point goals: J 6-18 (Tucker 3), D 10-21 (4 tied with 2). Rebounds: J 30 (Smith 9), D 30 (Tucker). Assists: J 13 (Hagler 5), D 11 (Russell 5). Steals: J 4 (4 tied with 1), D 4 (Redd 3). Blocks: J 2 (2 tied with 1), D 6 (Tucker 3). Turnovers: J 17, D 15.