Jimmies deny Tigers at home
Each time the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team made a run, the University of Jamestown had an answer.
The No. 10 Tigers dropped their second-straight home game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. One week after getting upset by Hastings College at home, Jamestown upset the Tigers 82-75 in Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball action.
Dakota Wesleyan (17-5, 9-4 GPAC) couldn’t shake off a slow start and played from behind the entire game as the Jimmies hit big shots all night.
“We just got punched in the mouth right away to start and we overcame it and got it back, but that’s just really hard to overcome,” DWU coach Matt Wilber said. “They had some guys play really well.”
Jamestown (16-8, 7-7 GPAC) was powered by four players in double figures to offset a stellar performance by All-American Ty Hoglund. The senior guard finished with 39 points on 13 of 25 shooting from the field.
But the Tigers didn’t have an answer for Jack Talley (20 points), Terrell Alfred (18 points) and Isaiah Dobson (17 points).
“Jack Talley and Isaiah Dobson and Terrell Alfred all played really well for those guys and we had a hard time getting them guarded,” Wilber added.
The Tigers briefly led 2-0 but that was their last lead and could never regain the advantage. They had plenty of opportunities, but the Jimmies always hit a big shot or got a stop on defense.
DWU’s Mason Larson drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 66-65 with 5 minutes and 12 seconds left. The Jimmies called a timeout and responded with eight straight points over two minutes for a nine-point advantage.
The cushion was enough to keep the Tigers at bay as Jamestown recorded the win.
“They’d hit a big shot and they got a couple of big rebounds and we just couldn’t do enough to win,” Wilber said.
Talley, who is a Sioux Falls Washington graduate, finished 8 of 12 from the field and hit 4 of 5 3-pointers.
“I know that everybody on our team was doing their role it seemed like and when the ball came to me and it was my turn to shoot it, it was my turn to shoot it,” Talley said. “I am just really happy we won to be honest with you.”
Talley’s final three college choices were DWU, Jamestown and Briar Cliff, while he’s also familiar with a number of the South Dakota players on the team.
“I grew up with those guys,” he said. “It means a lot to me personally and also our team.”
Talley’s first 3-pointer stretched Jamestown’s advantage to 27-12 with 10 minutes left. DWU hit just three field goals in the first eight minutes.
“You get down that big and that’s tough to comeback from,” Wilber said. “It took us a little while to get going and that’s too bad.”
Hoglund powered a run as DWU’s offense got on track. The senior guard scored 18 points over the next 6 1/2 minutes to get DWU within 34-33. The final five points of the 18-point run included a deep 3-pointer in transition and a converted layup off his own miss in the lane.
But the Tigers couldn’t take the lead as Talley and Alfred combined to nail three 3-pointers to end the first half. Talley hit two straight on back-to-back possessions as Jamestown led 44-38 at the break. Jamestown hit 7 of 9 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
“We couldn’t string any stops together early on and that was the problem,” Wilber said.
The Tigers host Concordia University at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Corn Palace.
Jamestown 82, No. 10 Dakota Wesleyan University 75
Jamestown (16-8, 7-7): Isaiah Dobson 6-15 2-2 17, Jack Frazier 2-6 3-7 7, Terrell Alfred 7-11 0-0 18, Jack Talley 8-12 0-0 20, Brady Birch 4-7 0-0 8, Devan Praska 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Walters 5-10 2-3 12. Team totals: 32-61 7-12 82.
Dakota Wesleyan (17-5, 9-4): Koln Oppold 3-9 0-0 6, Collin Kramer 2-10 3-4 8, Mason Larson 6-11 0-0 14, Samuel McCloud 3-6 0-2 8, Ty Hoglund 13-25 9-13 39, Jeffrey Schuch 0-2 0-0 0, Drew Cole 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 27-63 12-19 75.
HT: J, 44-38. 3-pointers: J 11-16 (Alfred 4-5, Talley 4-5 Dobson 3-6); DWU 9-27 (Hoglund 4-8, McCloud 2-5, Larson 2-3, Kramer 1-6, Oppold 0-3, Schuh 0-2). Rebounds: J 35 (Birch 9, Alfred 7); DWU (Kramer 6, Larson 6, McCloud 6). Assists: J 14 (FRazier 4); DWU 6 (Hoglund 4). Blocked shots: J 0; DWU 5 (Larson 4). Steals: J 1; DWU 6. Turnovers: J 8; DWU 6. Total fouls: J 13; DWU 12. Officials: Kirby Wells, Joe Wells, Christopher Ladwig. A: 2,503