Jimmie Defense Sparks Second Half Comeback


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N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Minnesota-Crookston offense was rolling behind point guard Harrison Clearly and the Eagles lead by 17 with 12:45 left. The Jimmies turned up the defensive pressure and went on a 23-5 run to get back into the game. Jamestown eventually won 87-85.

Clearly was doing what he wanted for most of the first 30 minutes, but finally the Jimmies put the clamps on his pick-and-roll game with freshman Brady Birch hedging the screens.

The Jimmies exploded on a 23-5 run to tie the game. “I’m all about the other end tonight,” when coach Danny Neville was asked about the big shots hit by Sam Johnson and Kevin Oberwesier. “We did the little things on defense [the final 12 minutes] and that turned the tide.”

Jamestown lead by one with 11 seconds to go and Crookston had the ball. Clearly lost control of it with the clock winding down and Ben Weisbeck beat everyone to the loose ball. He called a timeout with 0.4 left on the clock. Isiah Dobson hit one of two free throws with 0.1 left following an inbound.

Clearly lead all scores with 36. Ten players (five from each team) scored in double-figures. Leighton Sampson and Oberweiser lead Jamestown with 16.

The Jimmies improve to 7-2 on the season and will head in Arizona this weekend for two games before opening conference play next weekend at Dakota State and Mayville State.

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