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David Selvig / Forum News Service, Published February 23 2013

Jamestown men's basketball team pulls off upset

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Jamestown College men’s basketball team pulled off an upset Saturday to continue its strong late-season play.

Down six at halftime, the Jimmies outscored ninth-ranked Rochester of Michigan 50-28 in the second half en route to a

78-62 victory in the semifinals of the Association of Independent Institutions tournament at the Civic Center.

With the win, Jamestown earns a trip back to the NAIA national tournament in Branson, Mo.

In an up and down season, coach Justin Wieck’s team is hot at the right time. After beating 19-11 Ashford of Iowa Friday night, the Jimmies handed top-seeded Rochester just its fourth loss of the season in 24 games.

The Jimmies (15-17) will meet Dakota State for the A.I.I. tournament title today at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Mark Hoge had 28 points to lead the Jimmies. Davon Thomas added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jared Sutherland hit for 18 points off the bench, but in the lone downer of the evening appeared to sustain a serious ankle injury on a game-clinching dunk where he was fouled. He was carried off the court.

Rochester will earn an at-large bid to nationals.

RC (21-4 overall): Hogan 16, Mattia 6, Maynard 21, Schizas 8, DeBaat 4, Gold 7. Totals: 24-56 (FG), 7-16 (FT).

JC (15-17 overall): Hoge 28, Thomas 23, Tucker 5, Collins 2, Sutherland 20. Totals: 25-47 (FG), 19-23 (FT).

Halftime: RC 34, JC 28. Three-pointers: RC 7-22 (Mattia 2-6, Maynard 3-7, Schizas 2-4), JC 9-21 (Hoge 2-5, Thomas 3-7, Tucker 1-3, Sutherland 3-3). Total fouls: RC 20, JC 16. Fouled out: Hogan. Rebounds: RC 30 (Hogan 9), JC 32 (Thomas 10). Assists: RC 10 (Mattia 2), JC 13 (Hoge 5). Turnovers: RC 12, JC 11.

Dakota State 58, Valley City State 53

Dakota State is headed back to Branson, Mo., while Valley City State will have to wait and wonder.

The Trojans outscored the 23rd-ranked Vikings 39-30 in the second half to rally for a 58-53 win in a defensive grinder in semifinal play of the A.I.I. tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Vikings are likely, but not guaranteed to get an at-large bid into nationals. Aaron Duske and A.J. McDonald paced the Vikings with 10 points each.

DS (20-9 overall): Gordon 2, J. Lamb 13, L. Lamb 13, Lee 4, Vinson 8, Krump 12, Smith 6. Totals: 22-57 (FG), 7-8 (FT).

VC (21-8 overall): Duske 10, Kueber 5, Milligen 8, Ostrom 7, Raquel 9, Embden 2, McDonald 10, Pratt 2. Totals: 20-46 (FG), 7-16 (FT).

Halftime: VC 23, DS 19. Three-pointers: DS 7-18 (J. Lamb 3-8, L. Lamb 1-2, Vinson 1-1, Smith 2-6), VC 6-19 (Duske 1-3, Milligen 2-7, Raquel 1-2, McDonald 2-3). Total fouls: DS 18, VC 13. Rebounds: DS 32 (Vinson 8), VC 33 (Kueber 7). Assists: DS 11 (Gordon 6), VC 8 (Raquel 4). Turnovers: DS 13, VC 16.

David Selvig is the sports editor for the Jamestown (N.D.) Sun