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Eric Peterson, Published November 26 2013

Dragons power past the University of Jamestown

MOORHEAD – Sophomore guard Tyler Vaughan was on target Tuesday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, netting a career-high 24 points while playing 25 minutes.

His scoring efficiency helped spark Minnesota State Moorhead to a 93-69 victory against the University of Jamestown in nonconference men’s basketball.

“Tyler is going to be one of the best shooters in the league,” said Dragons head coach Chad Walthall, referring to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Dragons (4-0) start NSIC play at 6 p.m. Saturday when they play host to Northern State. MSUM is averaging 93.2 points per game in the pre-conference schedule, but has yet to face an NCAA Division II opponent.

“The true test comes during your league schedule, and I think we’re an unknown commodity,” Walthall said. “We’ve got depth, but we’re trying to work through that depth and figure out rotations and that kind of stuff.”

Tuesday’s game was an exhibition game for Jamestown. The Jimmies (4-6) had lost their two previous games heading into the game against the Dragons.

“We challenged our team to play really hard,” Jimmies head coach Justin Wieck said. “They’re a really good team. … We did some really good things. I’m proud of how our guys fought, especially inside with their size.”

Vaughan also gave Jamestown headaches on the perimeter, making 8 of 10 shots from the field. The 6-foot-1 Vaughan shot 83 percent (5 of 6) from 3-point range, making his first five shots from behind the arc. Vaughan was 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the first half, helping him to 11 points by halftime.

“I was feeling good at practice all week,” Vaughan said.

The Dragons started to pull away in the first half with a 13-2 run that pushed their lead into double digits for good. Five different MSUM players scored during that stretch. Junior guard Jordan Riewer capped that surge with a 3-pointer that gave the Dragons a 29-15 lead with 5 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the first half. MSUM took a 39-23 lead into halftime.

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half,” Walthall said. “I thought we got loose defensively in the second half.”

The Dragons scored 54 points in the second half, but allowed 46 points. The Jimmies shot 47 percent (14 of 30) from the field in the second half and got to the foul line 19 times.

“We know Saturday is a totally different level,” Vaughan said. “We’ve got to step up our game. … We did a lot of dumb things. We’ve got to calm that down.”

Sophomore guard Brequan Tucker paced the Jimmies with 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field. Tucker scored all his points in the second half.

“We’ve played quite the schedule,” said Wieck, whose team also had an exhibition game at Division I New Mexico in early November. “We feel like we’re in a good spot. We feel like we have a bright future ahead if we do the things we need to do.”

JAMESTOWN (4-6): Brequan Tucker 4-5 4-4 13, Breshion Tucker 0-5 2-2 2, Wingo 1-3 0-0 2, Hoge 3-7 0-2 7, Collins 1-2 1-2 3, Newton 3-5 0-2 8, Brown 3-5 2-3 8, Hagler 3-7 2-2 9, Behm 0-0 0-0 0, Potter 2-5 0-0 6, Janu 2-4 1-2 5, Knodel 0-2 0-0 0, Giese 0-0 0-0 0, Havron 2-3 2-3 6. Totals 24-53 14-22 69.

MSUM (4-0): Riewer 3-5 0-0 9, Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Nelson 4-6 1-1 9, Vaughan 8-10 2-3 23, Figini 4-7 1-4 9, Songolo 1-4 0-0 3, Clark 2-3 1-3 5, Wood 2-4 4-6 8, Lien 3-5 0-0 6, Reinke 1-1 0-0 3, Bingham 3-7 6-8 12, Filipek 2-3 0-0 4, Sevlie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-58 15-25 93.

Half: MSUM 39, UJ 23. 3-point goals: UJ 7-16 (Brequan Tucker 1-1, Breshion Tucker 0-1, Wingo 0-1, Hoge 1-3, Newton 2-2, Hagler 1-2, Potter 2-5, Knodel 0-1), MSUM 10-17 (Riewer 3-3, Williams 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Vaughan 5-6, Songolo 1-3, Lien 0-1, Reinke 1-1, Bingham 0-1). Total fouls: UJ 25, MSUM 19. Technical foul: Bingham. Rebounds: UJ 29 (Janu 6), MSUM 36 (Nelson 5, Clark 5). Assists: UJ 12 (Hagler 4), MSUM 17 (Riewer 7). Steals: UJ 2 (Brown, Hagler), MSUM 5 (Songolo 2). Turnovers: UJ 15 (three players with 3), MSUM 12 (four players with 2). A-665.


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