JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Long road trips aren’t always the best thing about collegiate basketball, especially for teams who play grueling conference schedules. Midland University’s men’s basketball team experienced that again over the weekend.
The Warriors (8-11, 3-7 GPAC) couldn’t keep pace with (RV) University of Jamestown (17-3, 7-3 GPAC) and fell by a final score of 103-85.
The No. 1 scoring offense in NAIA Division II shot their way to a victory with a total field goal percentage of 54.8 percent (40-73), including 37.9 percent (11-29) from beyond the three point line. Jamestown’s defense also forced 15 Midland turnovers that translated into 27 points for the Jimmies.
Jamestown was led on offense by Kevin Oberweiser’s 24 points on 7-18 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-6 clip from the free throw line. The guard also added five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Off the bench, Terrell Alfred also notched 20-plus points with a 21-point performance on 8-14 shooting, including four made three pointers. Jon Purintun (18), Brock Schrom (12), Jack Frazier (11), and Brady Birch (10) also scored in double-figures for Jamestown.
Two players for Midland tied for leading scorer as junior Bryce Parsons and freshman Malik Martin each netted 22 points on the afternoon. Parsons recorded yet another double-double as he grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists, just two shy of his first career triple-double.
Martin finished with nine rebounds, falling one shy of his own double-double.
Freshman Dillon Faubel has come on strong for the Warriors as of late, having perhaps his best performance to date as he scored a career-high 17 points on Saturday thanks to four made three-point attempts. Faubel also contributed five rebounds and three steals.
Midland kept pace with the Jimmies through most of the first half, exchanging the lead with Jamestown multiple times in the first 10 minutes of play. The Warriors held a six-point lead after a Faubel three-pointer with 12:21 to play in the half.
Just two minutes later, the Jimmies retook the lead and started to take over. After Midland took the six-point lead, Jamestown outscored the Warriors 38-19 to close out the first half. A 15-0 run helped the lead climb to as high as 19 points before the Jimmies took a 50-37 lead into halftime.
The Warriors managed to cut the Jamestown lead to single-digits just once in the second half, but never found themselves in striking distance. The Jimmies’ offense never let up en route to a triple-digit scoring effort and a 103-85 win. It’s the second time in as many games that the Warriors have allowed their opponent to reach the century mark.
It’s been tough-sledding in the Great Plain Athletic Conference, and after back-to-back losses, the Warriors will have to dig deep to find answers as 2019 rolls on.
Midland returns home for another GPAC matchup on Wednesday, January 9, against the Doane Tigers (6-12, 3-7 GPAC). Midland defeated Doane 65-58 in Crete, Nebraska back on November 14. Tipoff for the rematch on Wednesday is set for 8:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska at the Wikert Event Center.