Northern State got everything it could handle from Jamestown College on Friday at Wachs Arena.
The Wolves did just enough to come away with an 86-80 win over the Jimmies in a non-conference contest.
I thought our guys were ready to play, Northern State coach Paul Sather said. I really did. We had a good early lead on them, but we were still missing opportunities early to kind of advance that lead and they just kept hanging in there.
NSU never trailed in the first half and had a 35-30 lead at halftime. The halftime lead disappeared just two minutes into the second half as the Jimmies went on a 10-2 run and grabbed their first lead of the game at 40-37.
That is how a game goes, Northern forward Collin Pryor said. There is going to be ups, there is going to be downs and especially after halftime that is when you are going to see most of those. They are going to come out fighting and we just have to join up. We have to come together as a team.
The lead switched hands seven more times. When the Wolves took a 62-60 lead on a pair of Alex Thomas free throws, they never trailed again. However, Jamestown hung around and frustrated NSU's guards with its full-court press.
They came out real strong, NSU guard David Lane said about Jamestown. I felt like we needed to come back and counter that. I felt that I was trying to set up guys and get guys open shots.
The game was tied for a sixth and final time at 62-all and the Wolves went on a 7-0 run to balloon their lead to 69-62. Jamestown got as close as 79-75 with a minute to go, but the Wolves connected on five-of-seven from the free throw line in the final minute to earn the hard-fought win.
The biggest thing from this is we can't be satisfied, Pryor said. From our first game until now there is definitely a lot of things we have improved on, but especially this game there is a lot of things that Jamestown exposed our weaknesses on.
Pryor scored a career-high 25 points and also hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds. Tydan Storrusten tossed in 12 points, Dustin Tetzlaff added 11 points and Bojan Todorovic netted 10.
Northern State (3-0) will play Mayville State at 7 p.m. tonight at Wachs Arena in another non-conference contest.
They are good team and they play fearless, Sather said. We have to be ready to come out and really compete.
JAMESTOWN COLLEGE: Travis Burley 4-9 5-8 13, C.J. Peeters 3-9 1-2 8, Chris Lawrence 8-16 5-7 21, Byron Jones 4-11 2-5 11, B.J. Mertens 0-2 0-0 0, Jacquez Williams 1-4 3-3 6, Mark Hoge 3-4 0-0 6, Brandon Robbins 0-2 0-0 0, Jared Sutherland 2-3 1-2 6, Dustin Herrmann 0-0 2-2 2, David Steege 3-3 1-2 7. Totals 28-63 20-31 80.
NORTHERN STATE: Tom Parks 2-7 1-2 6, Collin Pryor 10-12 4-4 25, Marty Gregor 1-1 0-0 2, David Lane 4-10 0-0 8, Derek Hoellein 0-5 0-0 0, Jared Hannigan 1-4 4-5 6, Tydan Storrusten 2-5 8-9 12, Marko Filipovic 0-1 0-0 0, Bojan Todorovic 4-5 2-3 10, Alex Thomas 1-5 4-4 6, Dustin Tetzlaff 4-5 3-4 11. Totals 29-60 26-31 86.
Halftime score - Northern State 35-30. 3-point field goals - Jamestown College 4-13 (Peeters 1-1, Lawrence 0-2, Jones 1-5, Mertens 0-1, Williams 1-3, Sutherland 1-1); Northern State 2-16 (Parks 1-4, Pryor 1-1, Lane 0-3, Hoellein 0-3, Hannigan 0-2, Storrusten 0-2, Thomas 0-1). Total fouls - Jamestown College 31; Northern State 24. Fouled out - Jamestown College, Peeters; Northern State, Tetzlaff. Rebounds - Jamestown College 35 (Burley 8); Northern State 39 (Pryor 11). Assists - Jamestown College 8 (Lawrence 6); Northern State 18 (Lane 8). Blocks - Jamestown College 2 (Peeters 1, Hoge 1); Northern State 0. Steals - Jamestown College 14 (Jones 5); Northern State 10 (Lane 3). Turnovers - Jamestown College 18; Northern State 20. Officials - Jim Johnston, Duane Fiala, Kelly Pfiefer. A - 3,154.