Jamestown Shoots 65 Percent In Win over Beavers
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Nov. 25, 2003

BEMIDJI, MINN. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team could not grab a lead at any point as they lost a 104-89 contest to Jamestown tonight at the BSU Gymnasium. The Jimmies are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Preseason Poll (Oct. 28).

The Beavers were able to tie the score on two occasions with under 14 minutes left, but behind hot shooting and clutch free-throw marksmanship, Jamestown ended BSU’s three-game winning streak to open up the campaign.

BSU was held scoreless until senior guard Jamal Clements hit a long-range bomb at the 14:48 mark. By then, Jamestown built a 9-3 advantage. The hosts got to within two after a trifecta by junior Shaw Bellmon put the count at 47-49 with 1:39 to go in the first half. JC led 55-49 at the half, going 19-of-30 (633) from the field. BSU shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) overall in the first frame, but hung close thanks to 10 three-pointers.

Out of the locker room, the Beavers tied the score at 73-73 with 12:05 remaining. Despite Jamestown going six-of-10 (.600) during a six-minute stretch, a lay-up by Clements had the Beavers only down by a basket. That is when the green and white turned ice cold, missing five straight shots and nine of ten to end the game. Meanwhile, JC made five of six free throw attempts and Benny Fragela hit back-to-back shots from behind the arc to seal the win.

For the game, Jamestown went 38-of-59 (.644) from the field while Bemidji State went just 32-of-74 (.432) but hit on 16 three-pointers. The Jimmies held the rebounding edge (38-31) and hit 10 more free throws (19-9) than the Beavers.

Senior All-American forward Charles Hanks hit for 21 points on seven-of-16 shooting, exceeding the 20-point barrier for the 24th time in his career. Clements finished with 19 on the night, including five-out-of-six from deep. Junior guard James Roberson recorded his fourth-season effort of 10+ points with 12.

Senior guard Adam Daley and freshman guard Martez Young energized the crowd with three trifectas apiece off the bench.

For the guests, Brandon Wilkens notched 19 points along with 12 rebounds while point guard Imran Sufi had 13 points and 10 assists. Charles Jones and Jonathon Castillo added 18 apiece.

“We need to get better defensively,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “People have been talking about how good our offense is and not about our defense. We need to have more people talking about our defense.

“This game will be good for us. We beat North Dakota and Pittsburg State and may have gotten a bit over-confident.”

Bemidji State will next travel to Brookings, S.D., for the South Dakota State Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 28-29. The Beavers will face host No. 15 SDSU, Friday at 8:00 p.m. and No. 3 South Dakota at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

NOTE: The overall series has seen Jamestown win the last two, but BSU still leads 25-12; the Beavers fall to 15-4 at home against the Jimmies...With Charles Hanksscoring 21 on the night, BSU falls to 17-7 when he accomplishes the feat...The loss snapped a five-game home winning streak for Bemidji State and ended the most successful start since the 1997-98 program won its first four on the season...The 64.4 percent shooting given up by Bemidji State is the highest for a BSU opposition in coach Guiot’s era (since 2001)...With the 16 three-pointers, BSU has now hit on 10 or more in 34 contests and 15 or more in six contests under coach Guiot...The Beavers have hit for an average of 12.8 three-pointers on the season, up from their NCAA-leading 11.7 per game mark from 2002-03.