The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team got down early, and could never fully recover Tuesday, Dec. 7, dropping a 71-52 decision to Jamestown.
A 10-0 run early in the first half, stretched a one-point lead to an 11-point lead just over five minutes into the game. The Cougars fought back to get within four just past the midway point of the first half, but that would be as close as they would get.
The Jimmies closed the first half with a bucket in the final minute, and took a 37-25 lead into the locker rooms.
With eight first-half points, Steve Birman led the way for the Cougars, while the Jimmies were paced by Byron Jones with 14 in the first half.
UMM shot just 30 percent (7-of-23) in the first half, en route to a 36 percent (17-of-47) mark for the game. In two games against them this season, Jamestown has held the Cougars to two of their four lowest shooting nights from the field.
A near top-25 NAIA squad, the Jimmies shot nearly 52 percent (29-of-56) from the floor, while also out-rebounding the Cougars 31-29.
Jamestown finished with three players in double-figures led by a game-high 23 from Jones.
Rookie Evan Reller led the way for UMM with 10, finishing as the Cougars' only player in double-figures.
The Jimmies had what it took to stop the Cougars' top scorers, holding UMAC Player of the Week, Zach Meyer to two points and two rebounds, as well as shutting out Birman in the second half.
With nine points, Tom Barrett finished as the Cougars' second-leading scorer, his second-best output of the season.
The loss marks UMM's second to Jamestown this season, along with a 74-51 setback on Nov. 23. This is also the Cougars' fifth straight loss, with their last win coming back on Nov. 18 over Concordia-Moorhead.