MSU-Northern's Devin Jackson, left, dribbles up the floor during Friday afternoon's NAIA men's basketball game at the Armory Gymnasium.
It's a good thing the Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team had a week to rest up for the Jamestown Jimmies. Because, on Friday afternoon at the Armory Gymnasium, the Jimmies gave the No. 23 Lights all the could handle. Northern had to watch Jamestown miss what would have been a game-winning shot at the buzzer to hang on for a 55-54 win over the NAIA rival.
The Lights dug themselves an early first-half hole, but a 15-0 run in early in the second half gave MSU-N 45-36 lead with nine minutes left. However, Jamestown answered with a 10-0 run of its own, before MSU-N seemed to seize control with a Roshawn West 3-pointer. That shot capped a 10-0 run by the Lights and they held a 55-47 lead with 3:40 to play. Northern never scored again however, and the Jimmies clawed their way back to within one point, before missing shots on their last two trips down the floor.
Senior Devin Jackson scored 15 points, while West nailed four three's and scored 12. Alfie Miller added nine points off the bench, and Jesse Vaughan had seven rebounds. Davon Thomas scored a game-high 21 for the Jimmies (7-3).
The win improved the Lights to 8-3 on the season. They will turn around and battle the Jimmies again Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at the Armory Gymnasium.