JAMESTOWN — The No. 19 Valley City State University mens basketball teams had plenty of ups and downs in a 66-65 overtime loss to Jamestown College Wednesday at the Jamestown Civic Center.
But in the end, the rubber match between the two teams was seemingly decided in each team's final possession.
Though the plays were similar, the team's ace guard driving for a layup, the difference lied in a foul call that sent Jamestown's Mark Hoge to the foul line, where it hit the two free throws that decided the game.
"We did a great job giving ourselves a chance to win, both in regulation and then at the end of the game, we had a great drive by Aaron Duske to give us the lead and have one stop to win the game or still have an offensive possession to win the game," VCSU coach Jeff Kaminsky said. "You really like our chances, it just didn't work in our favor there."
Both teams had their moments throughout the contest, with Valley City struggling early in the first half, then tying the game 56-56 with a minute left, despite trailing by as many as 14 with under eight minutes to play in the second half.
The teams kept it close in the overtime period, with a shot by Duske that put the Vikings up 58-56, though a 3-pointer put the Jimmies back ahead.
After getting points from Sekani Milligen and Gus Kueber to keep it close.
VCSU then took their final lead of the game when Duske hit a high-pressure shot as the shot clock wound down to make it 65-64.
On the inbounds play, Jamestown's Mark Hoge went up for a layup, resulting in a foul, then hit two free throws to score the final points of the game.
When Valley City took it in, they gave it to Sekani Milligen, who went to the hoop on a similar play but couldn't get the foul call, despite making contact with several Jimmies on the way up.
Milligen led VCSU with 17 points. Kueber had 16 and Duske had 15, including several late baskets in regulation and overtime. Dylan Ostrom led VCSU with eight rebounds.
Davon Thomas put up a double double for the Jimmies, scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds. Hoge had 18 points.
The teams split the first two games they had played this year, with Jamestown winning in the Dakota Tip Off Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Vikings won last week at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.