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       2012-13 A.I.I. Basketball Championship
February 22-24, 2013

Jamestown Civic Center, Jamestown, N.D.
Hosted by Jamestown College

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Men's Official NAIA/Dakstats Live Stats:

Men's Tournament Stats

Women's Official NAIA/Dakstats Live Stats:

Women's Tournament Stats

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Men's All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player:  Mark Hoge, Jamestown.

All-Tournament team:  Luke Lamb (Dakota State), Davon Thomas (Jamestown), Drew Maynard (Rochester), Yusuf Vinson (Dakota State), Jared Sutherland (Jamestown), and Tyrone Gordon, Jr. (Dakota State).

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Women's All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player:  Hannah Steele, Jamestown

A.I.I. All-Tournament Team:  Courtney Titus (Valley City State), Carly Jensen (Jamestown), Brittany Lehner (Valley City State), Madison Wagner (Ashford), Sadiqah Jihad (Valley City State), and Morgan Mathison (Jamestown).

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

           5:00 pm    CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER

                               Student-Athletes work with Anne Carlson School – Led by Greg Ulland 

Champions of Characters Photos – 21 Feb 13:  Click Here!

Friday, February 22

1:00 pm     Women:  # 3 Valley City State 57 vs # 6 Rochester 52
3:00 pm     Women:  # 4 Johnson & Wales 67 vs # 5 Ashford 85
5:30 pm     Men:  # 3 Dakota State 82 vs # 6 Northern New Mexico 67
7:30 pm     Men:  # 5 Jamestown College 54 vs # 4 Ashford 50 

Tournament Photos: Fri. Feb. 22 Photos Click Here!

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm      Women's Semifinal # 1 (game # 3) # 3 Valley City State 78 # 2 Mayville State 66
3:00 pm      Women's Semifinal # 2 (game # 4)  # 1 Jamestown 83 vs # 5 Ashford 68
5:30 pm      Men's Semifinal # 1 (game # 3) # 3 Dakota State 58 vs # 2 Valley City State 53
7:30 pm      Men's Semifinal # 2 (game # 4) # 5 Jamestown 78 vs # 1 Rochester 62

Semifinal Tournament Photos: Sat. Feb. 23   Click Here for Semifinal Pictures

Sunday, February 24

2:00 pm       Women's Championship:  # 1 Jamestown 69, # 3 Valley City State 52

A.I.I. Women's Championship Photos

4:30 pm       Men's Championship: # 3 Dakota State 78, # 5 Jamestown 76

Photos - A.I.I. Men's Championship

The teams that played in Sunday's Championship earned an automatic bid to the 2013 NAIA National Tournament.

NAIA Men's National Tournament is in Point Lookout, MO, March 6-12.

NAIA Women's National Tournament is in Sioux City, IA, March 6-12.

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Hosting the Association of Independent Institutions tournament turned out to be a smashing success for Jamestown College.

Both Jimmie basketball teams qualified for nationals, and the school will end up turning a profit for hosting the event, although how much is yet to be determined.

Jamestown College athletic director Lawrie Paulson said finishing in the black was nice, but a lot went into it.

"(The tournament) was profitable because of the support of Buffalo City Tourism and the people that supported the tournament," Paulson said.

A $10,000 grant from Buffalo City Tourism was key in securing the right to host. The tournament brought in 10 teams from various parts of the country. Officials, players and coaches gave the weekend a ringing endorsement.

"I hope the local businesses felt a positive impact from having the tournament here," Paulson said. "They were very supportive of what we did."

Paulson was also very complimentary of the Jamestown Civic Center staff.

"They bent over backwards for us," he said. "Everybody was terrific to work with. There was nothing they weren't willing to do to make the tournament a success."

Plenty of groundwork for the tournament was laid by JC staff members.

Kevin Gall, a jack of all trades on campus, handled several game-day duties. Sports information director Andrew Gideon was quick on the draw getting information out on games pre and post, while Dustin Jensen filled a variety of roles leading up to, and then during the tournament.

"It's really helpful when you can just turn things over to people and know they're going to get it done right," Paulson said. "With those three guys, you knew that's what was going to happen."

Overall, it was a win-win weekend across the board.

"Across the board we received great support," Paulson said. "I don't know how it could have gone any better."

Courtesy of Jamestown Sun sports editor Dave Selvig, 3/2/13

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Radio broadcasts: All 10 games will be covered.

A.I.I. Basketball - Listen Live: KQDJ 1400AM | NewsDakota

There will also be a coaches radio show

  1. Friday 9-10 am CST,
  2. Saturday 9:30-10:30 am CST, and
  3. Sunday 9:30-10:30 am CST

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All 10 games will be broadcast by the Jamestown's Student Media Center.

They are available on America One.

The price will be $8 per game or $25 for a tournament pass.

The games will have radio play by play linked to the broadcast.

For the America One broadcast link:  Click Here!

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NAIA/Dakstats Official Tournament Site: CLICK HERE

A.I.I. Womens Bracket - Official Printable PDF

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Championship Box Score

Valley City State University vs. Jamestown College

Valley City State Univers (24-7)
Courtney Titus 4-12 3-3 11, Brittany Lehner 8-17 4-5 20, Alyssa Hummel 3-8 3-3 9, Kelsey Hunter 1-4 0-0 2, Megan Trautman 0-0 0-0 0, Stephanie Pedersen 0-1 0-1 0, Sadiqah Jihad 2-5 0-0 4, Sierra Even 1-3 0-0 2, Courtney Dixon 0-1 0-0 0, Tracie Boehmlehner 0-0 2-2 2, Ashli Lee 1-5 0-0 2, Mariah Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Erika Ettl 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 12-14 52

Jamestown College (26-5)
Bridget Schuneman 3-4 2-4 8, Amber Ramlo 1-3 3-4 5, Hannah Steele 3-9 7-8 15, Kayla Roemmich 2-2 0-0 4, Carly Jensen 6-10 6-6 24, Morgan Mathison 1-7 1-2 4, Megan Pold 1-5 1-1 3, Jordan Bridges 0-1 0-0 0, Maggie Seter 0-1 0-0 0, Kadie Savage 3-5 0-0 6, Jessica Buck 0-1 0-0 0, Chelsey Frydenlund 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 20-25 69


Valley City State Univers242852
Jamestown College313869

FG%: Valley City State Univers .351, Jamestown College .408. 3-pt FG:Valley City State Univers 0-10 (Titus 0-1, Lehner 0-2, Hunter 0-1, Jihad 0-2, Even 0-2, Dixon 0-1, Lee 0-1), Jamestown College 9-23 (Ramlo 0-1, Steele 2-5, Jensen 6-9, Mathison 1-5, Seter 0-1, Buck 0-1, Frydenlund 0-1). Rebounds: Valley City State Univers 32 (Titus 8), Jamestown College 41 (Bridges 7). Fouls Valley City State Univers 24, Jamestown College 19. Fouled out: Jihad . Technical: Schuneman, Titus. Assists: Valley City State Univers 10 (Titus 4, Jihad 4), Jamestown College 12 (Mathison 5). Steals: Valley City State Univers 6 (Titus 4), Jamestown College 5 (Steele 2). Blocked shots: Valley City State Univers 4 (Even 2), Jamestown College 3 (Bridges 2). Turnovers: Valley City State Univers 15, Jamestown College 21. Attendance: 713.

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A.I.I. Women's Tournament Preview

Courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, 2/22/13

The A.I.I. tournament did not go well last season for the Jimmies.

Just like this weekend, Jamestown College was the top seed, but were bounced quickly and then had to sweat out the at-large process to get to nationals.

They'd prefer to take matters into their own hands this weekend at the Civic Center.

"That left a sour, sour taste in our mouths," JC coach Greg Ulland said. "That kind of goes back to the recurring theme of the season of unfinished business, redemption. … We just want to have a better finish, not just this tournament, but ultimately, hopefully, at the national tournament."

Winning the A.I.I. would help in seeding, presumably. With their current ranking of 16th nationally, any movement upward would help in seeding for nationals.

"It would definitely help to win it, no question. That's a big goal for us," Ulland said. "But that's going to take us playing two really good games against two very quality teams."

The Jimmies will play either Ashford University (Iowa) or Johnson & Wales (Colo.), which beat the Jimmies in early January in Denver. Ulland said his team would like another crack at the Warriors, but he personally has no preference.

"We'll go practice right after that game and we have a practice plan for both," Ulland said. "We've had a good week up until now, so hopefully we can carry that over."

The Jimmies have not lost consecutive games all season en route to their sparkling 24-5 record. Since losing to Johnson & Wales on Jan. 5, they're 10-2.

"We're playing at a pretty high level," Ulland said. "The girls have been taking care of the little things and those are the type of things that are really important this time of year.

"It feels like we're starting to peak, we're not quite there yet, but we're definitely getting to where we need to be."

A.I.I. Tournament at Jamestown Civic Center



No. 1 Jamestown College

Record: 24-5

Coach: Greg Ulland (3rd year)

Enrollment: 967

Players to watch: Bridget Schuneman (12 ppg, 5.5 rpg); Hannah Steele (10 ppg, 4.7 apg); Carly Jensen (10 ppg); Amber Ramlo (8 ppg, 7.6 rpg); Kayla Roemmich (7 ppg); Morgan Mathison (7 ppg); Megan Pold (6 ppg); Maggie Seter (5 ppg).

Season so far: The Jimmies have been consistent all season long. They've played 29 games and are yet to have a losing streak. Their No. 16 national ranking is the highest in the field. Few have equal scoring balance. Bridget Schuneman's 12 points per game tops nine players with averages of five or better.


No. 2 Mayville State

Record: 20-4

Coach: Dennis Hutter (7th year)

Enrollment: 825

Players to watch: Marcisa McMillan 16 ppg, 9 rpg); Hailey Longtin (16 ppg); Sabrina Rude (12 ppg); Liza Hoglo (9 ppg); Samantha Heier (8 ppg); Angela Tauer (8 ppg).

Season so far: The Comets are enjoying one of their best seasons ever. They've been ranked much of the year and are currently 22nd. The Comets can fill it up, they average nearly 84 points per game.


No. 3 Valley City State

Record: 22-6

Coach: Jill DeVries (14th year)

Enrollment: 1,362

Players to watch: Brittany Lehner (11 ppg, 6 rpg); Katelyn Ralston (10 ppg); Courtney Titus (8 ppg); Alyssa Hummel (8 ppg).

Season so far: Jill DeVries is the dean of all coaches in the tournament. In her 14th season she has the Vikings sitting on 22 wins and a contender this weekend. They'll have to get past Rochester in the weekend opener today at 1 p.m. The Vikings are tough to score on. They give up just 58 points per game.  Valley City State is currently ranked 28th.


No. 4 Johnson & Wales (Colo.)

Record: 14-16

Coach: Jeff Neal (3rd year)

Enrollment: 1,672

Players to watch: Caitlin Durkin (16 ppg); Kristen Ward (15 ppg); Samantha Neal (12 ppg).

Season so far: The Wildcats enter with confidence. They have wins over Jamestown College and Valley City State, plus they nearly beat Mayville State. They have three players that average over 12 points, but they can be scored on, allowing over 74 points per game.


No. 5 Ashford (Iowa)

Record: 13-16

Coach: Amy Eagan (3rd year)

Enrollment: 968

Players to watch: Quinn Rear (12 ppg); Madison Wagner (11 ppg); Gaby Ayon (10 ppg, 8 rpg).

Season so far: Ashford plays close games. They only average 57.9 points, but give just a shade over 58. They also turn it over a lot (548), but they also have come up with 239 steals. The Saints have not played a single team in the tournament. The Saints/Johnson & Wales winner gets the Jimmies Saturday at 3 p.m.


No. 6 Rochester (Mich.)

Record: 13-13

Coach: Eric Sims (3rd year)

Enrollment: 1,084

Players to watch: Sam Tomaschko (12 ppg, 9 rpg); Meagan Heiden (12 ppg).

Season so far: Like Ashford, Rochester has not played any team in the field. They aren't explosive offensively, but they allow just 53.4 points per game, third best in NAIA Division II.

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Article courtesy of Jamestown Sun Staff, 2/23/13
Fifth-seeded Ashford pulled the upset 85-67 in the opening round of the Association of Independent Institutions tournament over Johnson & Wales, a four seed, though at times it looked like the seeds should have been flopped.

Ashford led 22-20 when it embarked on a 17-4 first-half run that effectively sank Johnson & Wales, which spent the rest of the game trying to eliminate a double-digit lead Friday at the Civic Center.

Quinn Rear had 10 of her team's first 14 points to finish with 22 for Ashford, and teammate Madison Wagner posted a game-high 26 points to help the Saints (14-16) into today's semifinals against top-seeded Jamestown College (24-5).

Johnson & Wales rallied in the second half after trailing by more than 20. The Wildcats had the deficit down to 11 at 65-54 with 7 minutes remaining in the game, when Ashford used an 8-0 run to end all hope.

Caitlin Durkin finished with a team-high 19 points in the season-ending loss for Johnson & Wales (14-17).

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When the pressure was on, the Valley City State women's basketball team got aggressive.

Despite being held without a field goal for the final 5 minutes, 9 seconds of their game against Rochester (Minn.), the Vikings were able to get to the free-throw line and go 8-of-10.

"Situations like that, it helps a lot to be able to make shots from the line," VCSU's Brittany Lehner said.

"Otherwise, being aggressive doesn't do anything for you."

Third-seeded VCSU used the free ones to advance to the semifinal round of the Association of Independent Institutions tournament with a 57-52 win Friday afternoon at the Civic Center. The Vikings (23-6) play second-seeded Mayville State (20-4) at 1 p.m. today with a berth to nationals on the line.

"It's tournament time, and there are certain things you've got to do," VCSU coach Jill DeVries said. "You've got to rebound, you've got to play defense and you've got to make free throws. Also make bunnies, and I don't think we did a great job of making bunnies, but we did a good job down the stretch of making free throws."

Lehner finished with a game-high 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field. She made all four of her free throws in the second half and was part of a 20-of-23 performance from the charity stripe as a team.

"You go that long without making a field goal, you've got to be aggressive," said Lehner of her team's 5-minute lull at the end. "When we were aggressive, we could get to the line, and you've got to knock them down in that situation."

Steph Pedersen, a Mandan native, didn't sink a field goal, but made nine of her 10 free-throw attempts including a 4-of-4 effort in the final 2:07 to help seal the win.

The Vikings actually turned the ball over on an out of bounds play with 27 seconds remaining and only ahead by three, but a Rochester 3-pointer missed the rim entirely, leading to the Vikings' execution at the line.

VCSU used a 13-0 first-half run to build a 38-25 lead at halftime.

Rochester fought back by burying five 3-pointers from five different players in less than 5 minutes in the second half to get back within striking distance, eventually taking the lead (48-47) on a jumper from Sam Tomaschko at the shot-clock buzzer with 5:28 to go. Sixth-seeded Rochester (13-14) managed only four points the rest of the way and was led in scoring by Tomaschko's 11 points.

Courtesy of Chris Aarhus, Jamestown Sun, 2/23/13

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NAIA/Dakstats Official Tournament Site: CLICK HERE

Official Printable A.I.I. Men's Bracket

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Championship Box Score

Dakota State (S.D.) vs. Jamestown College

Dakota State (S.D.) (22-9)
Keith Lee II 1-3 2-7 4, Luke Lamb 5-10 1-1 15, Yusuf Vinson 7-10 3-5 19, John Lamb 6-13 0-0 17, Marcus Smith 2-5 0-1 5, Tyrone Gordon, Jr. 6-17 2-4 15, Cameron Krump 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 28-62 9-20 78

Jamestown College (15-18)
Mark Hoge 12-19 3-7 36, Beny Collins 0-2 0-0 0, Davon Thomas 4-8 0-0 10, Taylor Newton 2-6 0-0 6, Jesse Behm 1-2 0-0 2, Dan Janu 2-4 0-0 4, Andre Maund 1-2 0-0 3, Breshion Tucker 7-13 1-1 15. Totals 29-56 4-8 76


Dakota State (S.D.)334578
Jamestown College512576

FG%: Dakota State (S.D.) .452, Jamestown College .518. 3-pt FG:Dakota State (S.D.) 13-26 (Lamb 4-6, Vinson 2-4, Lamb 5-11, Smith 1-3, Gordon, Jr. 1-2), Jamestown College 14-24 (Hoge 9-11, Collins 0-1, Thomas 2-3, Newton 2-4, Maund 1-2, Tucker 0-3). Rebounds: Dakota State (S.D.) 38 (Lamb 10), Jamestown College 31 (Collins 11). Fouls Dakota State (S.D.) 14, Jamestown College 15. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Dakota State (S.D.) 13 (Gordon, Jr. 4), Jamestown College 17 (Tucker 8). Steals: Dakota State (S.D.) 6 (Vinson 3), Jamestown College 4 (Tucker 2). Blocked shots: Dakota State (S.D.) 1 (Vinson 1), Jamestown College 4 (Collins 2). Turnovers: Dakota State (S.D.) 8, Jamestown College 12. Attendance: 1210.

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Men's A.I.I. Tournament Preview

Courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, 2/22/13


It's been an up and down season for the Jamestown College men's basketball team.

Despite a sub-.500 record, the Jimmies have played plenty of good basketball this season. No better example of that came at the Civic Center Nov. 30 when they had the No. 1 team in the NAIA — William Penn of Iowa — on the ropes before the 28-1 Statesmen escaped with a three-point win.

The Jimmies (13-17) are hoping to bottle some of that magic this weekend as host of the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, where they need two wins to return to nationals.

"It's right there in front of us," said JC men's coach Justin Wieck. "There's no easy game this time of season and there shouldn't be. Every team is talented, athletic, and like us, hungry to keep playing.

"It's going to be a great weekend of basketball with six very good men's and women's basketball teams coming to town."

To advance, the fifth-seeded Jimmies will have to beat No. 4 seed Ashford, Iowa (19-11) tonight and then knock off ninth-ranked nationally and top overall seed this weekend in Rochester, Mich., (20-3) Saturday night.

"We've had a good week of preparation. I feel really good about the work our guys have put in and I feel like we're ready," Wieck said. "Ashford is really talented, really athletic. Defensively, they make it hard for you, but you wouldn't expect anything less. Everybody is going to be good."

A big key for the Jimmies is getting offensive production outside of junior stars Mark Hoge and Davon Thomas. They've also done well in tournament formats, going 4-0 with titles in Wisconsin November and here in January.

This field is the toughest of the three, but playing at home will help. Wieck is expecting an entertaining tournament, but would enjoy it much more if his team can hang around.

"There's really good teams from all over the country. It's a great opportunity to go to the Civic Center and see some really good basketball," Wieck said. "Obviously, we want to stick around as long as we can and give our fans something to cheer about."


Association of Independent Institutions Men's Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center



Team capsules


No. 1 Rochester (Mich.)

Record: 20-3

Coach: Klint Pleasant (2nd year)

Enrollment: 1,084.

Key players: Dramell Hogan (19 ppg, 7 rpg); Drew Maynard (17 ppg, 7 rpg); Stavros Schizas (12 ppg); Brad Norman (10 ppg).

Season so far: The Warriors score a bunch (76 ppg) and don't give up many (54 ppg). They're ranked No. 9 nationally and are a strong No. 1 seed.


No. 2 Valley City State

Record: 21-7

Coach: Jeff Kaminsky (8th year)

Enrollment: 1,362

Key players: Sekani Milligen (18.5 ppg), Gus Kueber (12 ppg), Aaron Duske (11 ppg); John Raquel (10 ppg); A.J. McDonald (8 ppg).

Season so far: The Vikings have spent the entire season in the NAIA top 25 and are currently 23rd. Milligen is one of the best players in the country. He could carry the Vikings a long way.


No. 3 Dakota State

Record: 19-9

Coach: Gary Garner (4th year)

Enrollment: 3,102

Key players: Tyrone Gordon Jr. (14 ppg, 4 apg); John Lamb (12 ppg); Luke Lamb (12 ppg); Yusuf Vinson (11 ppg, 8 rpg).

Season so far: Dakota State has been in and out of the top 25 this season. The Trojans are certainly capable of getting back to nationals after winning the A.I.I. tournament as host last season.  Dakota State is currently ranked 36th in NAIA Division II.


No. 4 Ashford (Iowa)

Record: 19-11

Coach: Oliver Drake (3rd year)

Enrollment: 968

Key players: DeAndre Lowery (14 ppg, 4.6 apg); Vesteinn Sveinsson (12 ppg, 5 rpg); Brandon Weston (10 ppg).

Season so far: The Saints make it hard to score, allowing only 57 points per game. They're balanced offensively with seven players averaging five points or more. They also take care of the ball with a plus-minus turnover ratio of 363-487.


No. 5 Jamestown College

Record: 13-17

Coach: Justin Wieck (1st year)

Enrollment: 967

Key players: Mark Hoge (17.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg); Davon Thomas (15 ppg, 7 rpg); Breshion Tucker (8 ppg, 4 apg); Taylor Newton (8 ppg).

Season so far: The Jimmies are a dangerous No. 5 seed. A big key will be getting points from someone other than Hoge and Thomas. Tucker had a career-best 24 points in a win over Mayville State, while Taylor Newton had 16. They'll need more of that tonight to advance.


No. 6 Northern New Mexico

Record: 10-17

Coach: Ryan Cordova (3rd year)

Enrollment: 3,873

Key players: Brandon Jones (12 ppg); Matthew Brito (9.5 ppg); Gabriel Martinez (9 ppg).

Season so far: Don't be fooled by the Eagles' record. They beat the Jimmies, swept Mayville State, split with South Dakota Mines and played Valley City State tough once. They have extreme offensive balance with 11 players averaging five points or more.

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A dominant second half brought Dakota State within one win of returning to nationals.

Down 35-25 at halftime, the Trojans dropped a 57-point second half on Northern New Mexico to move into today's semifinals with an 82-67 win.

Dakota State meets 23rd-ranked Valley City State (21-7) today at 5:30 p.m. The Vikings won both meetings during the regular season by a combined 15 points.

Dakota State made 16 of its 30 second-half shots and 19 of 24 free throws.

Luke Lamb led all scorers with 21 points for the 20-9 Trojans. Yusuf Vinson added 15 points. Both Vinson and Lamb grabbed seven rebounds. Marcus Smith and Tyrone Gordon Jr. contributed 12 each and Cameron Krump had 10 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.

Brandon Jones led Northern New Mexico (10-18) with 18 points. Illya Glover added 17.

Article courtesy of Jamestown Sun Staff, 2/23/13

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