Magi hold on for 73-66 win over Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — A much improved Jamestown team (3-5, 1-4 WDA) pushed the No. 5-ranked Minot High School boys basketball team (6-1, 4-1 WDA) to the limit Tuesday evening in Jamestown. The Magicians had to overcome a tight second half to edge out a 73-66 victory.

“We had to battle,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said. “We were down in the second half and we found a way to make some plays. We had a variety of guys step up late and hit some shots.”

With senior sharpshooter Peyton Lamoureux sidelined with a knee injury, Minot still had four players finish in double figures: Lofton Klabunde 19, Alex Schimke 15, Devin Mikell 12 and Chandler Albertson 12.

“(Peyton) has a little knee thing that is hopefully not too terribly serious,” Winczewski said. “I just said it would be a good idea to rest it tonight.”

Minot held a 35-32 lead at halftime and couldn’t put away the Blue Jays until late.

“We are very fortunate to get out of here with a win,” Winczewski said. “We were up five in the last three minutes. We just kind of grounded some possessions and got a few stops. Just did enough to get away with it. It was a close game throughout.”

Jamestown also had four players in double-digits: Mason Walters 14, Boden Skunberg 13, Dawson Douty 12 and John Horgan 10.

Minot returns home to face Bismarck High at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Rudolph earns fourth NSIC North POTW award

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Minot State senior Tyler Rudolph has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Player of the Week the league office announced on Tuesday.

Rudolph, who earned the award for the fourth time this season, led the Beavers to victories over St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth by averaging 29.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

He scored 27 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out two assists as the Beavers rallied to defeat St. Cloud State 82-80 on Saturday, and then poured in 32 points and collected nine rebounds as Minot State defeated Minnesota Duluth 80-71 on Sunday.

He also shot 59.4 (19-32) percent from the floor, 71.4 (5-7) and 80.0 (16-20) percent from the free throw line in the two victories.

Rudolph topped 30 points in a game for the fourth time this year with his 32-point effort against Minnesota Duluth and extended his string of double-figure scoring games to 34 straight.

Minot State, which is 13-1 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC, will take its six-game winning streak to Minnesota Moorhead and Northern State this weekend. The Beavers will face Minnesota Moorhead on Friday (Jan. 5) and Northern State on Saturday (Jan. 6) in conference play.

— Minot State athletics

Minot native

Askvig named NSIC North POTW

BURNSVILLE, MN — A dominant weekend on the glass and in the scoring column earned University of Mary sophomore Cassie Askvig Northern Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors.

A first-time recipient of the NSIC honor, Askvig averaged 20.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 rebounds as the Marauders split a pair of home Northern Sun games over the weekend. She hit a combined 15-of-28 shots from the floor and finished 9-of-12 at the line.

The Minot, ND, native equaled her career-high with 25 points against Minnesota Duluth and tied the Marauders NCAA record -era for rebounds with 18. She also had a career-best five blocks, distributed two assists and was 9-of-15 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line in a 65-51 victory over the Bulldogs.

Askvig wrapped up the weekend with her fourth double double of the season, pairing 16 points and 12 rebounds against St. Cloud State University. She also had three blocks and two assists against the Huskies.

Among the Northern Sun leaders in several categories, Askvig is ninth in the league in scoring (14.0 ppg), third in rebounds (9.7 rpg), ninth in blocks (1.5 bpg) and 12th in 3-pointers per game (1.5).

Askvig is the first Marauders NSIC Player of the Week since teammate Gabbie Bohl won the honor on February 5, 2017.

— UMary athletics