A dominating performance by Daniel Jansen was not enough on Friday night as Upper Iowa knocked off Augustana 104-100 in overtime in a wild and crazy Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchup. The Vikings’ loss dropped them to 14-13 (11-10 NSIC). The Peacocks improved to 14-13 (12-9 NSIC) on the year.
Jansen scored a career-high 37 points in the heartbreaking loss. The Orange City, Iowa native also pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double on the year. Jansen scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half and overtime. The big man finished up at the line going 13 for 18, the 13 made free throws setting a new career high.
Casey Schilling chipped in with 18 points on 7 of 12 (58.3 percent) shooting. Schilling also grabbed nine rebounds and nailed three 3-pointers for Augustana.
Yuriy Malashenko got his fourth double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
Adam Beyer contributed with 14 points, tying his season high.
Upper Iowa was led by the trio of 20-point scorers in Joey Woods (25), Josh Weeber (22), and Grant Long (20).
The Peacocks’ 14-pointers turned out to be the difference in the game, giving them a +24 advantage from beyond the arc.
Long got it rolling early for the Peacocks, scoring the first seven points for Upper Iowa as they took a 9-6 lead into the first media timeout.
UIU continued its strong start shooting the ball, connecting on 6 of its first 11 shots (54.5 percent) on its way to a 15-10 lead after Pagel layup at the 13:33 mark.
Jansen netted his sixth point early on a great entry pass from Yuriy Malashenko at the 10:17 mark in the first half, cutting the Peacock lead to four at 22-18.
The Vikings were able to get the Peacocks into foul trouble early, getting into the bonus midway through the half. Augustana got to the foul line 18 times, making 14 in the first 20 minutes.
The Vikings’ offense was primarily made up of Jansen, Schilling, and Beyer in the first half. Jansen had 10 points on 2 of 4 shooting and a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line. Schillng and Beyer each recorded nine points.
Augustana got its big lead of five in the first half after a Schilling made a circus shot while attacking the rim and converted the free throw to give the Vikings a 43-38 lead with 1:28 left.The high-scoring first half yielded seven lead changes with Upper Iowa taking a 44-43 halftime lead after a 6-0 run to close out the half. No team was able to build more than a six-point lead in the first 20 minutes.
Woods led all scorers in the first half with 11 points for UIU.
Augustana came out fast in the second half, using a quick 7-0 run in under two minutes to take a 50-44 lead.
The Peacocks answered with an 11-1 run of their own to take a 55-51 lead heading into the under-15 media timeout. The Vikings, who shot 48.1 percent in the first half, went cold after the 7-0 early run, just making 2 of their first 10 shots to start the second half.
A 9-0 Augustana run gave the Vikings a three-point lead at 72-69 with 6:05 remaining after a Schilling in transition, giving the sophomore 16 points on the evening.
Augustana found its shooting touch with about nine minutes remaining, shaking off a 6 for 22 start (27.3 percent) from the field to make 6 of its next 9.
The real action started after Jansen and Woods engaged in a scoring showdown for the final 7:30 of regulation, with Jansen scoring nine of his 19 second-half points and Woods getting 12 of his 13 during the stretch. Each did it with a plethora of moves that was something else to watch.
Both teams continued to trade leads late, with the Peacocks getting the last possession with 14 seconds remaining. Upper Iowa missed its long three, sending the game into OT tied at 84 all.
In overtime, Jansen continued his dominance inside the paint scoring eight points in the extra time, upping his career high to 37 points on the night.
Despite the dominance by the big man in the paint, the Peacocks refused to let this one go, with three huge consecutive 3-pointers to take a 101-98 lead with just 40 seconds remaining.
The Vikings got to within one after Jansen’s layup made it 101-100 in favor of Upper Iowa. The Peacocks came down and were able to secure the rebound after a Schilling got a steal and Guske missed a jumper with 20 seconds remaining that would have given Augustana the lead.
The Vikings were forced to foul after that to try and extend the game after that but Upper Iowa hit its free throws late and were able to hold on to the victory, winning 104-100.
Jansen gave a preview to every team going forward with his 37-point effort tonight that Augustana will be a force in the NSIC tourney when trying to deal with the big man in the middle.
Courtesy: Tim Evans, Sports Information Director, Augustana College