Freshman Matthew Brazendale scored a game-high 21 points and the Augustana men's basketball team held a three-point halftime lead but fell 88-70 to Iowa State on Sunday night in Ames, Iowa. The Vikings led by as much as nine points in the first half and held a 39-36 halftime lead before the Cyclones caught fire in the second half.
Iowa State was 0 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, but hit six in the second while shooting 52 percent from the field to pull away from the Vikings.
The Cyclones finished the game shooting 47 percent (34 of 70) from the field and connected of 14 of 23 shots from the free throw line.
The Vikings started out the first half by hitting 5 of its first 6 field goals and finished the game shooting 40 percent (26 of 65) from the field. Augustana was 4 of 27 (15 percent) from 3-point range but hit 14 of 18 (78 percent) from the free throw line.
Augustana had three players in double-figures, led by Brazendale's 21 points. The freshman point guard started off the first half hot scoring 17 of his 21 points and finished the game 9 of 20 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range.
Casey Schilling finished with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line while leading the team with seven rebounds. Schilling also added four assists for the Vikings.
Daniel Jansen added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for Augustana while freshman Devin Gilligan posted nine points and six rebounds.
Iowa State had four players in double-figures, led by DeAndre Kane who recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Thomas picked up 16 points and four assists, going 5 of 8 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
Augustana jumped all over the Cyclones in the first four minutes building an 11-2 lead. Iowa State made an early basket before Augustana reeled off 11 straight points thanks to two early 3-pointers by Brazendale and a converted 3-point-play by Schilling.
The Vikings started off hot hitting 5 of their first 6 shots before missing eight straight from the field allowing Iowa State to come within two points at 13-10 with 12:50 to play in the half.
Iowa State got within three at 15-12 but Brazendale drilled his third 3-pointer of the first half to push Augustana's lead to 18-13.
Ben Shellim came off the bench for Augustana in the first half and fired off seven points in seven minutes of play while Brazendale continued to stay hot as the Vikings went on to take a 33-28 lead with 3:45 to play in the first half.
With the half winding down and a one-second differential from the play clock and shot clock, Schilling threw up a 3-point attempt that fell short allowing the Cyclones' Monte Morris to hit a running jumper as time expired to cut Augustana's lead to 39-36 at the half.
The Vikings finished the half shooting 41 percent (16 of 39) from the field, including 4 of 18 from 3-point range. Augustana also hit all three of its free throw attempts in the half.
Iowa State shot 45 percent (13 of 29) from the field, but was 0 of 8 from 3-point range. The Cyclones held a slight edge in rebounds at the break, picking up 22 boards to 19 for the Vikings.
Augustana forced Iowa State into nine first-half turnovers, picking up three steals. Brazendale was lights-out in the half going 7 of 15 from the field, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range for 17 points. Schilling and Shellim each added seven points in the half as well.
Kane led the Cyclones with 11 points in the first half, going 3 of 5 from the field but hitting 5 of 6 shots from the free throw line. Iowa State hit 10 of 13 shots from the free throw line in the half.
Iowa State opened the second half on a 12-1 run over the first three minutes to take its first lead since the opening minute of the game at 48-40.
Augustana got within four points at 53-48 on a jumper by Jansen but the Cyclones reeled-off 21 straight points to go in front 74-48 with 8:55 remaining in the game.
The Vikings were able to stop the run when Schilling scored five straight points hitting two baskets and a free throw to cut ISU's lead to 74-53 with 8:18 to go in the game.
Iowa State would pull away for a 90-68 win in front of 13,326 fans at the Hilton Coliseum on Sunday night.
Augustana will not turn its attention to the regular season as the Vikings will participate in the Sanford Pentagon Basketball Showcase next Saturday and Sunday.
The Vikings open regular season play with Missouri Western State at 6 p.m. on Saturday night before taking on Central Missouri at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Both games will be played at the Sanford Petangon in Sioux Falls. Tickets for both games can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com.
Courtesy: Tim Evans, Sports Information Director, Augustana College