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MBK: Wolves Drop The Vikings

February 15, 2014, 10:57 PM


Northern State hit 16 3-pointers while holding on to defeat Augustana 85-78 in front of 3,717 fans at the Elmen Center on Saturday night. The win marked the first for Northern State (16-10, 11-9 NSIC) over Augustana (14-12, 11-9 NSIC) since March 16, 2008 and the first at the Elmen Center since Dec. 15, 2007.

The 16 3-pointers by Northern State marks the most allowed by Augustana since Nebraska-Kearney hit 16 on Nov. 29, 2006.

Augustana and Northern State traded points over the final four-plus minutes of the game with neither team taking a lead larger than three until Skye Warwick hit a desperation three as the shot clock was about to expire before hitting another in front of his bench to give the Wolves a 79-73 lead with 1:12 to play.

The Vikings answered Warwick's second 3-pointer as Jansen converted a 3-point-play getting the basket and the foul to cut Northern State's lead to 79-76 with one minute left in the game. Tydan Storrusten hit two free throws to give Northern State an 81-76 lead with 31 seconds left and Casey Schilling was able to cut the lead to three with a layup quickly into the Vikings' next possession.

Augustana was not able to cut it any closer as Storrusten hit four free throws in the final 24 seconds of the game and the Vikings and the Vikings missed their line shot attempt in the waning seconds.

Daniel Jansen finished with a game-high 23 points for Augustana while Casey Schilling added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Wawick led Northern State with 21 points, finishing 7 of 10 from 3-point range.

Northern State finished the game shooting 54 percent from the field hitting 16 of 30 from 3-point range. Augustana shot 52 percent (25 of 48) from the field, marking the Vikings' first loss when shooting better than 50 percent in a game this season. 

Augustana started the game very similar to Friday night's game, knocking down three straight 3-pointers to grab an early 9-7 lead. Northern State went on to score nine of the game's next 11 points to take a 16-11 lead at the first media timeout of the night with 14:25 to play in the half.

Evan Pierce came off the bench to score five quick points, hitting a fade-away jumper from the right wing and another fade from 3-point range to tie the game at 16-16. The Wolves then went on a 10-1 run over the next 3:19 to take a nine-point 26-17 lead.

Northern State continued to shoot lights out in the first half going on a 20-8 run over a six-plus minute stretch to build a 19-point lead at 46-27 just before the half.

The Vikings cut the lead to 12 by scoring seven straight points, including five from Austin Saugstad off the bench, to bring the score to 46-34 at halftime.

Northern State finished the half shooting 60 percent from the field knocking down nine first-half 3-pointers. Warwick led the Wolves in the first half with 12 points hitting 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Jared Hannigan added nine points for Northern State hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Schilling led the Vikings in the first half with 11 points hitting 2 of 3 from 3-point range while Jansen added nine points also hitting two 3-pointers.  Augustana shot 44 percent (11 of 25) from the field in the first half, hitting 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

Augustana opened up the second half on a tear going on a 14-0 run over the first 3:37 to take a 48-46 lead, its first since the 2:30 mark of the first half. Jansen scored nine straight points for the Vikings during the run, including a 3-pointer in transition that brought his team within two. Jansen tied it by hitting two free throws and Schilling gave Augustana the lead with a layup with 16:15 remaining in the game.

Northern State regained the lead on a Darin Peterka bucket but Matthew Brazendale answered with a three to give Augustana a 53-51 lead. The Wolves continued to stay hot from 3-point range as Peterka and Tanner Heiser drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to gain a 57-53 lead.

The Wolves pushed their lead up to six with 7:54 to play but the Vikings would not let it get any further as they tied it up after two free throws from Yuriy Malashenko and eventually took the lead on a 3-pointer from the right wing by Ben Shellim. Augustana held a 65-64 lead with 4:40 left at the final media timeout of the night.

Augustana was able to grab two more one-point leads before Warwick hit the back-to-back 3-pointers to start NSU's run to end the game.

Game notes
Northern State's 16 3-pointers marked the most by an Augustana opponent since Nebraska-Kearney hit 16 on Nov. 29, 2006.
The win marked Northern State's first over Augustana since March 16, 2008 and its first at the Elmen Center since Dec. 15, 2007.
Tonight marked the first time this season Augustana lost when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
Tonight marked the fifth time this season Augustana has shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Augustana had just six turnovers tonight, marking the 11th time this season with 10 or less.
Augustana trailed by 19 with 2:20 to play in the first half but went on a 21-0 run over the final two minutes of the first half and first 3:37 of the second half to take its first lead since 2:30 into the game.
Jansen recorded the 12th 20-point game of his career, 10th this season.

Up next
Augustana will close-out the 2013-14 regular season on the road next weekend when it travels to Upper Iowa and Winona State. The Vikings open the weekend at Upper Iowa on Friday night at 8 p.m. before ending the regular season with Winona State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Courtesy: Tim Evans, Sports Information Director, Augustana College

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