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MBK: No. 2 Augustana Runs Away From SCSTU

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No. 2 Augustana University men’s basketball extended its win streak to 14 games with a 102-63 win over St. Cloud State (7-10, 4-7 NSIC) on Friday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Vikings (14-1, 11-0 NSIC) scored 60 points in the second half on their way to their 23rd straight home victory.

Daniel Jansen matched his season-high with 28 points giving him 1,834 for his career which puts him all alone in third all-time in scoring at Augustana. Jansen passed Carl Gonder who scored 1,830 career points from 1980-84. Jansen is now 130 points shy of the all-time record at Augustana.

Jansen finished the night 10 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Casey Schilling finished the night with 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Jordan Spencer threatened a triple-double against the Huskies finishing with five points and eight rebounds while matching his career-high with 11 assists. Spencer has dished out 10 or more assists now five times in his career, including three times this season. Spencer also pitched in with three steals on the defensive end.

Adam Beyer also nearly picked up a triple-double finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Beyer finished the night 4 of 7 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range.

Augustana dominated SCSU in the paint out-scoring the Huskies 46-22 down low while grabbing a season-high 53 rebounds. Augustana out-rebounded SCSU 53-32 on the night.

The Vikings finished the night shooting 52 percent (37 of 71) from the field hitting 12 of 27 3-pointers on the night. SCSU was 21 of 64 (32.8 percent) from the field, hitting just 7 of 25 3-pointers. Eddie Alcantara led the Huskies with 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting.

The Vikings got off to a slow start falling behind 12-4 to the Huskies through the first five-plus minutes play before going on a tear to end the half building a 22-point lead heading into the break.

SCSU grew the four-point lead when Chuckie Smith knocked down a transition 3-pointer but the Vikings took the ball into the paint on an 8-0 run to tie the game and eventually take the lead after a layup by Jansen. Augustana went on to out-score the Huskies 34-8 over the final 13:39 of the half to build the large halftime lead.

The Vikings led 42-20 at the break after shooting 46.7 percent (14 of 30) from the field, including 4 of 11 from 3-point range. Augustana dominated the Huskies on the glass, out-rebounding SCSU 27-14.

Schilling led all players with 13 first-half points to go with four rebounds. Jansen added 10 points and four rebounds.

SCSU was just 8 of 31 (25.8 percent) from the field in the first half while hitting 2 of 12 3-pointers.

The Vikings came out of the locker room hot building a 28-point lead with an 11-5 run in the first two minutes of the half to build a 53-25 lead. The Huskies would not go away quietly, turning to the transition game to spark a 13-3 run over the next 1:56 to cut Augustana’s lead to 18 at 56-38 after a transition 3-pointer by Eddie Alcantara.

The Vikings fired back by scoring 11 of the game’s next 14 points to push the lead up to 26 when Tanner Odegaard drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner giving Augustana a 67-41 lead off the drive and dish from Spencer.

Augustana continued to pour it on, extending the run to 31-13 to build a 36-point lead at 87-51 with 6:35 to play. The Vikings led by as much as 40 thanks to an 8-0 run in which Matthew Brazendale scored six points during the stretch to help the Vikings build a 97-57 lead.

Augustana reached 100 points for the fourth time of the season in the win finishing with 102 on the night.

The Vikings will return to action Saturday night hosting Minnesota Duluth at 6 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena.

Tim Evans
Director of Athletic Communications
 

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