SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Augustana had five players reach double-digits, led by Cameron McCaffrey who scored 23, in an 89-71 win over Black Hills State University on Wednesday night in Sioux Falls. Augustana improves to 2-0 on the season while Black Hills State falls to 0-2.
Behind McCaffrey's 23 points, freshman Joe Burt finished with 14, knocking down four 3-pointers in the contest. Burt also grabbed a season-high eight rebounds for the Vikings. McCaffrey has scored 20 or more points in a game 20 times in his career.
Daniel Jansen finished with 12 points and six rebounds, Leif Nomeland picked up 11 points and seven boards, and Alex Richter finished with 10 points for Augustana.
The Vikings finished the game shooting 50 percent (27 of 54) from the field, including 9 of 19 from 3-point range. Augustana shot poorly from the free throw line as a team connecting on just 47 percent (9 of 19) of its shots from the charity stripe.
Black Hills State was led offensively by Joey Mitchell and Austin Maag who both scored 17 points. The Yellow Jackets were lights out from 3-point range hitting 10 shots from beyond the arc. Mitchell was 5 of 6 from 3-point range individually.
Augustana and Black Hills State traded points early in the first half with both teams trying to find their rhythm. Jamall Taylor gave Augustana a good jump early hitting a long 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Vikings a 6-5 lead.
Black Hills State used the deep ball to stay in the game. Joey Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with 11:29 left in the half that gave the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 lead, its largest of the half.
Augustana responded with a 6-0 run to take a 20-17 lead with 9:43 to play in the half.
The first half saw four tie scores and 16 lead changes before Augustana was able to take the lead for good with 3:46 left in the half on a 3-pointer by Joe Burt. Burt finished the half with eight points, drilling two 3-pointers.
McCaffrey and Jansen sparked the Vikings to its seven-point halftime lead as both players finished the half with 11 points. McCaffrey was 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the first half for Augustana.
The Vikings took the ball down low to eat away at the Yellow Jackets scoring 22 of its 42 first half points in the paint. Augustana shot 48 percent from the field while Black Hills State was 14 of 30 (46 percent), including 6 of 14 from 3-point range, which kept the Yellow Jackets in the game.
Augustana controlled the boards in the first half grabbing 24 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Jansen grabbed three offensive rebounds in the first half for the Vikings.
Augustana came out strong in the second half building up a 10 point lead in the first seven minutes.
After a 3-pointer by BHSU's Mitchell, Augustana went on a 13-0 run to take a 21-point lead. The run was aided by back-to-back 3-pointers by Burt and Yuriy Malashenko.
While Augustana shot poorly as a team from the free throw line, McCaffrey was lights out finishing the game 11 of 12 from the charity stripe.
Augustana continues non-conference play on Friday, Nov. 17, night hosting South Dakota School of Mines at 7 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eleven Vikings scored as they downed Dakota Wesleyan 95-49 on Wednesday night. The Vikings move to 2-0 in the young 2012-13 season and the Tigers remain 4-0 with this game serving as an exhibition for DWU.
Riley Nordgaard notched her first career double-double by scoring 12 points and ripping down 11 rebounds. Alex Feeney led the Vikings with 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half.
Faith Tinklenberg dropped 11 points and Cami Koehn knocked down 10 to go with a game-high six assists. The Vikings racked up 15 steals as a team and forced 29 DWU turnovers. The Vikings grabbed 21 offensive rebounds resulting in 27 second chance points.
The Augustana bench outscored Dakota Wesleyan's entire team 51-49, and the Viking reserves shot 52.7 percent (19-36).
In the first half, Augustana gradually built a solid lead over the Tigers, reaching double digits just eight minutes into the game. Feeney's early nine points took the Vikings into the media timeout with an 11-point lead.
Sure-shooting Nordgaard snatched five rebounds and chipped in with five points on 2-2 shooting off the bench. Emily Schulte closed out the first half with a three-point play off an offensive rebound to give her seven points and put the Vikings up 23 points entering intermission.
Augustana turned 13 Dakota Wesleyan turnovers into 18 points and the Vikings assisted on 14 of their 18 field goals in the first stanza, including five by Koehn.
The Tigers' bench provided much of their scoring with Celeste Beck leading all non-starters in the first half with nine points. Only three DWU players were able to score the first half racking up just three assists.
To open the second half, Augustana held the Tigers scoreless for 3:32 before a Kim Johnson layup broke the drought. Andrea Whitney's putback gave the Vikings a 30-point lead less than four minutes into the second half.
A balanced second-half attack by the Vikings stretched their lead to 40, with just over three minutes to play and the Vikings coasted to their 95-49 victory. Second chance opportunities produced 22 points in the second half fueling the blowout.
Schulte finished the game with nine points, as did freshman Nicole Kerkhoff. In her first action at Augustana, Chandler Nielsen netted eight points.
For Dakota Wesleyan, Beck finished with a game-high 22 points and Johnson added 19 to go with nine rebounds.
The Vikings are off until they travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to take part in the Oahu Classic beginning on Nov. 22.