SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana (16-4, 12-4 NSIC) used a balanced attack and a strong second half to rout St. Cloud State (16-4, 12-4 NSIC) 89-74, for its sixth straight win, on Saturday night in Sioux Falls. Cameron McCaffrey finished with a game-high 24 points and moved up to fifth on the all-time scoring list at Augustana.
McCaffrey has now scored 1,710 career points and moved past Jason Garrow who scored 1,704 in 113 games from 1988-92.
The Vikings dominated the Huskies in the paint winning the rebound battle 42-15 and scoring 44 of its 89 points in the paint. Augustana grabbed 14 offensive boards to just one for the Huskies. Joe Burt and Daniel Jansen each finished with eight rebounds while Zach Huisken hauled in six.
Jansen added 19 points for Augustana while Burt finished with a season-high 15. Jansen handed out a season-high six assists in the contests while McCaffrey added seven.
Damarius Cruz led the Huskies with 18 points on the night, all of which he scored in the first half. Cruz was 6 of 10 from 3-point range in the game.
Theo Rothstein finished with 15 points while Shaun Jensen added 13 on 6 of 11 shooting.
The Vikings finished the game shooting a season-high 57 percent (34-60) from the field, including nine 3-pointers in the game.
After shooting 50 percent from 3-point range in the first half, SCSU was just 2 of 10 from 3-point range and finished the game 49 percent (29 of 59) from the field.
Augustana and St. Cloud State traded baskets early with both teams knocking down three shots from 3-point range in the first 10 minutes of the half. SCSU's Cruz hit the Huskies third 3-pointer of the half to put the Huskies up 19-16.
Cruz finished the half with 18 points knocking down 6 of 8 3-pointers.
SCSU was able to build its lead up to nine twice over the next six minutes before McCaffrey came off the bench to bring the Vikings in front 39-38 with 1:06 to go in the half.
After Alex Richter stripped Rothstein McCaffrey scored seven straight baskets in the middle of a 10-0 run for the Vikings on a pull-up 3-pointer from the right wing cutting SCSU's lead to 38-33. The Huskies took a quick shot on the next possession and McCaffrey ran the floor for a layup to bring the Vikings to within two at 38-35.
The senior then hit two free throws to put the Vikings in front 39-38 with 1:06 to play in the half. Jordan Poydras hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to go and Chris Larson knocked down two free throws to go up by four (43-39) before McCaffrey cut the lead to two with a jumper in the paint with three seconds on the clock.
SCSU held a 43-31 lead at halftime after shooting 55 percent from the field, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Cruz finished the half with 18 points to lead all players.
Augustana shot 51 percent from the field in the first half, including 4 of 12 from 3-point range. Augustana held an 18-9 rebound advantage at the break with Jansen leading the way with four.
Jansen also led the Vikings offensively at the break with 14 points while McCaffrey added 11 to go along with three assists.
Augustana opened the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 51-43 lead before the Huskies made their first basket of the frame on a layup by Rothstein.
The Vikings continued to pull away from the Huskies extending its run to 16-4 over the first six minutes to take its largest lead of the night at 57-47 with 14:01 left.
McCaffrey pushed the lead to 13 nailing his second triple of the game before baskets by Jansen and Huisken pushed it to 17 at 66-49.
Augustana went into cruise control over the next seven minutes of the half building a 22-point lead at 81-59 with 4:36 remaining in the game.
McCaffrey, Burt and Jansen played big in the second half. McCaffrey scored 13 points in the second frame while Burt and Jansen each had 12.
The Vikings went on to defeat St. Cloud State 89-74 for its second straight win over the Huskies.
Augustana will be on the road for the next two weeks, beginning with MSU Moorhead and Northern State next weekend.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana battled through another tough shooting night, but Alex Feeney and Faith Tinklenberg's clutch play carried the Vikings to a 60-57 victory over St. Cloud State. Augustana improves to 16-4 on the season, 12-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, which ties them for second. The Huskies drop their second game of the road trip to fall to 14-6 overall, 10-6 in the NSIC.
Feeney hit a jump shot just before the buzzer sounded on the shot clock and gave Augustana a 52-50 lead they would not relinquish. Tinklenberg followed with a layup and Emily Schulte hit two free throws to give the Vikings a six-point cushion.
The Huskies clawed back behind Lexy Petermann's jumper and three-pointer, but Feeney kept the Vikings' lead intact with another jumper. Jessica Benson made it a one-point game, 58-57, but Tinklenberg iced the game with a pair of free throws after being fouled on her way to the basket.
The Viking defense caused St. Cloud State to take a timeout with 6.8 seconds remaining in the game. Sam Price, who already had 16 points in the game launched a three-pointer, but Schulte corralled the miss and the Vikings walked away victorious.
Feeney ended with a game-high 18 points but finished the night just 8-20 from the field, including 0-5 from three. She did hit three of her last four to carry the Vikings in their stretch run. Augustana did shoot just 32.8 percent on the night.
To begin the game, neither team held a lead larger than three points in the first half, and the score was tied four times before the media time out.
Feeney scored Augustana's first four points on a pair of jumpers but St. Cloud State was with the Vikings every step of the way. The Huskies gained a lead with six points in the paint.
Cami Koehn's three that seemed to hang on the rim for an eternity tied the game at 11-11. Each team traded baskets after Rachel Moen's free throws then Augustana reeled off six straight points to hold the first lead larger than three points, 22-18.
The rest of the half swung in favor of the Huskie as they used a 15-4 run to create their own gap and held a 33-26 lead with three seconds remaining in the half. A missed SCSU shot gave the Vikings one shot and Shaunteva Ashley was fouled shooting from half court and hit two of the three free throws to cut the halftime deficit to 33-28 in favor of St. Cloud State.
Augustana shot just 30.6 percent from the field and connected on just three of their 14 three-point attempts (21.4 percent). Feeney notched 10 points by halftime, but took 11 shots. The Huskies shot 40 percent from the field and hit three of their seven three-point attempts.
To open the half, the Vikings came away with two misses while St. Cloud State capitalized with two buckets of their own and led 37-28. Sam Price hit two free throws after Tinklenberg and Ashley hit layups. Augustana then ripped off seven straight points capped off by an Emily Schulte three-pointer off an offensive rebound and the score was tied 39-39.
Sam Price gave the Huskies a lead with her three-point field goal from the corner and a pair of SCSU free throws created a five point lead for St. Cloud State. Tinklenberg cut the game to three and Schulte tied it up with a three. Tinklenberg then gave the Vikings a brief lead with a hard fought second chance offensive rebound and layup.
St. Cloud quickly answered on their end of the floor before Feeney and Petermann each hit jumpers to tie the score 50-50 with 5:11 remaining in the game.
The Vikings now kick off a four-game road swing beginning at Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State on Feb. 8-9.