ABERDEEN, S.D. – Daniel Jansen recorded his second straight double-double finishing with a season-high 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead Augustana to a 72-62 road victory over Northern State on Saturday night.
Augustana (17-5, 13-5 NSIC) has now won nine straight games over Northern State (17-8, 12-6 NSIC), including five straight games in Aberdeen.
Cameron McCaffrey finished the night with a team-high 25 points, 15 of which he scored in the second half. Freshman post Zach Huisken added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Vikings on 3 of 4 shooting, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range. Huisken also hit 5 of 10 free throws in the contest.
Northern State had three players reach double-figures, led by Collin Pryor's 18 points. Geoffrey Firmin added 15 points while Dustin Tetzlaff pitched in with 14 points and nine boards.
Augustana opened the scoring in the game on a 3-pointer by McCaffrey and it never trailed on the night. The Vikings went on to take an eight-point lead at 13-5 in the first seven minutes of the half after a jumper by Leif Nomeland.
Northern State went on a 10-4 run over the next three and a half minutes of the first half to cut the Vikings' lead to two at 17-15.
Augustana answered with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take an 11-point lead at 28-17 with 5:35 to play in the first half. Northern State would cut that lead to just three over the final minutes of the first half and the Vikings led a 35-30 lead at the half.
Augustana shot 50 percent (13 of 26) from the field in the half, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Jansen led the Vikings in the half with 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including a 3-pointer and 4 of 8 shooting from the free throw line.
Northern State shot just 32 percent (10 of 31) from the field, including just 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Pryor and Firmin each finished the half with eight points.
NSU cut Augustana's lead to two at 36-34 with 18:37 to play in the half before the Vikings were able to push the lead up to nine at 48-39 over the next six minutes after a 3-pointer by McCaffrey.
Augustana led by 11 points (52-41) with 9:45 to play in the game and Northern State was able to cut the deficit to two at 56-54 with 5:20 left.
The two teams would trade baskets over the next two minutes before Yuriy Malasheko drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:11 left in the game to put the Vikings up by five at 63-58.
The Vikings would close-out the final minutes of the game by hitting two field goals and five free throws to seal the 72-62 win.
Augustana stays on the road next weekend taking on the University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State.
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Augustana used two second half runs giving them a lead they would not relinquish as they held on to defeat Northern State 66-57 on Saturday evening. The Vikings improve their overall record to 17-5 and now hold a 13-5 record in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Wolves fall to 14-8 overall, 10-8 in the NSIC.
Augustana used runs of 10-2 and 12-1 to battle back from a first half come deficit away victorious on the road for their sixth road win of the year. Shaunteva Ashley stuffed the stat sheet by racking up 11 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, all with no turnovers.
Alex Feeney score a team-high 13 points for the Vikings and Alison Kusler hit five three-pointers and eight free throws to score a game-high 27 points for the Wolves.
To open the first half, Emily Schulte hit a pair of two-point buckets to give Augustana a brief four-point lead, 6-2. The Wolves responded with a 12-2 run to take a six-point lead, behind two three-pointers.
The Vikings clawed back within two points after Riley Nordgaard and Andrea Whitney connected on consecutive possessions. Northern State answered with a three-point play by Sadie Stotesbery and owned a 19-14 lead with 9:00 remaining in the first half.
Emily Schulte hit a three and Whitney hit a jump shot to tie the game at 19-19. Augustana took their first lead since the opening minutes after Faith TInlklenberg hit a pair of free throws capping a 7-0 run by Augustana.
The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half and Cami Koehn's three-point jump shot cut the Northern State lead to 31-30 entering halftime.
The Vikings opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 40-33 lead.
Alex Feeney hit a pair of jumpers supplemented by Ashley and Lydia Nelson's three-pointers in the first 4:11 of the first half.
NSU fought back with two three-point field goals from Kusler and trimmed the lead to three points. The Vikings then went on a 12-1 run to give them a cushion they needed to close the game out.
Feeney and Koehn connected on three-pointers to pair with Ashley and Whitney's jumpers to highlight the Vikings' scoring spurt and give them a 54-40 lead. The Wolves never got closer than nine points until Kusler hit a three with 1:18 remaining to cut the lead to seven at 62-57.
Schulte and Ashley hit all four of their combined free throw attempts and Schulte pulled down the final Northern State miss to seal the game, 66-57.
Whitney finished with 12 points on an efficient 6 for 9 shooting night.
The Viking stay on the road with games against Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State beginning with the Cougars on Feb. 16.