SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Alex Richter hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2.9 seconds left in overtime to lift Augustana to an 81-78 win over No. 18 Winona State on Saturday night. The Vikings, ranked third in the NCAA Central Region, finish the regular season 19-7 overall and 15-7 in the NSIC.
The 15-7 conference record gives the Vikings a third-place finish in the final NSIC standings while Winona State finishes 23-6 on the season and 17-5 in the NSIC, which is good for a second-place finish.
Cameron McCaffrey finished the game with 20 points, moving up to second on Augustana's all-time scoring list having scored 1,846 career points. McCaffrey is just 22 points shy of tying Augustana's all-time leading scorer and former teammate Cody Schilling.
McCaffrey added a career-high 10 assists for his first career double-double. Daniel Jansen finished with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Vikings, while Richter finished with 14 points, hitting 4 of 5 shots from 3-point range.
The overtime session is the second of the season and 41st all-time for the Vikings. Augustana improves to 2-0 in overtime games this year, as the Vikings defeated Minnesota State 82-79 on Jan. 26 in Mankato earlier this season. Augustana is now 23-18 all-time in overtime.
Also with the win, Augustana improves to 6-1 all-time against Winona State at the Elmen Center. The last time Winona State won in the Elmen Center was on Dec. 29, 2004, a 75-56 win.
Clayton Vette led the Warriors with 23 points after scoring just seven points in the first half while Grant Johnson led the Warriors with a double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds.
In overtime, neither team scored early until WSU's Johnson hit a pair of free throws a minute and a half in to put the Warriors in front 75-73. McCaffrey then hit two free throws himself to tie the score at 75 before Johnson gave Winona State a 78-75 lead after a 3-pointer by Johnson.
With 57 seconds left in the overtime period, Richter hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game. Vette missed a 3-pointer on WSU's next possession and the Vikings ended up with the ball with 12.1 seconds on the clock.
McCaffrey found Richter in the right corner for his 10th assist of the game and Richter nailed the game-winning shot with 2.9 seconds left. The Warriors sent a final heave off the back of the rim and the Vikings took the victory.
Augustana finished the game shooting 46 percent (31 of 67) from the field, including 8 of 23 from 3-point range. Winona State was 26 of 57 (46 percent) from the field and hit 11 of 25 3-pointers.
The Vikings won the battle on the glass finishing with 38 points in the paint and out-rebounding the Warriors 39-34.
The Vikings started off the game quickly taking a 4-0 lead less than a minute in. Taylor scored two straight baskets to tie the game for Winona State before Richter put the Vikings in front 9-6 with a 3-pointer with 16:49 to play in the first half.
Taylor knotted the game for the third time of the game with a 3-pointer after Richter's to square things up at 9. The Vikings answered with a 5-1 run to take a 14-10 lead on a basket by Jansen. After a basket by WSU's Johnson, Jansen scored his 10th point of the half as the Vikings led 16-12 with 10:48 to play in the half.
The Vikings were able to build a six-point lead at 25-19 with 4:28 to play in the half after a 3-pointer by Richter. Kellen Taylor answered with a 3-pointer for the Warriors to cut the lead to 25-22 before the Vikings built the lead back to six at 30-24 with 2:27 to play in the half.
Winona State cut the lead to two with 35 seconds left after a 3-pointer by Jordan Fischer before Jansen drilled a triple as time expired to give the Vikings a 35-30 lead at halftime.
Jansen finished the half with 13 points and five rebounds while Alex Richter was 2 of 2 from 3-point range for six points in the half. Augustana out-rebounded Winona State 23-19 in the first half led by Casey Schilling's six boards.
Each team shot 44 percent from the field in the first half. The Vikings finished 15 of 34 from the field, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range while the Warriors were 11 of 25 from the field, knocking down five 3-pointers. Taylor led Winona State with 10 points in the first half going 4 of 4 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range.
Winona State cut Augustana's lead to two with an early 3-pointer by Xavier Humphrey but the Vikings were able to push their lead back up to five in the first five minutes of the second half after Zach Huisken converted a 3-point-play to make the score 45-40.
From there, Winona State went on a 14-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 54-45 lead. During that stretch, Vette and Taylor each scored seven points for the Warriors.
McCaffrey put an end to the run with a basket but the Warriors answered by hitting two 3-pointers on their next two possessions to push their lead to 11 at 60-49 with 10:23 remaining in the game. Augustana responded with a 10-0 run which started with a 3-pointer from Jamall Taylor.
McCaffrey nailed his first 3-pointer of the game to cut the lead to three and on WSU's next possession Schilling picked up a steal at half court and put in a fastbreak bucket to make the score 60-59 with 7:56 to play in the game. McCaffrey twice made it a one-point game and Jansen tied hit at 64 with 5:22 left hitting one of two free throws.
The Warriors went on a 4-0 run to take a 68-64 lead and after the two teams traded baskets McCaffrey made it a one-point game at 70-69 with 2:55 remaining. Grant Johnson hit three free throws in the next minute to give the Warriors a 73-71 lead with 1:56 to play.
Richter hit two free throws with 53 seconds to tie the game at 73 and send it to overtime. Winona State's Xavier Humphrey missed a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and the Vikings had a shot to win it with the ball and 12.1 seconds but McCaffrey missed a 3-pointer and the game would go into overtime.
Next up for the Vikings is the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament. The tournament bracket will be released Saturday night.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 23 Augustana (20-6, 16-6 NSIC) squandered a 10-point lead in the second half and fell to Winona State (19-10, 13-9 NSIC) in overtime, 67-64. Alex Feeney led all scorers with 20 points on the Vikings' senior night.
Faith Tinklenberg had a hot first half with 14 points and finished with 18 points, but led the Vikings with nine rebounds. Marieanna Dulas led the Warriors with 14, hitting four three-pointers.
Augustana's double-digit lead disappeared as the second half waned and the Vikings were tied with the Warriors with 2:01 remaining in the game. Dulas' fourth three-pointer capped the Warrior comeback at 53-53.
The Vikings' ensuing possession featured a pair of chances near the bucket but nothing was able to go in. Emily Schulte fouled Tessa Wells late in the shot clock, sending her to the line where she hit both giving WSU a 55-53 lead.
Shaunteva Ashley found senior Cami Koehn alone in the corner who buried a three for her first points of the game and the Vikings were on top 56-55 with 35.1 seconds remaining. Wells responded once again as she drew a foul on Feeney and went to the free throw line with a chance to take the lead.
Wells' first attempt missed to the right and she converted the next foul shot, tying the game with 12 seconds. Schulte drove to the basket and her layup attempt rolled off the rim, but Ashley grabbed the rebound and found Koehn in the corner whose three fell short, pushing the game into overtime, tied at 56-56.
Faith Tinklenberg opened the extra period with a second chance layup, but the Warriors hit consecutive three-point shots and led 63-58. Feeney hit a face-up 10-foot jump shot and Schulte Drew the Vikings within one point after hitting a pair of free throws.
Abby Bush gave the Warriors another three-point cushion by hitting two foul shots and Feeney answered with a couple free throws of her own to pull the Vikings within one, 65-64. Tinklenberg corralled a missed three-point attempt to give the Vikings 19 seconds for a shot at the lead.
Ashley's jump shot soared long and Katie Wolff grabbed the miss, forcing Augustana to foul to stop the clock. Wolff sank both foul shots and Augustana had 2.9 seconds to erase a three-point deficit. Schulte's 35-foot heave from the right wing narrowly missed and the Vikings were saddled with a 67-64 loss.
The loss gives Augustana an all-time record of 13-11 in overtime games, but the Vikings secured third place in the south division of the NSCI standings.
Tinklenberg carried the Vikings in the first half, scoring 14 points in the opening period. The senior guard tallied eight points in the first 6:13 to erase a six-point lead Winona State built in the opening minutes.
Tinklenberg's second three-pointer tied the game at 10-10. The next nine minutes featured three tie scores and five lead changes. The Vikings then closed the half on a 12-6 run capped off by Feeney beating the buzzer off of an offensive rebound from just inside the free throw line. The Vikings entered the half with a 30-25 lead.
Tinklenberg was 4 for 4 from behind the arc in the first half to lead all scorers in the first stanza. Augustana shot an even 40 percent from the field while holding the Warriors to just 25 points. The Vikings forced 10 turnovers, converting those into 10 points.
To open the second half Feeney and Ashley hit a three-pointer each and the Vikings led 38-28 five minutes into the game. Augustana then traded baskets but the Winona State's six second-half threes cut into the lead with Dulas' fourth triple eventually knotted the game.
Augustana will face Minot State in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Women's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.