Saturday, December 11, 2010

Augustana earns first conference win, tops U-Mary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Cody Schilling scored a game-high 19 points to lead Augustana to a 68-55 win over U-Mary Friday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Augustana (4-3, 1-2 NSIC) picked up its first conference win of the season.  U-Mary (5-2, 1-2 NSIC) drops its second straight game.

Schilling's play--which got a boost in the second half--was complimented by 12 points from Cameron McCaffrey and 10 from Leif Nomeland.  Derrick De Zeeuw and Nathan Truex each added eight points.

Truex grabbed eight rebounds for the Vikings.

Augustana never trailed in the contest and held a commanding advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Marauders 41-29.

Jordan Wilhelm's 18 points paced U-Mary.

The Vikings' defense shined in the first half, holding the Marauders to just three points in the game's first 11 minutes.  The scrappy performance allowed Augustana to hold a 15-point lead at 18-3 with 8:44 before intermission.

Augustana retained their double-digit advantage for the remainder of the first half, thanks to a sudden surge from Schilling.  The junior had been quiet to open the game, but he scored all six of his first-half points in the final three minutes of the half.

The Vikings owned a 33-20 lead at the break.

The Marauders chipped their way back to a single-digit difference early in the first half, using a 7-2 to open and  trail 35-27 three minutes in.  U-Mary had the deficit down to five points three minutes later after Jordan Wilhelm drained a 3-pointer to make it a 40-35 game.

The Vikings, however, returned their lead to double figures and eventually earned themselves a 14-point advantage with 8:27 left.  A pair of Schilling free throws at the 3:02 mark put his team up 60-45.

Despite late efforts by U-Mary, including 3-pointers from Eric Erdmann and Wilhelm, Augustana mostly coasted in the games final three minutes by hitting 6 of 6 throws.

The Vikings received solid play from their posts as Nomeland, De Zeeuw and Truex combined for 24 points and 14 rebounds.  Augustana scored 28 points in the paint.

The Vikings finish this weekend home series on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. against Northern State.

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