Team effort lifts No. 9 Vikings over Golden Bears
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A second-half surge helped Augustana’s men’s basketball team hold off a pesky Concordia-St. Paul squad 88-72 Friday night in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Vikings never held a more than nine point lead until 13:53 remaining when AU stormed off for the win.
The Vikings improve to 20-2 this season and 14-2 in the NSIC. Victory is the head coach Tom Billierit’s 450and career with 353 coming to Augustana and 97 to North Dakota State. Concordia-St. Paul drops to 3-22 on the year, 2-16 in the loop.
Augustana held a 44-39 halftime lead after shooting 50% from the field, but the embarrassment came from deep within the Golden Bears as CSP made eight 3-pointers in the first half a clip away. 66.7%.
However, this threat from deep cooled considerably in the second half as Augustana held off Concordia-St. Paul is 37.9 percent shooting from the field and allowed just three more treys in the final 20 minutes.
Leading by three at 51-48, Augustana used an 8-0 run to build an 11-point lead, the biggest in the game to that point, on a 3-point field goal from Jameson Bryan. The lead continued to 14 points on a isaac finck 3-point basket to give the Vikings, ninth in the standings, a 14-point advantage at 74-60 with 7:22 on the clock.
The Vikings’ lead then never dipped below double digits the rest of the game and settled into a 16-point victory at 88-72.
Augustana’s front five scored in double figures, led by Tyler Riemersma and his 23 points while Fink added 20. Dylan Lebrun scored 16 points while Adam Dykman added 13 and Bryan had 12. Dykman and Riemersma both recorded double-doubles as Dykman had 13 rebounds and Riemersma had 12.
The duo combined for 10 offensive rebounds as Augustana recorded 16 offensive rebounds against just 22 total rebounds earned by Concordia-St. Paul for the game.
Bryan also had another stellar game running the point as he recorded eight assists to just two turnovers.
Augustana finished the game shooting 50% from the field on 34 of 68 field goal attempts while the Golden Bears cooled to 47.3% on 26 of 55 field goal attempts.
Augustana, in complete control of her own destiny to win the NSIC, heads to Minnesota State on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. The Vikings had been half a game behind Minnesota Duluth in the NSIC’s overall standings, but after the Bulldogs fell to UMary, Augustana now holds that half-game lead heading into the final three games of the season.