Augustana edges out competition

THOMAS ELNESS

tkelness12@ole.augie.edu

Augustana and Jamestown tipped-off on Saturday night at the Elmen Center in a non-conference battle.  The Jimmies came into the game 2-3, while Augie laced up for the first official game of the season.

The Vikings combined young blood and senior leadership to defeat Jamestown, 54-48, adding a game to the win column to start the 2012-13 season.

Augustana led at the half, 21-14. However, neither team had much to brag about in the first half, shooting poorly and committing fouls relentlessly.

“It was tough to get a smooth rhythm going,” senior Cameron McCaffrey said about the choppy opening half.  “We had a few guys, myself included, get into foul trouble.”

McCaffrey split bench-time and court-time in the first 20 minutes, but went on to lead the team with 20 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

In the second half both teams showed improvements.  Jamestown improved its shooting from 6-27 (22.2%) to 10-25 (40.0%); Augustana did the same, sharpening its first half 7-27 (25.9%) to a more respectable 9-18 (50%).

Nevertheless, field goal shooting was not at its pinnacle.

One standout performance came from 6’9” freshman Daniel Jansen. The Orange City, Iowa native posted 13 points and hauled in 6 rebounds.

The one-inch-taller-than-Lebron-James freshman pointed out, “It was really humbling to come out and play well.  My teammates were able to get me the ball in places I could score.”

Jamestown’s best performance came from 6’5” senior forward Jared Sutherland, a Grand Rapids, Minn., native.  Sutherland scored 5-10 on field goal attempts, including 3-4 from outside the arc, good for 13 points.  Breshion Tucker and Davon Thomas also added 13 a piece in the loss.

The Jimmies played most of the game without key player Taylor Newton after he left with an injury in the first half. Newton averaged 10 points per game in the first five contests this season.

With the win, Augustana sits at 1-0 (0-0, NSIC).  Jamestown falls to 2-4 on the season.

The Augustana women also had a good showing Saturday night in the first game of the double-header.

The women outscored Mount Marty College 95-56 despite shooting only 4-24 on 3-pointers. Augustana made up for that shooting with their rebounds, as the women grabbed 47 over Marty’s 27.

Senior Alex Feeney and freshman Riley Nordgaard led the Vikings with 15 points, and senior Lydia Nelson also added 14 points shooting 7 for 13.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the men’s team won 89-71 over Black Hills State. The women toppled Dakota Wesleyan 95-49 on the same day. Both teams are now 2-0.