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Strong Second Half Leads Augustana Rout Of St. Cloud State

Daniel Jansen, Augustana Vikings
Augustana College

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Augustana (16-4, 12-4 NSIC) used a balanced attack and a strong second half to rout St. Cloud State (16-4, 12-4 NSIC) 89-74, for its sixth straight win, on Saturday night in Sioux Falls. Cameron McCaffrey finished with a game-high 24 points and moved up to fifth on the all-time scoring list at Augustana.

McCaffrey has now scored 1,710 career points and moved past Jason Garrow who scored 1,704 in 113 games from 1988-92.

The Vikings dominated the Huskies in the paint winning the rebound battle 42-15 and scoring 44 of its 89 points in the paint. Augustana grabbed 14 offensive boards to just one for the Huskies. Joe Burt and Daniel Jansen each finished with eight rebounds while Zach Huisken hauled in six.

Jansen added 19 points for Augustana while Burt finished with a season-high 15. Jansen handed out a season-high six assists in the contests while McCaffrey added seven.

Damarius Cruz led the Huskies with 18 points on the night, all of which he scored in the first half. Cruz was 6 of 10 from 3-point range in the game.

Theo Rothstein finished with 15 points while Shaun Jensen added 13 on 6 of 11 shooting.

The Vikings finished the game shooting a season-high 57 percent (34-60) from the field, including nine 3-pointers in the game.

After shooting 50 percent from 3-point range in the first half, SCSU was just 2 of 10 from 3-point range and finished the game 49 percent (29 of 59) from the field.

Augustana and St. Cloud State traded baskets early with both teams knocking down three shots from 3-point range in the first 10 minutes of the half. SCSU’s Cruz hit the Huskies third 3-pointer of the half to put the Huskies up 19-16.

Cruz finished the half with 18 points knocking down 6 of 8 3-pointers.

SCSU was able to build its lead up to nine twice over the next six minutes before McCaffrey came off the bench to bring the Vikings in front 39-38 with 1:06 to go in the half.

After Alex Richter stripped Rothstein McCaffrey scored seven straight baskets in the middle of a 10-0 run for the Vikings on a pull-up 3-pointer from the right wing  cutting SCSU’s lead to 38-33. The Huskies took a quick shot on the next possession and McCaffrey ran the floor for a layup to bring the Vikings to within two at 38-35.

The senior then hit two free throws to put the Vikings in front 39-38 with 1:06 to play in the half. Jordan Poydras hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to go and Chris Larson knocked down two free throws to go up by four (43-39) before McCaffrey cut the lead to two with a jumper in the paint with three seconds on the clock.

SCSU held a 43-31 lead at halftime after shooting 55 percent from the field, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Cruz finished the half with 18 points to lead all players.

Augustana shot 51 percent from the field in the first half, including 4 of 12 from 3-point range. Augustana held an 18-9 rebound advantage at the break with Jansen leading the way with four.

Jansen also led the Vikings offensively at the break with 14 points while McCaffrey added 11 to go along with three assists.

Augustana opened the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 51-43 lead before the Huskies made their first basket of the frame on a layup by Rothstein.

The Vikings continued to pull away from the Huskies extending its run to 16-4 over the first six minutes to take its largest lead of the night at 57-47 with 14:01 left.

McCaffrey pushed the lead to 13 nailing his second triple of the game before baskets by Jansen and Huisken pushed it to 17 at 66-49.

Augustana went into cruise control over the next seven minutes of the half building a 22-point lead at 81-59 with 4:36 remaining in the game.

McCaffrey, Burt and Jansen played big in the second half. McCaffrey scored 13 points in the second frame while Burt and Jansen each had 12.

The Vikings went on to defeat St. Cloud State 89-74 for its second straight win over the Huskies.

Augustana will be on the road for the next two weeks, beginning with MSU Moorhead and Northern State next weekend.

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