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Schilling Leads Vikings Past Concordia-St. Paul

Casey Schilling, Augustana Vikings vs Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears
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SIOUX FALLS, SD — Casey Schilling had a career night with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Augustana defeated Concordia-St. Paul 79-70 on Friday night in Sioux Falls. Schilling is the first player at Augustana to score 15 or more points and grab 15 or more rebounds in a game since Nick Olsen had 19 points and 19 rebounds against Minnesota-Crookston on Nov. 24, 2004.

Augustana improves to 6-4 on the season, 3-1 in the NSIC while Concordia-St. Paul drops to 3-5, 0-4 in conference play.

Schilling led all players in scoring while picking up five steals and dishing out four assists. Ethan Guske finished with 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting, hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range while Adam Beyer posted a season-high 12 points. Beyer was 5 of 6 from the free throw line to help the Vikings go 27 of 32 from the stripe.

Devin Gilligan finished the game with a season-high 10 points and seven rebounds. Augustana out-rebounded Concordia-St. Paul 46-32 in the game, marking the fourth time this season the Vikings have corralled 40-plus rebounds in a game.

Concordia-St. Paul had four players in double-figures, led by Terez VanPelt who scored 14 points while Chris Halvorsen and Cordell Smith each finished with 13. The Golden Bears finished the game 21 of 52 (40 percent) from the field, including 9 of 20 (45 percent) from 3-point range.

Augustana shot just 29 percent (9 of 31) from the field in the first half, but finished the game 22 of 58 (38 percent). The Vikings were 8 of 20 (40 percent) from 3-point range and were lights out from the free throw line hitting 27 of 32 (84 percent)

Augustana started off the night cold from the field going just 2 for its first 9 from the field as the Golden Bears grabbed a 9-5 lead after a 3-pointer by Smith. The Vikings then scored on four of its next five possessions going on an 8-2 run to take their first lead of the night at 13-11 on a 3-pointer by Beyer.

Concordia-St. Paul answered right back to regain its lead on a 3-pointer by Keith Crockett but the Vikings scored two straight baskets, including a 3-point-play by Devin Gilligan as he put in a fastbreak bucket drew a foul and hit his free throw. The conversion by Gilligan put the Vikings in front 18-14.

The Golden Bears came right back to score the game’s next six points to take a 20-18 lead with 7:35 remaining in the first half.

Augustana closed-out the first half on a 17-6 run over the final seven minutes to take a 35-26 halftime lead. The Vikings overcame poor shooting from the field, hitting 9 of 31 (29 percent), by going 14 of 15 (93 percent) from the free throw line.

Schilling nearly surpassed his career-high in rebounds in the first half alone corralling 12 to help the Vikings lead 28-18 on the glass in the half. Schilling, Beyer and Gilligan each finished the half with eight points to lead Augustana.

CU was led offensively by Halvorsen’s eight points in the first half. The Golden Bears were 8 of 26 (31 percent) from the field, including 2 of 7 from 3-point range. CU could not take advantage of early leads in part due to poor free throw shooting. The Golden Bears were just 8 of 14 from the stripe in the first half.

Augustana picked up right where it left off in the first half going on a 15-0 run over the first four minutes of the second half to take a 50-26 lead. Including the last 1:47 of the second half, the Vikings went on a 23-0 run over 5:29 of playing time to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points.

CU would not go away quietly as it cut Augustana’s lead to 11 after a 15-2 run over six minutes to make the score 52-41 with 9:35 to play. The Golden Bears continued to chip away at Augustana’s lead but Schilling kept the lead at double-digits at 64-50 hitting two free throws.

Concordia-St. Paul’s Crockett and Smith hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it an eight point game at 64-56 with 4:19 remaining in the game.

Augustana led by as much as 16 in the final two minutes, but the Golden Bears were able to spark a 12-2 run over a minute and a half span in the waning minutes to cut Augustana’s lead to 76-70 with 31 seconds to play. The Vikings iced it with three straight free throws with 20 seconds left after a foul and a technical foul called on the CU bench to give the Vikings the 79-70 win.

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