Augustana men's basketball won its third game in as many days to capture the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament with a 98-82 victory over MSU Moorhead (32-3) on Tuesday night in front of 3,203 fans at the Sanford Pentagon. The victory secured the first-ever NSIC Tournament Championship since joining the league in 2008-09.
Augustana improved to 30-2 on the year, marking the first 30-win season in program history. The Vikings were led by NSIC Tournament Most Valuable Player Casey Schilling, who scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season (20th career). Schilling was unanimous MVP selection after averaging 23 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 54 percent from 3-point range.
Alex Richter came up with a huge performance in the championship game, scoring 18 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. Daniel Jansen, after being held scoreless in the first half, went on a tear in the final 20 minutes scoring 21 points and six rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals.
The Vikings finished the game shooting 53.6 percent from the field and knocked down 15 of 28 3-pointers on the night. The Vikings improved to 15-0 on the year when knocking down 10 or more 3-pointers.
Read more and find game stats at www.goaugie.com.
Up Next: NCAA Central Region Tourney, March 14-15, 17
No. 1 seed Augustana will host the NCAA Central Region Tournament at the Sanford Pentagon and will take on No. 8 seed Arkansas Tech (18-13) at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.
Pre-Game Gathering, Saturday, March 14
Join us for a pre-game gathering at Beef 'O' Brady's, 4021 N. Bobhalla Drive, across from the Sanford Pentagon, from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Open to the public.