No.1 Augie tops SAU


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Posted Online: Nov. 29, 2011, 11:00 pm
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
Augustana senior Bryant Voiles stole the show to carry his nationally top-ranked Vikings to a thrilling 83-75 men's basketball victory over the hosting Fighting Bees on Tuesday night at Lee Lohman Arena.

It was Augie's fourth straight victory in the battle for Quad-Cities bragging rights.

Voiles dropped in 29 second-half points en route to a game-high 38 as he led the Vikings to their first victory just hours after ascending to the top of the D3hoops.com national poll Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, it was Augie's three senior captains who led the Vikings to their fourth straight victory to start the season.

"Brian DeSimone really pushed the ball, Troy Rorer went and got six offensive rebounds (of his eight caroms) and Bryant Voiles is the best small-college player in the country. Period," Augie coach Grey Giovanine said with beads of sweat still soaking his face.

Voiles looked much more gathered as he talked about the team's big win.

"In a backyard brawl like that, you have to keep battling," he said. "It was a tough-fought game, and we just kept within our system and got the win."

The key was for Augie to settle into its style and let the system create opportunities, which it did in the second half after a much more physical and jumbled first half. There were also some subtle contributions that helped the Vikings. Kameron Norton helped turn the tide Augie's way with a rebound dunk that energized the Vikings midway through the second half and another key rebound later in the contest.

But after Norton's power move and a three-point play from SAU's Nicholas Frazier (26 points to lead the Bees), Voiles hit three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-point try and then drilled his next triple that put Augie up 59-55 with 9:50 left. The Vikings never lost the lead after that.

"I thought the game really came down to four or five plays," said SAU coach Ray Shovlain, offering kudos to Voiles for a terrific game as well. "A block out on a free-throw, an unforced turnover and missed shots ... I thought it was a pretty good effort on our part."

It was just that it was a little better effort by the Vikings, especially in the second half.

Voiles said the Vikings tried to put the excitement of being No. 1 aside, but early on, the Augustana didn't play like it. Then again, NAIA's 13th-ranked Bees had a lot to do with that. Especially making his presence felt was Chris Donnelly, who hadn't practiced in 10 days since injuring his right knee and was just cleared after an MRI on Monday revealed no damage to what was thought to be an MCL injury.

The first man off Shovlain's bench, Donnelly scored 10 first-half points and energized the hosts (3-5). He finished with 18 points, and senior Mike Kennedy added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Rorer added 11 points for Augie, and Luke Scarlata played solid inside with 10 points. Norton tossed in seven points and hauled down six rebounds.






BASKETBALL
QC college men
Augustana 83, St. Ambrose 75
AUGUSTANA (4-0)
Voiles 9-16 14-18 3 10 38, Dexter 2-6 0-0 5 5 4, Scarlata 3-7 4-5 2 2 10, DeSimone 2-5 0-0 1 1 4, Rorer 5-9 1-7 2 8 11, Norton 3-4 1-2 3 6 7, Kunz 0-0 2-4 3 5 2, Anderson 2-11 1-1 0 1 5, Jurgutis 1-3 0-0 0 2 2. Team rebounds 3. Totals 27-61 23-37 19 43 83.
ST. AMBROSE (3-5)
Thomas 1-3 2-2 2 4 4, Koncel 1-5 0-0 4 3 2, Kennedy 5-12 0-0 4 13 12, Frazier 10-14 3-6 4 2 26, Blondell 3-7 1-2 1 2 9, Donnelly 5-13 6-10 4 2 18, Fiol 0-1 0-0 0 0 0, Supergan 1-1 2-2 3 4 3, Alpen 0-3 0-0 2 0 0. Team rebounds 6. Totals 26-59 14-22 24 36 75. Halftime: Augie 32-31. 3s: Augie 6-18 (Voiles 6-11, Rorer 0-1, Jurgutis 0-1, DeSimone 0-2, Anderson 0-3); SAU 9-22 (Frazier 3-4, Blondell 2-4, Kennedy 2-4, Donnelly 2-5, Thomas 0-1, Koncel 0-1, Fiol 0-1, Alpen 0-2). Assists: Augie 13 (Rorer 5, DeSimone 4); SAU 9 (Kennedy 4). Turnovers: Augie 16 (Voiles 4, Dexter 4); SAU 21 (Donnelly 5). Blocks: Augie 5 (Rorer 3, Kunz 2); SAU 3 (Donnelly 2, Kennedy 1). Steals: Augie 9 (Voiles 4); SAU 9 (Blondell 3, Donnelly 3).













 



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