Torrid from field, Thunder shoot down Vikings


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013, 11:10 pm
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
With 4:30 left in the men's CCIW basketball game at the Carver Center on Wednesday evening, Augustana coach Grey Giovanine was scouring his card of plays for just the right call.

Down by 14 at that point, it was a fruitless search unless he was looking for a bill to send to the Wheaton Thunder to replace the nets they were torching en route to a stunning 86-67 thrashing of the Vikings.

The 20th-ranked Thunder (13-3, 3-2 CCIW) came into the Carver Center and drilled 11-of-15 3-pointers and 21-of-26 free throws. In the second half alone, Wheaton was 16-of-21 from the field (76.2 percent).

"Anybody who shoots it like we did tonight is going to win," said Wheaton coach Mike Schauer. "Shooting the ball as well as we did hides a myriad of mistakes and makes everything look a whole lot better. Had we shot our normal percentage from the 3-point line, it's a much, much more competitive game."

Wheaton came into the game shooting a solid 39-percent before hitting at a 73.3 clip and handing the 23rd-ranked Vikings (12-4, 2-3 CCIW) their third straight loss against Top 20 ranked teams.

The young Vikings were left reeling with Wheaton hitting shots, gaining confidence and winning most of the hustle plays.

"I didn't think we competed defensively," said Giovanine. "I know the two losses (at Illinois Wesleyan and at top-ranked North Central) were tough on the kids. But those were Top 20 teams on the road. To come home and not give an inspired effort was disappointing.''

There were two key runs in the game that decided things.

In the first half, Giovanine was upset that Augie went from a 1-point lead to down five when Wheaton standouts Tyler Peters and Nathan Haynes were saddled with foul trouble. In the second half, freshman Jawan Straughter scored five straight points to pull the hosts within 48-46 with 14:17 left. From there, Wheaton went on a 19-3 run in a little more than five minutes to blow open the game.

Both of the those runs, not surprisingly, were keyed by 3-pointers. And when the Thunder started spreading the floor as Augie tried to stop the long-range assault, Wheaton got the ball to the hoop.

"Because they shot it so well, they really extended our defense and then took advantage of their ability to beat us off the dribble," said Giovanine. "We're not a very good one-on-one, on-the-ball defensive team right now. We don't have guys who guard the dribble well."

Freshman Ben Ryan had another solid game for the Vikings, working hard inside and cleaning up misses to log team-highs of 17 points and nine rebounds. United Township grad Nic Hoepfner added 10 points, all in the first half.

Wheaton's normal offensive threats -- Peters and Haynes -- were held to 16 combined points and seven rebounds. Reserve Michael Kvam, though, was 5-for-6 from 3-point range for a game-high 21. Sophomore guard Brayden Teuscher hit a number of floaters on drives for 19 points and starter Michael Berg added 11, six above his average.

"That was no fun," said Giovanine, hoping his club can regroup for Saturday's home game vs. Elmhurst. "We got whipped."




BASKETBALL
QC college men
Wheaton 86, Augustana 67
WHEATON (13-3, 3-2 CCIW)
Peters 1-2 5-6 4 2 7, Haynes 4-4 1-3 3 5 9, Berg 3-4 2-2 3 3 11, Teuscher 6-10 6-6 5 2 19, P.Smith 0-0 0-0 4 1 0, Kvam 8-11 0-0 2 2 21, Sokovich 1-1 5-6 3 0 7, J.Smith 0-3 0-0 0 1 0, Fisher 2-4 0-0 4 0 6, DeMoss 2-2 2-3 1 0 6, Serenius 0-1 0-0 0 1 0. Team rebounds 3. Totals 27-42 21-26 29 20 86.
AUGUSTANA (12-4, 2-3 CCIW)
Johnson 1-1 2-6 4 1 4, Ryan 8-11 1-4 3 9 17, Kunz 1-3 0-0 2 3 2, Thompson 1-5 0-0 2 3 2, Jurgutis 2-8 5-7 2 1 9, Straughter 2-3 1-1 3 1 5, Roth 3-9 0-0 0 2 9, Hoepfner 3-3 4-4 0 2 10, Dexter 0-0 1-2 2 2 1, Pils 1-3 2-3 2 1 4, Hill 0-0 2-2 0 0 2, Motzel 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Dziagwa 1-1 0-0 0 0 2. Totals 23-47 18-29 20 25 67.
Halftime: Wheaton 37-32. 3s: WC 11-15 (Kvam 5-6, Berg 3-3, Fisher 2-3, Teuscher 1-2, Smith 0-1); Augie 3-10 (Roth 3-7,  Jurgutis 0-3). Assists: WC 10 (DeMoss 3); Augie 7 (Ryan 2, Straughter 2). Turnovers: WC 20, Augie 21. Blocks: WC 4 (Haynes 2); Augie 1 (Jurgutis). Steals: WC 10 (Haynes 3); Augie 4 (Thompson, Johnson, Roth, Hill).














 



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