Short-handed Vikings can't slow Warhawks


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WHITEWATER, Wis. – Kevin Schlitter hit a bucket in the paint that gave the Augustana College men's basketball team a 7-4 run to start the second half of Saturday's NCAA Div. III Tournament second round game here at Kachel Gym.

That run that tied the game at 48, though, did nothing more than rile up the hosting Warhawks.

UW-Whitewater, ranked No. 3 in the final regular-season D3Hoops.com national poll, rattled off a 22-4 run in the next 7:27 to totally take control en route to a convincing 87-68 victory over the short-handed Vikings.

"We really battled, hung in there and had a great start to the second half,'' said Augie coach Grey Giovanine. "They just elevated their game at that point. They are so quick, so strong, so athletic and such good defenders. They just shut us down and turned their stops into scores. That's exactly what we wanted to do to them.''

The Vikings, who finished 20-8, trailed 44-39 halftime. In all eight losses this season, Augie, which returns its entire playoff roster next season, either trailed or was tied at halftime.

As it turned out, the short-handed Vikings just didn't have enough firepower to handle the Warhawks (25-4). Augie came into the game with starter Ben Ryan playing on a twisted ankle he hurt Friday night and was not 100-percent. Top reserves Nic Hoepfner (ankle injury in last week's CCIW Tournament) and Griffin Pils (ankle sprain in Friday's 88-77 upset of No. 18 St. Thomas) did not play. Mark Roth had to play with a face mask to protect a nose that was broken in practice this past week and he was 0-for-3 shooting from the field.

On top of that, starters Tayvian Johnson (seven points, three rebounds) and Brandon Motzel (five points, two rebounds) played just 21 and 13 minutes, respectively, as they fouled out.

"We started out so thin anyway,'' said Giovanine, whose club was out-rebounded 38-24. "That sure didn't help matters.''

Guards Hunter Hill and Dan Jurgutis did their best to keep the Vikings in the game. Hill, a sophomore, rattled home a team-high 18 points, with Jurgutis, a junior just back from a toe injury, adding 16 off the bench. Ben Ryan added eight points, and Jawan Straughter and Schlitter each tossed in six points.

While Whitewater used only seven players the majority of the game, they proved capable of handling the up-and-down tempo. KJ Evans led the Warhawks with a game-high 25 points and Quardell Young followed with 18. Reserve Cody Odegaard popped for 14 and starters Reggie Hearn and Alex Merg added 11 and 10, respectively.

Evans and Young did much of the damage in that game-turning 22-4 run midway through the second half. Evans started it with a 3-pointer and had 11 of his points in that stretch. Young had a key 3-pointer and five points in the spree.

"They just dug in defensively and really got into us physically,'' said Giovanine of that stretch. "We dind't turn it over – we only had eight turnovers for the game which is really good. They just forced us into some quick shots and tough shots. We missed most of those shots and they were getting the rebounds and running it back at us. You've seen teams like Michigan State do that to people. They just had another gear. They were the most athletic team we've played this year.''




BASKETBALL
QC college men
UW-Whitewater 87, Augustana 68
AUGUSTANA (20-8)
Johnson 3-9 1-2 5 3 7, Ryan 3-7 2-2 3 5 8, Motzel 1-3 3-4 5 2 5, Hill 6-13 3-5 3 1 18, Straughter 1-2 4-6 2 0 6, Schlitter 3-7 0-0 1 7 6, Jurgutis 6-10 4-4 2 2 16, Roth 0-3 0-0 0 0 0, Hoekstra 1-1 0-0 1 2 2. Totals 24-55 17-23 22 24 68.
No. 3 UW-WHITEWATER (25-4)
Evans 8-15 8-8 2 12 25, Hearn 5-9 1-3 4 6 11, E. Bryson 2-4 1-1 4 5 5, Merg 3-7 2-2 4 1 10, Young 6-8 5-6 2 3 18, Odegaard 5-7 3-5 2 3 14, Egan 2-4 0-0 0 3 4, Slemp 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, D. Bryson 0-1 0-0 0 1 0, Legault 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Stevens 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Van Schyndel 0-0 0-0 0 0 0. Totals 31-55 20-25 19 38 87.
Halftime: UW-W 44-39. 3s: Augie 3-12 (Hill 3-6, Straughter 0-1, Ryan 0-1, Jurgutis 0-1, Roth 0-3); UW-W 5-13 (Merg 2-4, Young 1-1, Evans 1-3, Odegaard 1-3, E. Bryson 0-2). Assists: Augie 6 (Roth 3); UW-W 10 (Young 3, Evans 3, E.Bryson 2). Turnovers: Augie 8 (Johnson 2, Roth 2); UW-W 8 (Odegaard 3). Blocks: Augie 1 (Jurgutis); UW-W 1 (Hearn). Steals: Augie 3 (Hill, Straughter, Ryan); UW-W 4 (Young 2). Technicals: Augie bench (player not scorebook).














 




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