A few minutes into the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, Augustana (S.D.) trailed by six points to Western Oregon and needed a spark. The Vikings turned to their first-team All-American senior forward Daniel Jansen (6'9''-F-94). By scoring eight quick points, Jansen got the Vikings on track and it was smooth sailing from there on out on the way to a 74-55 victory over Western Oregon Thursday evening at the Dr. Pepper Arena. 'It was a funny beginning for us, but I thought a little of that had to do with last night's game,' Augustana coach Tom Billeter said. 'It was a very difficult game against a talented team in Tarleton State. 'I didn't think were sharp at the beginning tonight and then we got it going. I really liked how we started the second half. Our defense all night was pretty stingy.' The stage is now set for two, first-time participants in the NCAA Division II championship game. Augustana, 33-2, will take on Lincoln Memorial, 34-2, at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. It will mark the second all-time match-up in Division II championship history that the No. 1 and No. 2 team will meet in the national championship. The last time was 1975 when Old Dominion defeated New Orleans 76-74. 'We didn't come here just to be in the national championship game,' Jansen said. 'We want to win it.' The only true intrigue in Augustana's semifinal win occurred in the first 5 minutes. Jansen missed the Wednesday's quarterfinal game with a foot injury. He didn't start against Western Oregon. The Wolves started well, opening an 8-2 lead. Jansen entered the game to a loud ovation from the spirited Augustana fans. Jansen definitely lifted the spirit of the team. 'For sure,' Augustana junior Beyer said. 'We weren't sure he was going to be able to play. He came out with that splash and gave everybody a boost of energy.' It didn't take long for Jansen to show why he earned first-team All-American honors. He immediately contributed, scoring a basket and he followed that with a 3-pointer that brought the Vikings to within one. 'I thought we got off to a good start,' Western Oregon coach Jim Shaw said. 'When Jansen came on the floor, the whole energy of the game changed. For guys old enough, he did that Willis Reed deal. He wobbled out there and banged in a couple of threes and the whole personality of their team changed. I thought they fed off him. Their energy went up.' After Western Oregon scored, Jansen hit a 3-pointer that tied the game. The Vikings didn't slow down. They increased their lead to 18-10 before the Wolves scored again. Augustana continued to play well the rest of the first half, extending its advantage to 34-16. The Wolves managed to garner just a little momentum heading into the locker room when senior Devon Alexander (6'1''-PG) hit a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, making it 34-19. But in 13 minutes, Jansen was too much to handle for Western Oregon. He led all scorers in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 13 points on four of six shooting. Jansen only played four minutes in the second half, because the Vikings held a big lead and didn't need him. 'Not playing yesterday was very, very tough,' Jansen said. 'Being on the court and telling the coach I couldn't go was heartbreaking. I was crying, but I had to get my composure back and do something for the team even if it was not playing. 'I can't say enough about our training staff. They are amazing. They did a lot of stuff the past few days. They tried something new today. The second they did it, I felt better. I was feeling good before warm-ups. I felt good during warm-ups. I gave the coaches the green light. It wasn't about me. It was about our team and our staff.' At the start of the second half, Augustana made sure Western Oregon wasn't going to build off its halftime buzzer beater. Beyer drove inside the 3-point arc and hit a 10-foot jumper to make it 36-19. 'I just have to let the game come to me,' said Beyer, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. 'If I score a bunch of points, that's fine. If I don't, that's fine, too. I do what I got to do, but my role on team is to defend.' Western Oregon closed to 36-24, and then Augustana put the game away. It started with a 2-point field goal from senior Casey Schilling (6'6''-F-94) followed by a 3-pointer from Schilling. Senior Alex Richter (6'5''-G-92) continued the Augustana run with a corner 3-pointer and Schilling finished the 10-0 run with two free throws, giving the Vikings a commanding 46-24 lead with just under 15 minutes left. 'You have to give them credit,' said Alexander, who finished with 12 points. 'They are a good team. They don't make mistakes down the stretch. We fought our way back as best we could, but when you don't put the ball in the basket, it makes it difficult.' Courtesy of: ncaa.com
Dixie State stopped at No. 8/9 Hawaii Pacific on Monday, 76-66 - 1 day ago
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Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the... [read more]
Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the game with a jumper and Brandon Simister (6'0''-PG-94) nailed a 3-pointer to give DSU the three-point cushion. However, the Sharks (25-2, 17-2 PacWest) countered with a 12-4 run, capped by a Josh Looney lay-in and free throw, as HPU wrestled back the lead at 56-51 with 15:21 to play. Dixie State rallied to make a one-point game at 56-55 at the 13:53 mark, but then the Trailblazers went ice cold offensively as DSU went more than seven minutes without a field goal. Meanwhile HPU rattled off a 10-4 spurt in that stretch, as DSU hit just 4-of-7 from the foul line, to extend to its biggest lead of the game at 66-59 with 6:24 to go after a pair of Looney free throws. Simister finally broke the drought with a big 3-pointer to pull the Trailblazers to within four at 66-62 with 6:05 remaining. DSU's defense then came up with much-needed stops on the Sharks' next two possession, but Dixie State could not capitalize on the offensive end as Hawai'i Pacific held the Trailblazers to just four points the rest of the way to close out the victory. Simister led the Trailblazers with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with two treys, while Bradley poured in 14 of his 17 points in the first half to go along with seven rebounds and Hill finished with 15 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Dixie State shot a blistering 60.0 percent (18-of-30) in the first half but was held to just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) in the second frame to finish at 48.1 percent (25-of-52) for the game. DSU was done in at the free-throw line as the Trailblazers shot a season-low 44.4 percent (12-of-27) at the stripe, which included eight more missed attempts in the second half. DSU also committed eight second-half turnovers and finished with 15 for the game, compared to just eight HPU miscues. DSU and HPU each finished with 35 rebounds, though the Sharks held a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass. Looney led all scorers with 24 points, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. The Sharks shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor, including 8-of-33 (.242) from the perimeter, and hit 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the foul line, which was a DSU opponent season high. Dixie State wraps up the 2016-17 regular season at home this Saturday, Feb. 25, as the Trailblazers welcome Holy Names to the Burns Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will also serve as Senior Night as DSU seniors Marcus Bradley (6'6''-F) and Josh Fuller will be honored prior to tip-off. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and f... [read more]
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and forth in the final minutes of the first half and at the break Cameron found themselves up 44-34 at the break thanks to a last second old fashioned three point play from Jalen Nicholas (6'6''-G/F). The Aggies shot over 56 percent from the field in the first half, going 5-12 from the perimeter while hitting all three of their free throw attempts. They held the Falcons to just 30.8 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes, but UTPB did make 5-13 from three and converted 13 off their 16 free throw attempts. JV Long (6'1''-PG) led CU at the break with nine points and three assists, while Tyler Williams (6'3''-G) had eight points and Trey Hall had seven. Vinnie Abbondola (6'2''-G) led UT Permian Basin at the half with nine points on 3-4 shooting from long range. The Aggies kept up their momentum to start the second half, stretching their lead to 20 points at the 15:59 mark. However, that is when UTPB made their move, as they used a 14-2 run to put the game at 62-54 with 13:33 left in the half. They slowly kept eating away at CU's lead and by the 4:13 mark, the Falcons were down by just four points. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth through the final minutes of play with the margin hovering around 3-4 points. Clutch free throw shooting by the Aggies down the stretch helped them secure the 90-87. Cameron finished the game with a 52.5 field goal percentage, while going 12-26 from the perimeter and 16-22 from the charity stripe. They got 25 points off of 23 UTPB turnovers and had 31 points from off the bench. Long finished with 21 points, going 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three, and six assists, while Hall finished with 18 points, hitting 4-9 from long range. Williams chipped in 14 points and Momoh had 11. UT Permian Basin (19-5, 10-4) had won nine straight before Saturday's loss. They shot 44.2 percent from the field, 44 percent from the perimeter, and converted on 30 of their 37 free throws. Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G) led the Falcons with 22 points, while Johnnie Lacy had 20 and Josh Morris had 17. Cameron will finish out the regular season at home as they have three straight at the Aggie Gym. They will begin by hosting Western New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: cameronaggies.com
CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District Awards 2016-17 - 9 days ago
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District 1 Michael Coffey (6'1''-G) of ADELPHI Jack Jones (6'8''-F, college: St.Rose, NY) of SAINT ROSE Julian Lipinski (6'8''-F) of SAINT ROSE Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S. CONNECTICUT STATE Tyler Sayre (6'6''-F) of SAINT ROSE District 2 Noah Davis (6'6''-F) of SETON HILL Matthew Dogan (6'7''-G) of GANNON A.J. Leahey (6'7''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN Dan Monteroso (6'3''-G) of WEST LIBERTY Isaac Vescovi (6'6''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN District 3 Jaumonee Byrd (6'6''-F-94) of CLAYTO... [read more]
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