SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Minnesota State-Moorhead remain perfect in its 81-76 win against No. 14 Augustana (S.D.) at the Elmen Center. The Dragons’ win moves them to 9-0, 5-0 in the NSIC, while the Vikings drop to 8-2, 5-1 in the NSIC. Minnesota State- Moorhead senior Jake Driscoll joined the 1000-point club in the victory.
The Dragons played from behind the majority of the first half, as Augustana (S.D.) went on an 11-0 run to start the game, and led by as many as 12 during the opening half. During this stretch, the Dragons had 5 turnovers and many opportunities to score, but went 0-for-8 from the field, and 0-for-4 from the three-point line. The Dragons did not make a field goal until Jake Driscoll found Alex Novak down low with 11:06 remaining.
|Other Top-25 Scores|
|No. 6 Colorado Mines 73, Chardon State 65|
|No. 9 West Liberty 85, Eckerd 75|
|West Virginia Wesleyan 64, No. 13 Indiana (Pa.) 57|
|No. 20 Bowie State 79, Roberts Wesleyan 67|
|No. 21 Northern Kentucky 98, Salem International 53|
|No. 24 Arkansas Tech 89, West Florida 85|
The Dragons went on a 20-10 run at the end of the first half, as the Dragon three-point shooters found their marks. Driscoll started the scoring with his history-making three-pointer, followed by Jordan Riewer’s three on the next possession to cut the deficit 24-17. Charlie Chapman put together a run of his own, drilling a three right in front of the Augustana (S.D.) bench, and then converting a fast-break layup off a Riewer steal.
The most electric play of the half came with one minute remaining. As Riewer hit a deep three, Jimmy Johnson was fouled away from the shot. Johnson converted both free throws for a five-point play, giving the Dragons their first lead of the game at 35-33.
The second half saw neither team taking more than a five-point lead. This was exemplified as the two teams matched three-point shooting at the eight-minute mark. After two made DJ Hamilton free throws, Leif Nomeland hit an open three-pointer from the left corner. On the next possession, Riewer found Lindfors for three. Chapman followed the next possession with another wide open three to move the Dragons up 65-62.
At 1:42 remaining, Lindfors faked a three at the top of the key and found Chapman open for three in the corner. This shot moved the Dragons ahead 74-69, as the Vikings could only resort to fouling every Dragon possession until the end of regulation.