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November 21, 2009

2009-10 Season - Augustana handles MacMurray to move to 3-0

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – With a new starting lineup, the Augustana Vikings showed a new spark as well Saturday, defeating the MacMurray Highlanders at Carver Center by a score of 85-65. Sophomores Chris Anderson (West Carroll HS, Mt. Carroll, Ill.) and Troy Rorer (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) and freshman Luke Scarlata (Morton HS, Berwyn, Ill.) each got their first varsity starts and helped Augustana jump to a 49-28 halftime lead before the entire bench eventually got into the 20-point win.

With Scarlata and Anderson in the starting lineup, sophomore point guard Brian DeSimone (Buffalo Grove HS, Wheeling, Ill.) and junior co-captain Bryant Voiles (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) came off the bench with each making solid contributions to the win. Voiles finished with 15 points in just 13 minutes, finishing a perfect 5-of-5 from the field including 3-for-3 from behind the arc. DeSimone logged a team-high 21 minutes and had seven points and five assists.

Anderson made his presence felt immediately, scoring a dozen in the first half on a variety of strong moves to the hoop. He finished with 16, tying him for game-high honors with Kyle Nelson (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.). Their scoring totals came in just 18 and 20 minutes, respectively. Scarlata, looking much more comfortable than in Augustana’s first two games, finished with five points and four rebounds and three assists in just 11 minutes.

Continuing a trend that saw them fall behind in their first two wins, the Vikings again trailed early in this one. Jerel Robertson’s jumper with 16:34 left in the first half gave the Highlanders an 8-4 lead. However, a Voiles three-pointer with 13:47 left gave Augustana a 15-12 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.

The Vikings outscored MacMurray 40-16 over the last fourteen-and-a-half minutes of the half to lead 49-28 at the break. The lead ballooned to as much as 34 with 6:35 left before MacMurray whittled the final margin down to 20 against the end of the Viking bench.

After getting Anderson back last Wednesday from a broken wrist, the Vikings saw the first action from senior center Terrence Green (King HS, Chicago, Ill.) in this one as well. Green, who is coming back from a stress fracture in his foot, had four points and two rebounds in 12 minutes, including a resounding follow-up dunk.

Now 3-0 on the year, the Vikings will have a week off before heading to Anderson, Indiana for a matchup with the Anderson Ravens on Saturday, November 28. Game time is 6:00 pm. CST.