April 1, 2002
2001-02 MEN'S BASKETBALL REVIEW
2001-02 MEN'S BA
VIKINGS FINISH SECOND IN THE CCIW; DREW CARSTENS EARNS NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN HONORS AFTER RECORD BREAKING YEAR
For the first time since the 1993-94 season the Augustana Vikings men's basketball team has put together back-to-back seasons with at least 17 victories. It was also back in 1993-94 that the Blue & Gold finished as high as second in the College Conference of
The 2001-02 season was a success, no matter how you look at it. The Vikings finished the year with a 17-8 overall record and a 9-5 mark in the CCIW, good for a second place tie with
There were two points during the year where even the optimistic and always upbeat Giovanine had to wonder where his team was headed. The first came on December 5 when the Vikings walked out of the
An 83-68 win over St. Ambrose on December 8 put the Blue & Gold on what would eventually become a nine game winning streak. After beating
Then came blip number two on the radar screen when a three game stretch between January 16 and January 23 produced three losses by a total of seven points: at Millikin (76-78) on the 16th, at Elmhurst (83-87) on the 19th and a crushing last second home loss on the 23rd to Carthage, the number one ranked team in the nation, by a score of 64-63. After the defeat to
With the season hanging in the balance the Vikings responded with an 80-45 crushing of the Cardinals and they wound up winning six of eight games down the stretch. The only losses were both on the road - 80-73 at
For the second consecutive year Giovanine's team once again established the
Sophomore Drew Carstens (
His prowess at the free throw line allowed him to take down the two oldest school records on the books. His 208 free throws made eclipsed the old mark of 148 held by Steve Snow (1968-69) and the 249 attempts erased Paul Lauritzen's 1953-54 record of 207 from the books. In conference play Carstens made 135 of 155 free throws and broke the CCIW record of 126 set by Jim Peters of
Carstens moved into 12th place on Augustana's single season scoring list with his 506 points, just one behind the 507 put up by Dave Anderson in 1982-83. For his career he has scored a total of 852 points. He finished the season as the second leading scorer in the CCIW, averaging 20.5 points per game in league play, and just 0.4 points per game behind scoring champion Luke Kasten of Illinois Wesleyan. Kasten scored 293 points in 14 games while Carstens had 287 points in 14 games. Carstens led the CCIW in free throw percentage at .871 in league play (135-155) and he was 10th in assists with an average of 2.29 per game. He was 11th in steals (1.14 spg) and 11th in three point field goal percentage at .400 (24-60) while finishing fifth in three point field goals made per game at 1.71.
Carstens added to his honors in the post season when he was named to the D3hoops.com NCAA Division III All-American team in the middle of March. He was a fourth team selection and becomes the first Augustana men's basketball player to gain All-American honors since the 1992-93 season when both Aben Cooper and Kirk Anderson were selected off the Vikings team that finished second in the nation.
Viking junior Mike Nee (
Nee was a steady contributor all season long for the Vikings. He averaged 10.8 points per game in CCIW play, good for 17th in the scoring race and he was sixth in the league in field goal percentage at .526 (61-116) and fourth in three point field goal percentage at .467 (14-30).
Besides Carstens, Augustana had two other individual leaders in the final CCIW statistics as center Adam Rue (
While Carstens was topping the league in free throw percentage, freshman Brian Allured (
As a team the Vikings finished first in scoring offense (80.2 per game), rebounding (39.1 per game), rebounding margin (+5.4) and assists (14.64 per game).
Giovanine just finished his third year at Augustana and has compiled a record of 44-31. His first team in 1999-2000 was 10-15 overall and 4-10 in the CCIW while his 2000-01 club went 17-8 overall and 9-5 in league play. This season his team went once again finished 17-8 overall and 9-5 in the conference, which was good enough for a second place finish. In his three seasons as coach Giovanine has posted a 22-20 record in CCIW play. He came to the Vikings after a six-year stint at
2001-02 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF