Nathan Kuck puts up a 3-point shot during a 90-82 loss to Augsburg on Saturday night at the Skoglund Center.
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Auggies hold off Ole men

Michael Abdella
January 12, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Augsburg held off a second half Ole rally to defeat the St. Olaf men's basketball team 90-82 on Saturday afternoon at the Skoglund Center.

Augsburg (11-2, 6-2 MIAC) made 12 of their first 14 shots from the field and shot 17-24 (70.8 percent), as they led by as many as 13 in the first half. However, early in the second half St. Olaf (5-8, 4-4 MIAC) trimmed the lead to one by opening the half on a 11-2 run. Back-to-back jumpers by Connor Gunderson capped the run that left the deficit at just 53-52 with 16:50 left.

Neither team led by more than six as the teams traded leads. A layup by Sterling Nielsen got the Oles within one with 3:06 remaining but Augsburg's Dan Kornbaum responded with five straight points, highlighted by three-point play off a dunk. The Auggies made their final six free throws in the final 67 seconds to seal the win.

After early foul trouble, Kornbaum did most of his damage in the second half and finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-10 shooting. Brett Rasmussen was 9-14 from the field to record 21 points. Noah Veach and Tyler Schmidt were also in double figures with 17 and 14, respectively.

Nielsen led the Oles with 23 points and made 11 of 15 shots from the field. Gunderson added 17 and Josh Pratt had 12 points and eight boards for St. Olaf. Gunderson was 7-12 shooting and handed out a team-high four assists.

Augsburg cooled off in the second half but still shot at a 60.4 percent clip for the game. The Oles shot over 53 percent in both halves and finished at 54.8 percent. The Auggies were nearly perfect at the free throw line, making 26 of 28 attempts (92.9 percent).

St. Olaf hosts St. Thomas and Saint Mary's on Monday and Wednesday nights.

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