March 26, 2016

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Daniel Jansen thought briefly that his senior season at Augustana would end three days too early.

But on Saturday, Jansen scored 25 points and added nine rebounds to lead the South Dakota school to the NCAA Division II championship, 90-81 over top-ranked Lincoln Memorial of Tennessee.

Jansen had injured his left foot in practice Tuesday, a day before the Vikings began play in the Elite Eight. In Wednesday's quarterfinals, he watched from the bench as Tarleton State led by eight points at halftime before the Vikings rallied to win.

''I still go back to our win over Tarleton State without Dan,'' Augustana coach Tom Billeter said. ''That's unbelievable. Take the (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Player of the Year off any team and have that team step up, that was a huge, huge win for us.''

Jansen didn't start but played 17 minutes in Thursday's semifinal victory over Western Oregon. He played all but 4 minutes against Lincoln Memorial.

After Augustana built a 14-point lead at 62-48. LMU's Emanuel Terry scored seven points to cut the lead to five at 64-59.

Then Jansen made two free throws and a three-point play. Terry left with his fourth foul with 10:26 remaining, allowing Schilling and Jansen to dominate inside.

''They were hitting shots. I think that's the difference between this team and last year's team,'' Jansen said. ''If we let a team go on a run, we'd just crack and falter. This year really showed our maturity as a team. They threw their punch, and now it's our turn to throw our punch.''

The Vikings (34-2) won their first national title by outrebounding Lincoln Memorial 42-36 and making 21 of 27 free throws. LMU (34-3) was only 9 for 18 from the line, and the 6-foot-9 Terry and 6-5 Dorian Pinson fouled out.

Alex Richter scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half. He made all four 3-point attempts, two in each half.

''They gave me some good looks,'' Richter said. ''My first 3 was wide open in transition. I was a little surprised to be that open.''

Casey Schilling added 20 points and 19 rebounds. He scored eight points early in the second half to help second-seeded Augustana take an eight-point lead after Lincoln Memorial pulled to 45-43.

Gerel Simmons led Lincoln Memorial with 21 points. Terry and Jalen Steele had 15 each, and Pinson finished with 13.

Augustana won its 15th straight game.

TIP-INS

Augustana: Schilling finished with 15 or more points and 15 or more rebounds for the seventh time in his career. . The Vikings took a 15-point halftime lead and used all 14 players on their roster in their 74-55 semifinal victory. ... This was the second time in the 60-year history of Division II championships that the top two seeds met for the title. No. 1 Old Dominion beat New Orleans 76-74 in 1975. . Jansen, Schilling and Richter are seniors. Levi Jansen, Daniel's younger brother, will be a freshman for the Vikings next season.

Lincoln Memorial: The Railsplitters' loss ended a 24-game winning streak, including a 103-102 semifinal win over West Liberty on Thursday. Simmons and Steele are LMU's only senior starters. ... No. 1 seeds are 9-6 in Division II championship games

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