Men’s Basketball Off To A Successful Start
Kevin Sethre, Staff Writer
The men’s basketball team has won five of their first six games, including their first three conference matchups. The Auggies are one of only three teams who are still undefeated in MIAC play.
Augsburg hosted St. Olaf on Dec. 4, and the Auggies used a 39-14 second half run to smoothly pull away and beat the Oles 85-57. Booker Coplin had a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, marking his fourth of the season and 21st double-double of his career. He also led the team with eight assists in the game. Henry Mulligan added a season-high 20 points and shot 5/9 from three-point range. The rest of the Auggies were also great from beyond the arc, making 48% of their threes while holding the visitors to 28% shooting on the night.
Augsburg then hosted Carleton on Dec. 7, and the Knights were able to keep it closer than the Auggies would have liked in the first half. Leading 38-37 at halftime, Augsburg used another long run to open up the second half of play, outscoring Carleton 28-9 during that run and ending the game with a 73-57 victory. The Auggie defense stepped up and cut the Knights field goal percentage from 69.57% in the first half to 33.33% in the second, and Coplin again led the Auggies with 27 points and five rebounds.
Coplin currently leads the MIAC with 25.3 points per game and is third in rebounds per game with 9. The Auggies have enjoyed great production from the bench, led by forward James Streeter, who leads the conference with a 78.3% field goal percentage. Streeter has averaged 7.2 points per game while only playing 11.5 minutes per game. Augsburg is the second-best three-point shooting team in the MIAC at 39.9%, and Matt Carik’s team-leading 52.4% is good for third in the conference. The defense has also played an important role, as the Auggies have held opponents to an average of 63 points per game on 41.2% shooting.
Over the break, Augsburg will travel down to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they will face Shenandoah University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the Puerto Rico Classic.