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March 15, 2009


Vikings finish 2008-09 season with 18-8 overall record and 9-5 mark in CCIW; Augustana streak of consecutive weeks ranked in NCAA Division III top 25 reaches 56 before it ends

One thing that has been a hallmark of Grey Giovanine coached teams at Augustana has been tenacious defense and relentless rebounding and both of those staples carried the Vikings in the 2008-09 season. Some nagging injuries kept Giovanine busy with trying to find the right combination in a season that ended with an 18-8 overall record. Augustana was 9-5 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and placed third in the league standings.

Through it all the Vikings defended and rebounded like they always have and the result was success as usual. Augustana was coming off three straight outright CCIW titles and two consecutive conference tournament championships. The Blue & Gold had also been participants in three straight NCAA Division III tournaments. While all of those streaks ended in 2008-09, it was still a tremendous season in the Carver Center.

The Vikings made it awfully tough on opposing offenses, limiting foes to just 61.4 points per game and .432 (588-1362) shooting from the floor, including just .334 (145-434) from three point range. In 20 of the 26 games they held the opponent to 65 points or less. They outrebounded their opponents 35.2 to 30.0 with senior Chandlor Collins (Thornridge HS, Dolton, Ill.) leading the way with a 9.8 average.

The season began with Augustana ranked second in NCAA Division III and the first home game of the year was a classic “one vs. two” matchup. After opening the year with wins at Simpson (82-79) and Chicago (58-57), the Vikings entertained Washington on November 22. It was a special night in the Carver Center as the building opened its 38 th season with a new look and a game for the ages.

Over the summer a new, center-hung scoreboard was installed and the old wooden bleachers were torn out and replaced with state of the art, plastic seats. On the North side, behind the scorer’s table, chair back seats were in place and the building had the look of a new facility. There couldn’t have been a better game to start things off as the Vikings and the Bears, defending NCAA Division III national champions, hooked up in a classic. Less than nine months earlier Washington had defeated the Vikings 70-67 in overtime in the final of the regional and eventually went on to win the national title. The game to tip off the “new-look” Carver was just as good, again going into overtime before Washington prevailed 87-82.

The Vikings would lose just once more, 61-54 at Wisconsin-LaCrosse, in the non-conference portion of the schedule. Heading into CCIW action, Augustana was 9-2 and set to defend its league title. Home court wins over North Park (70-53) and Elmhurst (56-55) gave the Vikings a 2-0 start. Road trips to Carthage and Wheaton resulted in a pair of losses and a 2-2 mark heading into a home game against North Central on January 17. Augustana prevailed 80-63 and that kicked off a four game winning streak.

With a 15-4 overall record and a 6-2 record in the CCIW, a homecourt showdown with Wheaton loomed on January 31. The Thunder got the best of the Vikings 64-55 and that was followed by a tough 65-63 loss at Elmhurst on February 4. Suddenly, the three time defending league champions were struggling to make it into the top four and a spot in the conference tournament. With four games left on the schedule, every contest was important and Giovanine’s crew came through with victories in three of those to secure the third seed in the conference tournament.

Played at Wheaton, the CCIW tournament provided the opportunity for the Vikings to play their way into the NCAA tournament. Despite a tremendous individual performance from Collins, who hauled in a CCIW tournament record 20 rebounds, Augustana fell to Elmhurst 59-53 to end its season.

It was a tough pill to swallow, especially for six seniors who had been instrumental for a tremendous run of success. Collins, Justin Bertrand (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), Jordan Delp (Mount Carroll HS, Mount Carroll, Ill.), Brett Wessels (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa), Alex Washington (Wheeling HS, Wheeling, Ill.) and Jeff Becker (Walther Lutheran HS, Maywood, Ill.) finished their careers with quite a legacy. Delp was actually a fifth year senior, having had his first senior season in 2007-08 cut short due to injury and Wessels had transferred in from the University of Iowa prior to his junior year. Bertrand, Washington, Collins and Becker started in the program as freshmen in 2005-06.

In the four years between 2005-06 and 2008-09, Augustana fashioned a record of 87-26 (.769) overall and 42-14 (.750) in the CCIW. The Vikings won CCIW titles in 2005-06, 2006-7 and 2007-08 and finished third in 2008-09 and they won the CCIW tournament in 2006-07 and 2007-08. They also participated in three straight NCAA tournaments.

Almost lost was the fact that Augustana was ranked in the top 25 of NCAA Division III by for an incredible 56 consecutive weeks. The streak started in the first week of the 2005-06 campaign and ended in week 11 of the 2008-09 season. Since D3hoops began rankings in 2000-01, Giovanine’s team has been ranked in the top 25 a total of 67 weeks and has been in either the top 25 or “others receiving votes” in 105 out of a possible 141 weeks. Truly a remarkable testimony to the strength and overall depth of the program.

Augustana has now enjoyed nine consecutive seasons with at least 16 overall wins and the Vikings have never won fewer than nine games (out of a possible 14) in the CCIW. They have won four league titles, finished second twice, third once and fourth twice.

The Carver Center has always been a tough place for opponents to play and Augustana has fashioned an impressive 388-97 (.800) record overall and a 224-63 (.780) mark in CCIW action. The seniors on this team went 50-8 (.862) overall and 26-2 (.929) in the CCIW at home since 2005-06.

There was no single offensive standout this year as Wessels led the team in scoring with a 10.6 average and a total of eight players averaged at least 5.4 points per game. The Vikings shot just .462 (682-1475) from the floor as injuries claimed starters Delp, Wessels and Bertrand for a total of nine games during the year.

Augustana led the CCIW in five statistical categories: scoring defense (60.9 ppg)…field goal percentage defense (.433)…rebounding (34.6 rpg)…steals (6.14 spg)…offensive rebounds (10.83 orpg). Collins was a first team all-conference selection and junior Matt Pelton (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) made the second team. Wessels was a third team pick.

Collins swept the post season team awards as he was the MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Best Rebounder. He actually shared the Defensive Player of the Year with Washington for the second year in a row. Collins led the CCIW in rebounding (9.6 rpg), blocked shots (2.50 bpg), offensive rebounds (2.86 orpg) and defensive rebounds (6.71 drpg).

Giovanine completed his 10 th season at the helm of the Vikings and he has a career record of 183-79 (.698) and a CCIW mark of 91-42 (.684). Prior to coming to Augustana he spent six seasons at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he was 80-85 (.485). His overall collegiate head coaching record is 263-164 (.615). He has been CCIW “Coach of the Year” three times and NCAA Division III “Coach of the Year” in Illinois four times.






























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February 27-28 at King Arena

Wheaton College – Wheaton, Illinois

Semifinals – Friday, February 27, 2009

#2 Elmhurst 59, #3 Augustana 53

#1 Wheaton 77, #4 North Central 66


Championship – Saturday, February 28, 2009

#1 Wheaton 67, #2 Elmhurst 63



NCAA DIVISION III FINAL RANKING: Augustana was in the “others receiving votes”…During the 2008-09 season the Vikings extended their streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25 to 56…That streak started in the first week of the 2005-06 season and went through the 10 th week of the 2008-09 season before they fell out.

ALL-TIME D3HOOPS NATIONAL RANKING: There have been 141 weeks of ranking by since the start of the 2000-01 season…During that time Augustana has been ranked in the top 25 a total of 67 weeks…The Vikings have either been in the top 25 or in the “others receiving votes” category 105 out of those possible 141 weeks.

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: Chandlor Collins (First Team)…Matt Pelton (Second Team)…Brett Wessels (Third Team)

CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Augustana led the CCIW in five statistical categories: scoring defense (60.9 ppg)…field goal percentage defense (.433)…rebounding (34.6 rpg)…steals (6.14 spg)…offensive rebounds (10.83 orpg)

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Chandlor Collins led the CCIW in four statistical categories: rebounding (9.6 rpg)…blocked shots (2.50 bpg)…offensive rebounds (2.86 orpg)…defensive rebounds (6.71 drpg)

CCIW TOURNAMENT INDIVIDUAL RECORD – MOST REBOUNDS: Chandlor Collins with 20 in 59-53 loss to Elmhurst.


Most Outstanding Player: Chandlor Collins

Best Defender: Chandlor Collins & Alex Washington

Leading Rebounder: Chandlor Collins

2008-09 Captains: Jordan Delp, Chandlor Collins, and Matt Pelton

2009-10 Captains-Elect: Bryant Voiles & Matt Pelton

Junior Varsity MVP: Drew Croegaert