Augustana College printing logo

April 1, 2003


2002-03 MBB REVIEW


Vikings win first CCIW title in 10 years and finish with 20-5 overall record; Drew Carstens named first team NCAA Division III All-American


With a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin men’s basketball title on the line, the Augustana Vikings of fourth year head coach Grey Giovanine were not about to let a little thing like a road trip into a hostile environment get in the way. On Saturday night, March 1, in a packed North Park University gymnasium, Giovanine’s team put on a clinic in terms of not letting a golden opportunity slip away. Augustana controlled the game throughout and pounded North Park into submission to the tune of a 93-78 Viking victory.


With the win, Augustana ended a 10 year drought between championships in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. The Vikings put the finishing touches on a 20-5 overall season and an 11-3 campaign in the league, tying for the top spot with Illinois Wesleyan and Carthage. It is the first three way tie in the CCIW’s 57 year history. The CCIW championship is the first for Augustana since Steve Yount’s 1992-93 team went 12-2 en route to a 24-7 record and a second place finish in the NCAA Division III Final Four.


Illinois Wesleyan earned the CCIW’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament by virtue of the league’s tiebreaker. Illinois Wesleyan, Carthage and Augustana each split with the other during the season but against the fourth place team in the league, which was Wheaton, the Titans were 2-0 while Augustana and Carthage went 1-1. Neither Carthage, nor Augustana, received one of seven at-large berths into the 48 team field.


Not making the playoffs does not diminish at all the achievement of Giovanine’s club, which went into the final game of the season without two of its top four leading scorers. Starting center Shaun Clements (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, IL) was averaging 13.7 points and a team leading 6.5 rebounds per game when he suffered a season ending knee injury on February 12 in a 72-58 road win at Elmhurst. As if that wasn’t enough, Joe Baumann (Carmel HS, Mundelein, IL), the starter at small forward for the last five games and the team’s fourth leading scorer at 7.5 points per game, came up with an infection in his knee from a floor burn suffered in an 89-59 victory over Millikin on February 23. He was unable to play in the title-deciding game against North Park.


Fortunately for the Vikings, there was nothing wrong with Drew Carstens (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, IL). Carstens, who took just three shots in the blowout home victory against Millikin a week earlier, was unstoppable on Saturday night.


He burned North Park for 38 points with nine of 18 from the field, including four of nine from three point range, and 16 of 17 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds, had three assists and two steals. Carstens finished the season with 485 points in 25 games, an average of 19.4 points per game.


The CCIW title is the ninth in men’s basketball history at Augustana. The other league titles owned by the Vikings came in 1963, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982 and 1983.


It was a fitting end for five seniors who came on the scene in the fall of 1999, arriving at the same time that Giovanine did. The quintet of Mike Nee (York HS, Elmhurst, IL), Adam Rue (Putnam County HS, Granville, IL), Brent Wills (Oregon HS, Oregon, IL), Mike Passananti (Lyons Township HS, Western Springs, IL) and Brian Hisel (McHenry HS, McHenry, IL) bought into the Giovanine system and provided valuable leadership throughout their collective careers. Nee and Passananti served as captains for 2002-03.


After a 10-15 record (4-10 in the CCIW) in 1999-00, this group saw a marked improvement as sophomores with a 17-8 overall record and a 9-5 ledger in the league. As juniors they helped the Vikings to another 17-8/9-5 year and that set the tone for this season’s 20-5/11-3 mark. In four years they helped the Blue & Gold compile a record of 64-36 (.640) overall and 33-23 (.589) in the CCIW.


One of their biggest legacies was the re-establishment of the Carver Physical Education Center as one of the toughest places in the conference to play. In their four years with the Vikings, the group of Nee, Rue, Wills, Passanant and Hisel helped compile an overall record of 38-8 (.826) and a CCIW record of 22-6 (.786). In the last three years Augustana was 31-3 (.911) overall and 18-3 (.857) in league play.



Giovanine is in his fourth year at Augustana and in his first three seasons he compiled a record of 44-31. His first team was 10-15 overall and 4-10 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin while his last two seasons put together back to back 17-8 overall records and 9-5 marks in league play. In the CCIW, Giovanine had posted a 22-20 record heading into the 2002-03. He came to the Vikings after a six year stint at Lamar University where he was 80-85 with the Cardinals but after going 33-48 his first three years, his last three teams had a record of 47-37. His overall collegiate record is 144-121 and at Augustana he is 64-36 overall and 33-23 in the CCIW.



                                                        OVERALL                                         SUN BELT CONFERENE

YEAR                                              WON           LOSS          .PCT           WON          LOSS          .PCT           SCHOOL

1993-94                                           10               17               .370            6                 12               .333            Lamar

1994-95                                           11               16               .407            6                 12               .333            Lamar

1995-96                                           12               15               .444            7                 11               .389            Lamar

1996-97                                           15               12               .556            10               8                 .556            Lamar

1997-98                                           15               14               .517            7                 11               .389            Lamar

1998-99                                           17               11               .607            11               7                 .611            Lamar

LAMAR TOTALS                           80               85              .485           47              61               .435          


1999-00                                           10               15               .400            4                 10               .285            Augustana

2000-01                                           17               8                 .680            9                 5                 .642            Augustana

2001-02                                           17               8                 .680            9                 5                 .642            Augustana

2002-03                                           20               5                 .800            11               3                 .786            Augustana

AUGUSTANA TOTALS                  64               36              .640           33              23               .589          

CAREER                                          144            121            .543                                                                   


The Vikings won the ninth CCIW championship in school history in 2002-03, joining eight other squads that have won the title while wearing the blue & gold. Listed below are the Augustana teams that have won (or shared) the conference crown.



1962-63      18-6 .750                   13-1 .929              Lenny Kallis

1970-71      20-6 .769                   12-4 .750              Jim Borcherding

1971-72      25-4 .862                   14-2 .875              Jim Borcherding

1972-73      29-2 .936                   16-0 1.000            Jim Borcherding

1973-74      25-4 .862                   15-1 .938              Jim Borcherding

1980-81      25-6 .806                   15-1 .938              Jim Borcherding

1981-82      22-6 .786                   13-3 .813              Jim Borcherding

1992-93      24-7 .774                   12-2 .857              Steve Yount

2002-03      20-5 .800                   11-3 .786              Grey Giovanine


The final College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin statistics are in from the 2002-03 season and Augustana produced two individual leaders…Junior Bill Goehrke (Hoffman Estates HS, Hanover Park, IL) finished first in field goal percentage with a mark of .658 (52-79) and senior Adam Rue (Putnam County HS, Granville, IL) led the league in blocked shots at 2.50 per game (35 in 14 games). Drew Carstens (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, IL) finished second in scoring with 275 points in 14 games for a 19.6 per game average.


Despite missing three games at the end of the year, Shaun Clements (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, IL) wound up ninth in rebounding with a 6.3 average (69 rebounds in 11 games). Jim Thomas (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, IL) was third in assists with a mark of 3.64 per game (51 in 14). Joe Baumann (Carmel HS, Mundelein, IL) finished third in free throw percentage with a mark of .853 (29 of 34) while Carstens was ninth at .800 (88 of 110). Carstens was third in three point field goal percentage at .408 (31-76) and fifth in steals at 1.50 (21 in 14). He was also fourth in three point field goals made at 2.21 per game (31 in 14). Thomas was second in assist/turnover ratio at 1.55 (3.6 assists to 2.4 turnovers per game).


As a team the Vikings led the CCIW in scoring offense with an average of 76.6 points per game (1072 in 14 games), scoring margin at 9.8 per game (76.6 to 66.8), rebounding at 39.2 per game (549 in 14 games), rebounding margin at 6.4 per game (39.2 for as opposed to 32.8 against), field goal percentage defense at .402 (311 of 773) and blocked shots at 3.50 per game (49 in 14 games).




Drew Carstens (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, IL) finished the season with 485 points, the 15th highest total in Augustana history. He now has scored 1,337 points in his career and has moved into seventh place on the school’s all time list. He was a first team NCAA Division III All-American by and for the second consecutive year was a unanimous first team all-conference selection.



CCIW TEAM CHAMPIONS: 11-3 record for first league title since 1993


CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: Drew Carstens (1st team) and Shaun Clements (2nd team)

CAREER 1000 POINT CLUB: Drew Carstens – finished season with 1,337 points – scored his 1000th career point in 95-47 victory over Eureka on December 22.

CARVER PE CENTER RECORD – FREE THROW ATTEMPTS: 25, Drew Carstens vs. Coe on 11/27/02

CARVER PE CENTER RECORD – FREE THROWS MADE: 20, Drew Carstens vs. Coe on 11/27/02

TEAM MVP: Drew Carstens


TOP REBOUNDER: Shaun Clements


CCIW LEADER – FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: .658 (52-79) Bill Goehrke

CCIW LEADER – BLOCKED SHOTS: 2.50 per game (35 in 14 games) Adam Rue



Final Conference Standings


                       |------CONFERENCE-------| |--------OVERALL--------|

STANDINGS              W-L     Pct    PF    PA   W-L     Pct    PF    PA

Augustana College...  11-3    .786  76.6  66.8  20-5    .800  80.5  67.7

Illinois Wesleyan...  11-3    .786  75.4  69.6  22-6    .786  77.3  68.1

Carthage............  11-3    .786  72.3  62.7  19-6    .760  74.7  62.2

Wheaton.............   9-5    .643  74.1  69.8  18-7    .720  75.8  68.0

Elmhurst............   6-8    .429  69.9  72.5  11-14   .440  69.8  70.7

North Central.......   4-10   .286  75.4  82.1   8-17   .320  74.8  79.8

North Park..........   2-12   .143  75.5  83.4  12-13   .480  79.4  79.9

Millikin............   2-12   .143  65.6  77.9   7-18   .280  71.2  78.6


  2002-03 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin All-Conference Team


First Team

Player                                      School                                      Pos.      Ht.        Yr.        Hometown (High School)

*Drew Carstens                      Augustana                               G          6-2        Jr.        Downers Grove, IL (North)

*Joel Kolmodin                         Wheaton                                 C          6-8        Jr.        Borculo, MI (Unity Christian)

Rob Garnes                             Carthage                                 F           6-4        Sr.        Rolling Meadows, IL (Rolling Meadows)

Luke Kasten                             Illinois Wesleyan                      F           6-7        Sr.        Coffeen, IL (Hillsboro)

Antoine McDaniel                     Carthage                                 G          6-2        Sr.        Schaumburg, IL (Schaumburg)


Second Team

Player                                      School                                      Pos.      Ht.        Yr.        Hometown (High School)

Wayne Bosworth                     Elmhurst                                  G          6-1        Jr.        Ingleside, IL (Grant)

Jon Camardella                        Illinois Wesleyan                      F           6-4        Sr.        Arlington Heights, IL (Hersey)

Shaun Clements                      Augustana                               C          6-6        Jr.        Lake Zurich, IL (Lake Zurich)

Nate Collord                            Wheaton                                 G          5-10      Sr.        Bothell, WA (Henry Jackson)

Sneed Deaderick                     North Park                               F           6-5        Sr.        Chicago, IL (DeLasalle)


Third Team

Player                                      School                                      Pos.      Ht.        Yr.        Hometown (High School)

Steven Holder                         Elmhurst                                  F           6-3        Sr.        Chicago, IL (Chicago Vocational)

Seth Hubbard                          Illinois Wesleyan                      C          6-7        Sr.        Normal, IL (University High)

Jon Nielson                              Wheaton                                 G          6-0        So.       Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Academy)

Theo Powell                             Carthage                                 C          6-7        Jr.        Streamwood, IL (Streamwood)

Mike Wilson                              North Central                          G          6-3        So.       Naperville, IL (Naperville Central)

* - Denotes unanimous decision


Fred Young “Most Outstanding Player” - Joel Kolmodin, Wheaton

CCIW Coach of the Year - Scott Trost, Illinois Wesleyan