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February 5, 2011

2010-11 Season - Carthage snaps Viking win streak at 20

Troy Rorer scored 11 points and had three assists Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Vikings from falling 65-58 to Carthage. Augustana is now 20-1 on the season.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - All-American Steve Djurickovic scored 27 points to lead the Carthage Red Men to a 65-58 win over Augustana at Carver Center Saturday night. The loss snaps the Vikings' season-opening win streak at 20.

 Things looked good early for the Vikings as Kyle Nelson (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.), Bryant Voiles (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) and Troy Rorer (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Ill.) combined for 15 points in the first 4:35 of the game and Augustana jumped to a 15-2 lead. Rorer hit a pair of three's, Nelson two baskets inside and Voiles a bucket each from inside and outside the arc.

 Carthage got two baskets each from Djurickovic, Malcom Kelly and Nick Bauch to whittle the lead to 20-15 with 8:48 left in the half. After a Nelson bucket with 6:26 remaining pushed the Viking lead to 26-17, the Red Men went on a 9-2 run capped by a long two-pointer from Mitch Thompson. Voiles knocked down a long three just before the halftime buzzer to give the Vikings a 31-26 edge at the break.

 The Red Men tied the game a minute and a half into the second half on a Djurickovic field goal and a steal and subsequent three-point play by Kelly. Baskets by Nelson and Rorer and a three-pointer from Brian DeSimone (Buffalo Grove HS, Wheeling, Ill.) gave the Vikings a 38-33 lead, but Carthage kept coming, finally taking its first lead of the night 39-38 on another Djurickovic basket with 13:13 left.

 George Dexter scored in the lane to temporarily regain the lead for Augustana, but Djurickovic answered with a field goal to give the Red Men the lead for good.

 After a Kelly hit a three to give Carthage a 46-40 lead, Nelson scored five points in a 7-2 Viking run that cut the margin to 48-47 with 5:12 left. However, Kelly, with a three and Djurickovic with a deuce pushed the lead back to six. A Voiles three with 34 seconds left was the last gasp for the Vikings, cutting it to 59-56, but Carthage was able to put the game away by hitting six of eight free throws the rest of the way-including four straight from Djurickovic.

 Kelly complimented Djurickovic's effort with 17 points. They were the only Red Men to reach double digits. Nelson led the Vikings with 22 points and he grabbed seven rebounds. Voiles added 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots and Rorer joined them in double figures with 11.

 Now 20-1 on the year and 9-1 in the CCIW, the Vikings will look to rebound on Wednesday, February 9 at Wheaton. That game, the first of four straight on the road to end the Vikings' regular season, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.