SIOUX FALLS, SD -

No. 18 Augustana University men's basketball had five players in double-figures led by Mike Busack's 16 points in an 80-64 win over Valley City State University on Monday night at the Elmen Center. Augustana improves to 3-0 on the season with the win. Tonight's game was an exhibition contest for Valley City State.

With the win, Augustana head coach Tom Billeter won his 250th career game at Augustana. Billeter owns a career record 347-193, including 250-143 in 14 seasons as the Vikings' head coach.

Busack finished the night 6 of 14 from the field, including hitting a career-high four 3-pointers. He also shared the team-lead with eight rebounds on the night.
John Warren added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings while Adam Beyer pitched in with 13 points and six boards. Zach Huisken and Lucas Walford both added 10 points for the Vikings.

Jordan Spencer scored seven points to go along with 11 assists and four rebounds. The double-digit assist output marked the ninth of Spencer's career.

Augustana out-rebounded Valley City State 45-26, including 19-4 on the offensive glass. Augustana shot 40.6 percent (28 of 69) from the field for the game, including 12 of 29 from 3-point range. Augustana also knocked down 80 percent of its free throws, hitting 12 of 15.

Valley City State was led by Austin Dunbar who finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. Dunbar was 9 of 12 from the field. VCSU shot 46.4 percent (26 of 56) from the field, including 6 of 21 from behind the arc.

Augustana opened up an 8-2 lead just three minutes into the contest as the Vikings put the pressure on Valley City State on the defensive end. The Vikings then went 0 for their next 6 from the field and Valley City State was able to tie the game at 8 on a 3-pointer by Rashad Satahoo with 13:57 remaining in the first half.

Valley City State used an 11-0 run to take a five-point lead at 13-8 before Lucas Walford ended Augustana's drought with an offensive board and a putback. Steven Schaefer knocked down a three in transition on the Vikings' next possession allowing Augustana to tie things up at 15 at the midway point of the half.

With Valley City State leading 20-19 with 6:47 remaining in the half, Mike Busack scored eight straight points for the Vikings, including two 3-pointers, helping Augustana gain a 27-22 lead. Busack's eight-point stretch helped Augustana finish the half on a 17-4 run.

Augustana finished the half shooting 38.9 percent (14 of 36) from the field and the Vikings took a 36-24 lead into halftime. After starting out cold from behind the arc, the Vikings finished the half 4 of 15 from 3-point range. The Vikings hit three from behind the arc in the final six minutes of the half helping build on the lead.

Busack led the Vikings with eight points in the half. Beyer added seven points and five rebounds in the first half while John Warren and Zach Huisken each pitched in with six. Augustana out-rebounded VCSU 24-14 in the first half, grabbing eight offensive boards.

Valley City State was just 9 of 26 from the field in the first half, including 3 of 9 from 3-point range. Jayden Ferguson led VCSU with seven first-half points.

Augustana opened the scoring in the second half but Valley City State went on an 11-3 run over the first 3:45 of the half to cut Augustana's lead from 14 to six. Busack hit another 3-pointer and scored five points in the first three minutes of frame two but VCSU was able to get within six at 41-35 with 15:10 remaining in the game.

Augustana was able to build its lead back up to 10 over the next three minutes of the contest. Spencer was finding open teammates all over the court as he bounced a pass to Walford who slammed it home with two hands and later he tossed a no-look pass over his shoulder to Levi Jansen who knocked down a three to put the Vikings in front 54-44 with 11:27 to play.

Valley City State made it a six-point game at 58-52 with 9:17 to play but Augustana kept attacking the rim and getting to the foul line. Augustana stretched its lead up to 13 on Spencer's first 3-pointer of the night giving his team a 65-52 lead.
VCSU was able to get within nine twice in the final seven minutes of the contest but Augustana pulled away late stretching its lead all the way back up to 16 which would stand as the final margin.

Augustana will now hit the road for an in-region matchup with sixth-ranked Northwest Missouri State on Thursday. The Vikings and Bearcats will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Bearcat Arena on the campus of Northwest Missouri State.