FRISCO, Texas — At least now Iowa can say it lost to a champion.
South Dakota school Augustana, the source of Iowa's first exhibition loss since 2002 this past season, won the NCAA Division II championship 90-81 over top-ranked Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) on Saturday.
Alex Richter scored 26 points and Daniel Jansen had 25 to lead the Vikings.
Casey Schilling added 20 points and 19 rebounds. He scored eight points early in the second half to help second-seeded Augustana take an eight-point lead after Lincoln Memorial pulled to 45-43.
The Vikings (34-2) outrebounded Lincoln Memorial 42-36 and made 21 of 27 free throws. LMU (34-3) was only 9 for 18 from the line, and 6-foot-9 Emanuel Terry and 6-5 Dorian Pinson fouled out.
Gerel Simmons led Lincoln Memorial with 21 points. Terry and Jalen Steele had 15 each, and Pinson finished with 13.
Augustana broke to a 13-4 lead, with Richter providing 10 of the points.
Lincoln Memorial took the lead for the first time at 18-17 on Pinson’s driving layup.
A 3-pointer by Steele brought LMU’s biggest lead at 30-25. Augustana rallied to outscore Lincoln Memorial 10-4 in the last 2:09 of the half, with Schilling’s jump shot beating the buzzer for a 43-38 lead.
Augustana won its 15th straight game.
The Vikings built their lead to 14 points at 62-48. Terry then scored seven points to bring LMU within five at 64-59. He left with his fourth foul with 10:26 remaining, allowing Schilling and Jansen to dominate inside.