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Men’s basketball falls in sweet sixteen

Jordan Cannon dribbles the ball down the court for the Knights in Friday night’s sweet sixteen game. -Sports Information photo

The Wartburg Knights (21-10) lost to Augustana (22-8) 80-69 Friday night.

The game was the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA DIII national tournament and was held in Holland, Michigan at Hope College.

The match-up was a tale of two halves for the Knights as they took an early lead and held a 36-33 lead at halftime after Augustana hit a 3 point buzzer beater.

The second half did not go the same way as the Vikings outscored them 47-33 in the second half.

Top shooter for Wartburg was Jordan Cannon with 17 points. Jaran Sabus also hit 13 points. Cannon and Sabus also had 5 rebounds each.

“I’m really proud of the guys and the run they’ve put together here recently,” head coach Dick Peth said.

“I’m really happy for the team, but really ecstatic for the seniors and the way they could go out playing in the sweet sixteen,” Peth said.

“It’s been a great experience. My plan was just to take us as far as we could,” Jordan Cannon said.

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