Augustana's Orange ready for another shot
Chrishawn Orange might be done making game-winning shots this season, but he's not done pulling down honors.
The Augustana Vikings sophomore guard has been named to the D3hoops.com All-America Fourth Team, Augustana's athletic website reported recently.
That honor put the capper on a run for Orange that included hitting winning shots in the NCAA Division III national tournament and leading the Vikings to the national title game.
“It was nice; it was really cool,” Orange told the Rock Island Today. “I give credit to the coaching staff, my teammates for having confidence in me.”
Orange was the only non-senior on the four All-America teams and honorable mention selections.
Last season, the Algonquin, Illinois, native and Jacobs High School alum averaged 14.9 points and 3.3 rebounds a game, to go with 56 season assists and 39 steals. He made 51.1 percent of his field goal tries and 42.3 percent of his three-point shots.
As good as his regular season was, Orange took it up a notch in the postseason, upping his scoring average to 15.3 and his overall shooting percentages to 55 percent. He hit 55.6 percent of his three-point attempts.
The Vikings opened the tourney by beating 2016 national champion St. Thomas, 77-74, on March 3 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The game was tied with 3.7 seconds left and the Vikings had time for one last shot.
“I looked at Coach (Grey Giovanine) and I said, 'I want it,' " Orange said.
Moments later, he won the game with a three-pointer.
In the next round against Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 4, Orange hit a jumper with 1.2 seconds left to lift Augustana to a 72-70 win.
Augustana's postseason run ended in difficult fashion, a 79-78 loss to Babson in the title game on March 18 in Salem, Virginia. Luckily, most of the Vikings will return next season, and Orange said the team is motivated to get back to playing.
“We now know what we can do,” he said.
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