SALEM, Va. — Augustana advanced to the NCAA Division III national championship game in men's basketball Friday, defeating Williams 90-79 in a semifinal game.

The Vikings will face Babson, a 91-85 winner over top-ranked Whitman, in a 5 p.m. title game today at the Salem Civic Center.

Augustana started quick Friday, scoring the game's first 11 points but a 42-34 halftime lead evaporated before a Nolan Ebel three-point basket with 9 minutes, 59 seconds remaining broke a 56-56 tie and move the Vikings (24-8) ahead to stay.

"Our guys over the last five games have proven they belong,'' Augustana coach Grey Giovanine said. "They've earned it.''

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Chrishawn Orange led five Vikings in double figures with a 21-point game. Brett Benning and Nolan Ebel finished with 17 apiece, Dylan Sortillo had 15 to go with a team-high nine rebounds and Jacob Johnston finished with 14.

Daniel Aronowitz led Williams (23-9) with 29 points, including a banked-in three-pointer from just beyond the midcourt stripe to end the first half, part of a 13-0 run which led the Eps back into the game.

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