Kauffman, Wilson see ASU run end [Basketball]

March 16, 2013
Justin Kaufman

Adams State University and its Anchorage connection saw its historic season come to an end today in Denver, spoiling an otherwise super season.

Justin Kauffman, of West High fame, started his first NCAA playoff game in a 95-73 loss to Fort Lewis in the first round of the D2 national tournament.

The 6-foot-2 guard scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his fifth start in 29 games this season.

Adams State finished 20-9 under second-year head coach Louis Wilson, of East High fame.

In two years, Wilson has transformed Adams State from afterthought to awesome.

Before he came on campus the team had played in the NCAA Tournament once. Now they have made back-to-back appearances under the Alaskan.

Better yet, this year was the first time in school history that the team was nationally ranked, reached the 20-win mark and qualified for the NCAAs.

Kauffman did his part in a reserve role, coming off the bench to average 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds while having the fourth-best free throw percentage [.864] in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.