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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2850
President : Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur
Athletic Director: Dr. Larry Papenfuss
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Stadium: Memorial Auditorium (3,150)
Press Box Phone:  None

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Concordia Men's Basketball Information

Concordia Men's Basketball History
First year of men's basketball: 1922-23 
All-time play-off record: 4-4 
Years in post-season play: 4 
Last post-season appearance: 2003-04 / Result: Lost to Macalester in MIAC Semifinals 
All-time record: 816-1033

Men's Basketball Staff
Head Coach:  Duane Siverson 
Alma Mater/Year: Yankton College/1978 
Record at school (years): 148-173 (13) 
Career record: 313-211 
Head Coach's office phone: 218-299-4160 
Head Coach's e-mail:
Best time/day to reach coach: 10am-2pm 

Assistant Coaches: 
John Whartnaby/Temple University 
Troy Odegaard/Dakota Wesleyan University/’86 

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2003-04 Results and MIAC Standings

2003-04 Cobber Results
Date Opponent/Box Score Site Time/Result
Nov. 21 Mayville State Away W 109-82
Nov. 28 Dana College Home W 92-63
Nov. 29 St. Olaf Home W 80-68
Dec. 1 MSU-Moorhead Away L 57-63
Dec. 6 Gustavus Away L 56-76
Dec. 8 St. John's Home W 79-71
Dec. 13 Macalester Home L 68-78
Dec. 19 Mayville State Home W 85-67
Jan. 3 Bethel Away L 71-78
Jan. 5 St. Thomas Home W 55-51
Jan. 7 Carleton Away W 60-59
Jan. 14 Hamline Away W 77-72 
Jan. 17 Augsburg Away W 69-56
Jan. 19 St. Mary's Home W 75-57
Jan. 21 St. Olaf Away W 68-64
Jan. 24 Gustavus Home L 54-72
Jan. 28 St. John's Away W 69-68
Jan. 31 Macalester Away L 75-86
Feb. 2 Bethel Home W 93-95
Feb. 4 St. Thomas Away W 64-61 
Feb. 7 Carleton Home W 78-57
Feb. 9 St. Mary's Away W 87-66
Feb. 14 Hamline Home W 87-47
Feb. 18 Augsburg Home L 67-68
Feb. 24 St. Thomas
MIAC Playoffs - 1st Round
Home W 74-61
Feb. 26 Macalester
MIAC Semifinals
Away L 65-79

Final Overall Record: 18-8
Final MIAC Record: 14-6 (3rd Place)

2003-04 MIAC Men's Basketball Race
School MIAC All Str Home Away
Gustavus 18-2#% 22-6 L1 12-2 10-4
Macalester 16-4 18-9 L1 11-2 7-7
Concordia 14-6 18-8 L1 10-3 8-5
Bethel 13-7 19-8 L1 11-3 8-5
Carleton 12-8 15-11 L2 8-5 7-6
St. Thomas  9-11 11-15 L3 5-6 6-9
St. Olaf 7-13 10-15 W3 5-6 5-9
St. John's 6-14 8-17 L6 4-6 4-11
St. Mary's 6-14 7-18 W2 4-7 3-12
Augsburg 5-15 9-16 W1 4-7 5-9
Hamline 3-17 6-19 L14 3-9 3-10
# Clinched MIAC Regular Season Championship
% Earned Automatic Berth to NCAA Tournament

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Concordia Series  Records
Opponent      W  L   Series Started
Augsburg      58 70  1924
Bethel        18 32  1977
Carleton      22 25  1933
Gustavus      52 85  1922
Hamline       48 73  1922
Macalester    77 62  1922
St. John’s    59 84  1922
St. Mary’s    63 51  1929
St. Olaf      50 47  1922
St. Thomas    45 94  1922

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2004-05 Team Information

2004-05 Cobber Schedule
Date Opponent/Box Score Site Time/Result
Nov. 22 Mayville State Home 7:30pm
Nov. 26-27 Colorado College Tournament Colo. Springs
Nov. 26 Colorado College 6:00pm
Nov. 27 TBA 1:00/3:00pm
Dec. 1 St. John's Away 7:30pm
Dec. 4 Gustavus Away 3:00pm
Dec. 9 St. Mary's Away 7:30pm
Dec. 11 St. Olaf Away 3:00pm
Dec. 14 UM-Morris Away 7:00pm
Jan. 3 Macalester Home 7:30pm
Jan. 5 Carleton Home 7:30pm
Jan. 8 NDSU Away 2:00pm
Jan. 12 Augsburg Away 7:30pm
Jan. 15 Bethel Home 3:00pm
Jan. 17 St. Thomas Away 7:30pm
Jan. 19 Hamline Home 7:30pm
Jan. 22 St. John's Home 3:00pm
Jan. 23 St. Mary's Home 3:00pm
Jan. 26 Gustavus Home 7:30pm
Jan. 29 St. Olaf Home 3:00pm
Feb. 2 Macalester Away 7:30pm
Feb. 5 Carleton Away 3:00pm
Feb. 9 Augsburg Home 7:30pm
Feb. 12 Bethel Away 3:00pm
Feb. 16 St. Thomas Home 7:30pm
Feb. 19 Hamline Away 3:00pm

Player & Team Information
Final 2003-04 Overall Record: 18-8
Final 2003-04 MIAC Record: 14-6 (3rd Place)

Letterwinners returning/lost:  8/5
Starters Returning/lost: 2/3

Returning Key Players
Soren Nelson -
2003-04 MIAC All-Conference, 13th in the conference in scoring in league games. He also finished 12th in the MIAC in rebounding (5.4 rpg), 11th in free throw percentage (79.5%) and sixth in blocked shots (20). 
Keith Eckhoff -
Led the team in 3-point FG Pct. (.557) in 2003-04, third on the team in scoring in 2003-04 (11.8).
Jason Miller -
Second on the team in field goal percentage (.583) in 2003-04.

Key Newcomers
- E.J. Adams, C, Fr., Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS, 6-7, 205 
- Anthony Boike, G, Fr., Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy HS, 6-2, 165 Mention
- Luke Linz, F, Fr., Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS, 6-6, 200
- Nate Meichsner, G, Fr., Morris, Minn./Morris Area HS, 5-11, 155 

Key Losses
Joe Bueckers, G 
2003-04 All-MIAC Honorable Mention, second in the nation and led the MIAC in free throw percentage in 2003-04 (95.2), third in the MIAC assists in 2003-04 (73).
Josh Downey, G 
2003-04 All-MIAC, led the team in scoring in 2003-04 (15.1)  and 3-point field goals made (2.5).
Nate Ohme, G 
2003-04 MIAC All-Defensive Team, seventh in the MIAC in assist-to-turnover ratio and 11th in steals in 2003-04.

2004-05 Season Outlook:
The saying goes that you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar. And after last year’s “sweet” season, where the Cobber men’s basketball team finished third in the regular season and advanced to the MIAC semifinals, Concordia head coach Duane Siverson was able to attract a quality group of first-year fliers to go along with his swarm of top-notch returning players. The 2004-05 roster features eight freshmen on the team, the most in program history.

The biggest buzz for the Cobbers in 2004-05 will be made underneath the basket. Concordia returns 2003-04 MIAC All-Conference forward Soren Nelson (Sr., Twin Valley, Minn.). Nelson led the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg)and was second  in scoring last season (14.3 ppg). He was 13th in the conference in scoring in league games. He also finished 12th in the MIAC in rebounding, 11th in free throw percentage (79.5%) and sixth in blocked shots (20). His ability to score inside and then step outside and hit the open 3-point jumper makes him a tough player to guard for any opposing team. 

However, the center position, once thought to be a strength of the Cobbers in 2004-05, is now the biggest question mark as senior Chris Wermerson (Watertown, S.D.) went down with a knee injury in preseason training and is lost for the season.  Wermerson was second on the team in rebounds (5.0rpg), offensive rebounds (1.6) and blocked shots (10). 

Suddenly pushed into the fray of giving Concordia an inside presence will be Jason Miller (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) and a pair of highly touted freshmen. Last year Miller came on at the end of the season and helped the Cobbers playoff run. He led the team in field goal percentage (.583) last year, and has the ability to post big numbers on any given night.

The two “diaper dandies” for Concordia’s frontline are E.J. Adams (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn.). At 6-7, Adams has the raw talent and to make an impact immediately. Linz is a 6-6 forward/center whose quickness and athletic ability will help him get quality shots inside. 

Along the perimeter, Concordia will rely on the sharp-shooting of Keith Eckhoff (Jr., Alexandria, Minn.) to replace the scoring chasm left by graduated 3-point artist Josh Downey. Downey earned all-conference honors last season and led the team in scoring (15.1ppg).  He finished fourth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.1%) and fourth in 3-point baskets made (45). 

Eckoff has the pedigree to take over the team’s torch as long-range gunner. He led the team in 3-point field goal percentage last season by connecting on over 55% of his shots from behind the arc. He was used as the team’s “sixth” man last year, but his insertion into the starting lineup, and tireless work ethic, will help him get more looks at the basket and push his 11.8 scoring average from 2003-04 even higher.

Another key for Siverson’s swarm this season will be finding a pair of guards that can run the offense, not turn the ball over in pressure situations and take some of the scoring onus off of Nelson and Eckoff. The guard tandem will have tough wings to fill because of the loss to graduation of Joe Bueckers and Nate Ohme. Bueckers was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team last year. He led the conference in free throw percentage (95.2%) and was second in the nation in that category. He also captained the offense by taking care of the basketball, in 2003-04 he finished second in the MIAC in assist-to-turnover ratio. He was also third in assists (73). Ohme was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He helped Concordia limit MIAC foes to just 65.1 points per game – fifth best in the conference. Led by Ohme, the team’s perimeter defense was ranked third in the MIAC in opposing team’s 3-point field goal percentage (36.0%).

The leading candidates to step into those positions are sophomore David Whartnaby (Fargo, N.D.) and freshmen Anthony Boike (Bloomington, Minn.) and Eric Meichsner (Morris, Minn.). Whartnaby spent 2003-04 studying overseas last season and did not play for the Cobbers. His year of maturity and familiarity with the Concordia system will aid him in helping control the tempo of play and running the Cobber offense. Boike and Meichsner have each shown signs of being ready to handle the tough perimeter defenses in the MIAC. Both players come to Concordia with an outstanding background in running high level offenses.

If Siverson and his swarm can survive the rocky start of the season by potentially having three freshman starting players, then the team has a chance to once again be buzzing around the top of the league in March. 

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