Jan. 31, 1997
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Men's Basketball : Winning streak comes to an end
Vic Quick 1/31/97
Putting an end to the three-game winning streak, the Concordia menās basketball team fell the Gustavus Wednesday night, 45-65. The loss puts the Cobbers 5-7 in the MIAC, 5-9 overall.
Leading the Cobbers in scoring were senior guard Greg Dean and junior forward Brett Klabo, each bringing in 11 points.
Earlier this week, the team defeated Hamline 72-59. According to head coach Duane Siverson, each win created a momentum that was missing during the early season.
"I think that the difference is that now they believe they can win," he said.
At half-time, the game was tied at 26, but in the second half, Concordia took over, scoring 26 points and allowing Hamline only four.
"We picked up a notch defensively in the second half. Whenever we play good defensively, it gets our offense going," said senior forward Daimen Crump, who led the team with 19 points.
Despite the win, Siverson still sees room for improvement.
"I thought we were too anxious offensively the first half," he said. According to Siverson, Dean is a strong asset to the team. Against Hamline, Dean brought in seven points, nine assists and 11 steals.
"Teams canāt do what they normally do against Greg. Itās not something that we taught him; itās just instinctive," Siverson said.
On Saturday, Concordia defeated MIAC powerhouse St. Johnās 75-71. Crump led the team again with 23 points. Senior forward Kevin Pearson brought in 17 points, going five for five on free-throws. Tomorrow, the Cobbers host Carleton at 7:30 p.m.
Against St. Benās on Jan. 25, the Cobbers kept the game going down to the wire, but in the end, the Blazers came out on top, defeating Concordia 69-68. Concordia controlled the first half of the game and going into the half, led 34-30. With 2:50 left to play in the game, Concordia was still leading 65-60. St. Benās rallied, sinking a three-pointer at the 2:00 mark and then, less than a minute later, sinking a lay-up, putting them ahead.
In the last 55 seconds, junior Cobber center Leah Sonstelie sunk two free-throws. The next two offensive drives by Concordia failed to give the Cobbers the lead. Sonstelie led the Cobbers in scoring, bringing in 20 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Ann Mehrkens followed with ten points and ten rebounds. Senior guard Mindy Schirm also contributed ten points and added five rebounds.
Against Bethel on Jan. 23, the Cobbers fared no better, losing 50-55. In this game, the Cobbers struggled to get ahead, falling behind 30-18 at the half, unable to regain a solid lead. In this game, Holly Zollar led the team with 15 points and 8 rebounds, followed by freshman guard Steffi Backer with nine points and eight rebounds.
Also bringing in big points were sophomore center Nichole Walla with eight points and six rebounds and Mehrkens with seven points and eight rebounds.
Currently, Concordia is ranked fourth in the MIAC. Tomorrow, they will host Carleton.
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