Feb. 14, 1997
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Men's Basketball : Dual Wins for Cobbers
Vic Quick 2/14/97
On Monday night, the Concordia men's basketball team barely stayed alive against St. Mary's, squeezing out a 63-61 win.
"They played us physically. The key was that we didn't let down and we stuck with them," said junior forward Jim Gillhouse. "We played tough down the stretch."
The Cobbers started off slowly until senior guard Cornelius Bishop connected on a three-pointer in the first half to give Concordia an 11-6 lead. Concordia led 30-19 at the half.
Against St. Mary's, senior guard Nick Guida earned his first career double-double, meaning he scored in double digits in two categories. Guida netted 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Gillhouse also added to the win with 12 points. Senior forward Daimen Crump helped out with 11 points.
"The key was we didn't get frustrated." said head coach Duane Siverson.
On Saturday night, Concordia played at St. Olaf and won 87-72.
Crump led this time, bringing in 34 points. Gillhouse followed with 16 and senior forward Kevin Pearson added 11.
Concordia is currently in a four-way tie for fourth place in the MIAC with a conference record of 9-7, 10-9 overall. According to Gillhouse, post-season play is still possible for the Cobbers.
"We need to work hard in practice. We have tough games left. We have to play those teams tough," he said.
Siverson believes the team has developed and grown this season.
"I think the difference in our play now is that, more than at the beginning of the year, we're staying focused on keys to win the basketball game. I also think we're playing harder," Siverson said.
The Cobbers, who are on a four-game winning streak, will take on St. Thomas Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.
Double Wins keeps Cobbers going strong for end of season
With the playoff season looming on the horizon , the Concordia women's basketball team pulled together and secured two more conference victories.
Playing at home on Monday, the Cobbers defeated St. Mary's 72-53. Senior guard Mindy Schirm led the team with 15 points and 5 rebounds, completing 7 of 13 attempted field goals.
Junior center Leah Sonstelie checked in with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and senior forward Ann Mehrkens added 11 points and six rebounds to the win.
Concordia dominated most of the game, leading 45-29 at the half, and giving up 21 turnovers to St. Mary's 23.
The Cobbers handed down a 80-47 victory to St. Olaf. This time, the Cobbers were not so dependent on their traditionally strong offense.
"Defensively, we stepped it up. We know the offensive points will come, but defense is where we needed to work hard," said Sonstelie, who led the team with 15 points and five rebounds.
Schirm also helped in the victory with 12 points and two rebounds as did Mehrkens, with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Again the Cobbers led going into the half 38-31, a momentum they kept alive to the end of the game.. Turnovers were kept low, with the Cobbers giving up 17 and St. Olaf turning over 26.
As of Monday, the Cobbers are ranked ninth in the West Region NCAA poll, with the top eight regional teams advancing to the NCAA tournaments. Bethel is ranked eighth, St. Benedict's is second and the Cobbers' weekend opponent, St. Thomas, is first.
"St. Thomas is tough-- undefeated in the conference. They're a tough ball club. They execute well and they deserve credit. But they're beatable," said Sonstelie.
The Cobbers host St. Thomas tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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