Concordia outshot and outrebounded Southern Virginia but ended up losing 87-80 in the 3rd place game at the CNU Tournament.
Third-Place Loss Doesn't Add Up
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 25
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Southern Virginia -
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (11/24/06)-- Usually when a team shoots better and outrebounds their opponent, they end up winning the game. That wasn't the case for the Cobbers in their 87-80 loss to Southern Virginia in the third-place game at the Christopher Newport Tournament on Saturday.
Concordia shot 50.9% from the field, as compared to only 45.1% for the Knights, and outrebounded Southern Virginia 32-27. All those numbers didn't add up as the Cobbers committed 22 turnovers (eight more than SVU) and allowed the Knights to shoot 36 free throws (which they made 33) and fell by seven to lose for the third straight time at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
The win gives Southern Virginia a 4-6 overall mark to start the year.
The Cobbers started the game on a hot streak, scoring 13 of the game's first 17 points in the opening seven minutes of the contest. Southern Virginia then rallied to take its first lead 16-15 with 10:23 remaining in the opening half. The Knights then extended their lead to as many as nine points at 28-19 as they completed a 24-6 run.
After trailing 43-39 at the break, Concordia took the lead in the second half by going on an 8-3 streak in the first two minutes of the final half.
The game then went back-and-forth with Southern Virginia getting out to a six to eight-point lead before the Cobbers would then reel them in. Concordia grabbed a brief one-point lead at 75-74 on a Brock Citterman lay-up with 3:16 remaining. That would be the last time the Cobbers would be in front as the Knights went on a 13-5 run to close out the game.
Luke Linz led the Cobbers in scoring for the third straight game. Linz had a season-high 28 points and hauled in three rebounds. He also went 10-of-12 from the free throw line and is now shooting 84.4% from the line. Linz was one of three Cobbers to score in double figures. Joining Linz were Citterman and transfer Erik Johnson. Citterman had 16points and four rebounds and Johnson, who was inserted into the starting line-up for the first time this season, had a season-high 10 points to go along with thee rebounds.
Concordia will open MIAC play on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. when they play at St. John's.