Brock Citterman regained his touch from the outside against SJU as he led the Cobbers in scoring with 19 points.
Cobbers' Rally Falls Just Short
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 29
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. John's - Online!
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (11/29/06)-- Concordia spotted St. John's a 19-point lead in the first half, proceeded to reel the Johnnies in during the first part of the second half, but then stumbled in the final two minutes and lost 85-79 in the MIAC opener for both teams on Wednesday in Collegeville, Minn.
The Cobbers started sloth slow in the first half as they watched St. John's jump out to a 27-12 lead with 10:55 left to play in the opening period. The Johnnies then extended the advantage to 19 points at 50-31 with 2:09 before CC applied a tourniquet and stopped the bleeding just before the halftime break.
Trailing 50-38 entering the second half, Concordia went on a 22-9 run in the first 7:32 of the period and took an unbelievable 60-59 lead. For the next 10 minutes the teams battled to take control but neither would budge. During that stretch, the game was tied three times and the lead changed hands four times.
The deciding segment of the game started with 2:32 remaining in the game. The Cobbers were nursing a two-point lead at 73-71 when the Johnnies scored on a lay-up that would spark a 14-6 run to end the game and put away the victory. Over the final 2:32 of play, Concordia scored only one field, one free throw and had a 3-point basket go through with only one second to play. The Cobbers also missed five field goals, two free throws and turned the ball over twice during that fateful stretch.
Despite losing for the fourth straight time this season, Concordia showed the effort and determination against a team that was picked to finish second in the MIAC Coaches' Preseason Poll.
The Cobbers finished the game by shooting 50.0% (31-of-62) from the field and 47.4% (9-of-19) from 3-point range. The usually solid Cobber free throw shooting prowess cooled off as CC shot only 61.5% (8-of-13) from the free throw line.
Brock Citterman regained his shooting touch from the outside as he led Concordia with 19 points - all coming in the second half. Citterman was 5-of-9 from behind the arc for the game and 5-of-8 in the final 20 minutes.
Luke Linz added 16 points for the Cobbers. He was joined by Cody Dyshaw and James Baldwin as CC posted four players in double figures in scoring. Dyshaw went 3-of-6 from behind the arc and finished with 13 points and Baldwin was 4-of-7 from the floor and added 10.
The Cobbers outrebounded St. John's 33-32 and committed a season-low 13 turnovers for the game.
St. John's was led by Ryan Lieser who finished with 20 points and shot 50% (4-of-8) from 3-point range. The Johnnies were red-hot in the first half shooting 64.5% (20-of-31) from the floor and 53.8% (7-of-13) from 3-point range but then came back to reality in the second half and finished by shooting 52.6% (30-of-57) from the field and 45.0% (9-of-20) from beyond the arc.
Concordia will return to action n Monday, Dec. 4 at 5:45 p.m. when they play at St. Olaf in Northfield, Minn.