Erik Johnson (R) hauled in 17 rebounds and added 10 points to record his first double-double in Concordia's 76-68 OT loss at St. Olaf.
Oh No, Not Again!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: December 4
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NORTHFIELD, Minn. (12/04/06)-- For the third time in Concordia's first five games this season, the Cobbers lost a tough back-and-forth battle in overtime. Concordia dropped a 76-68 overtime decision to St. Olaf on Monday in Northfield.
The loss is the fifth straight for the Cobbers to start the season and all five have been decided by eight points or less. Concordia is now 0-2 to start conference play. St. Olaf climbs back to the .500 level in both their conference and overall marks. The Oles are 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Erik Johnson had his best game in maroon and gold. The junior transfer from San Diego, Calif. hauled in a career-high 17 rebounds and collected 10 points to record his first double-double as a Cobber. Luke Linz led all players with 16 points. He also came down with 11 rebounds to post his second double-double of the year.
Brock Citterman had 15 points and Ryan Johnson added 10 more to round out the four Concordia players in double figures.
The game appeared to be headed in the Cobbers' direction late in the second half after took a three-point lead at 63-60 with only 29 seconds remaining. However, a pair of clutch St. Olaf baskets in the waning seconds and a missed free throw attempt sent CC into their third extra session of the season. Like the other three games that went into overtime, the Cobbers struggled to shoot the ball in the extra five minute session. Concordia shot 22.2% (2-of-9) from the floor in overtime and did not make a single 3-point basket.
In the overtime period, after Ryan Johnson hit the second of two jumpers to tie the score at 68-68 with 3:48 to go in the period, Concordia went scoreless for the remainder of the period and watched as the Oles rattled off eight straight points to seal the contest.
As a team, Concordia shot 41.3% (26-of-63) from the field and 26.7% (4-of-15) from 3-point range. The Cobbers shot a sub-par 60.0% (12-of-20) from the free throw. Turnovers continued to be a thorn in the Cobbers' side as CC turned the ball over 26 times in the game. That marks the third time this season they have coughed the ball up at least 26 times in a game.
Concordia outrebounded the Oles 48-37 and held a 15-8 margin in second chance points.
St. Olaf was led by Peter Banick who finished with 16 points. The Oles shot 42.0% (29-of-69) from the field for the game. They were also cold from the outside, hitting on only four of their 15 attempts (26.7%) from behind the arc.
The Cobbers will attempt to get off the season "schneid" when they play a non-conference game over the weekend. Concordia will play at Mayville State on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.