Concordia junior Erik Johnson puts up the shot over a Carleton defender. He finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/11/06)-- It wasn't the present Concordia was hoping to unwrap in their final game before the Christmas break. The Cobbers ran into a tough, streak-shooting Carleton team and lost 69-52 in Moorhead on Monday.
The Knights knocked down 10, 3-point field goals and took 14 more shots than the Cobbers en route to claiming their second league win of the season. Concordia was once again done in by the turnover bug and fell for the seventh straight time this season. The Cobbers are now 0-7 overall and 0-3 in league play. Carleton finishes off their 2006 MIAC slate by going 2-2. They are now 2-5 overall.
The Cobbers had only two players score more than eight points. Erik Johnson and Luke Linz were once again proficient from the inside. Johnson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Linz added 14 points and nine boards. For Johnson it was his second double-double of the year.
As a team, Concordia shot 46.9% (23-of-49) from the floor. Their 49 total shots was shy of the 63 attempted by the Knights in the game. Carleton shot 41.3% (26-of-63) from the floor.
The Cobbers connected on only two shots from 3-point range and finished 2-for-9 (22.9%) from behind the arc. Carleton hit on 10 shots from long range and shot 37.0% (10-of-27) from 3-point range.
The Knights posted three players in double figures and were led by forward Zach Johnson who scored a game-high 24 points and was 11-of-22 (50.0%) from the field. Jay Melson chipped in 14 points and Tommy Drake added 10.
The game was decided in the first half when Carleton came out and had the hot hand from behind the arc. The Knights built up a 13-point lead in the first period behind the strength of seven 3-point baskets. They turned an 8-6 game with 12:19 to play into a 19-8 lead with 9:46 remaining in the opening half.
After leading by eight at the break, Carleton extended the lead to 18 at the midway point of the second half by going on a 23-15 run in the first part of the final period.
From there, Concordia was never able to get closer than 15 points and fell by 17 in the end.
Concordia will have an extended break before playing at MSU Mankato on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.