Erik Johnson hits the looping jumper in the first half against Gustavus on Monday. The Cobbers led at halftime 41-31.
Two On A Roll!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 8
Opponent's Home Page: Gustavus Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Gustavus - Now Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/08/07)-- It took Concordia ten game to win capture their first victory. It took them only one game to claim their second win. The Cobbers beat Gustavus 63-58 to snap a 10-game losing skid to the Gusties and win their second consecutive game.
Concordia used the same recipe for success as they did against Hamline on Saturday to gain their first win of the year. CC jumped to an early lead, refused to back down through the middle portion of the game and held on in the end for the win.
The Cobbers, who never trailed in the game, bolted to an 18-11 lead out of the gate and pushed it to a 15-point margin at 37-22 with 4:28 remaining in the game before settling for a 10-point halftime lead.
The Gusties made their predictable run in the second half. They closed the margin to three points on a pair of occasions in the final 10 minutes of play but each time Concordia had an answer for the Gustie rally. On the first GAC takeover attempt with 8:20 remaining, Concordia received a steal by Ryan Johnson and an Eric Meichsner layup to stem the tide and keep the Cobbers in control. The final surge from Gustavus came with under four minutes remaining. After Andrew Doble connected on a layup with 3:27 to lay to make the score 54-41, Ryan Johnson hit a pair of free throws to keep the Gusties at bay and jump start CC to a 9-2 run that gave Concordia a 10-point lead with 59 seconds to play.
Junior marksmen Brock Citterman keyed the Cobber first-half success. He came out and hit four of his first six 3-point field goals to finish the half with 14 points. He cooled in the second period but ended the game with a game-high 17 points. Luke Linz was the only other Concordia player in double figures. Linz had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. His relentless pursuit of the ball around the basket helped CC gain a 24-16 edge in points in the "paint" for the game.
Gustavus had only one player score more than eight points in the game. Doble led GAC for the second straight game. He came off the bench and had 11 points. He was part of the Gustie bench that outscored their Cobber counterparts 24-16.
Concordia shot 56.8% (25-of-44) from the floor for the game, marking the second straight game they have shot over 54.0% from the field - the only two times they have accomplished that feat all season. The Cobbers also made a season-high 53.8% (7-of-13) of their shots from behind the arc.
Gustavus was held to their second lowest shooting percentage of the season. The Gusties connected on just 37.5% (21-of-56) of their shots from the floor and 35.7% (5-of-14) from 3-point range.
The two teams combined to commit only 29 turnovers in the well-handled affair. Gustavus had 13 miscues while CC turned the ball over 16 times.
Concordia will put their two-game winning streak on the line when they play at Bethel on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5:45 p.m. The game can be heard live on the internet via the Cobber athletics website.