Concordia was never able to catch Bethel in the second half and fell 95-83 to the Royals in Arden Hills on Wednesday.
Cobbers Fall To Royals
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 10
Opponent's Home Page: Bethel Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Bethel - now online!
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (1/10/07)-- Concordia shot better from the field, from 3-point range and only committed 16 turnovers against Bethel on Wednesday in Arden Hills but were done in by an 18-shot free throw difference and lost 95-83.
The Cobbers were 11-of-12 from the free throw line but that paled in comparison to the Royals' 28-of-30 shooting spree from the foul line. The 12-point discrepancy was the major statistical advantage as the two teams played a virtually even game from start to finish.
The loss snaps Concordia's two-game winning streak and drops CC to 2-5 in league play and 2-10 overall. The much-needed win for Bethel ends their three-game losing streak. The Royals are now a similar 2-5 in the MIAC and a 7-5 overall.
Concordia junior Luke Linz led the Cobbers with 26 points. He was matched by Bethel's sophomore guard Tim Madson's 29 points. Linz went 9-of-16 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free throw line in posting his second 20-plus point total in the last three games. Madson did Linz one better by shooting 8-of-15 from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line. The 29 points is the second time in three games that he has scored 29 and fifth time this year that he has scored at least 20 points in a game.
Concordia had two other players finish in double figures. Cody Dyshaw went 5-of-9 from 3-point range and had a career-high 17 points. Erik Johnson posted 13 points and added six rebounds.
The Royals had four of their starting five players score at least 10 points. Besides Madson, Mike Moberg had 20 points, Charles Meadowcraft chipped in 18 points and Steve Strom finished with 10 points. Strom also had a game-high eight rebounds.
The Cobbers shot 49.2% (32-of-65) from the field as compared to only 47.0% (31-of-66) for Bethel. CC went 8-of-18 (44.4%) from 3-point range which was better than the Royals' 20.8% (5-of-24) from long range.
Bethel held a 35-34 advantage in rebounding and turned the ball over nine times to the Cobbers' 16. However, both teams turned their opponent's turnover total into 15 points.
The biggest edge for Concordia came in bench scoring. The Cobbers reserves scored 30 of the team's 83 points, while the Bethel bench accounted for 16 of the team's 95 points.
CC will host league-leading, and defending MIAC champion, St. Thomas on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. The game can be seen and heard live via the Cobber website. The game will also feature live stats.