Concordia junior Luke Linz gets fouled on his way to the basket in the first half of the Cobbers' 79-67 loss against St. Mary's.
Cobbers Lose At Home!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 17, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. Mary's Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Mary's - online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/17/07)-- On paper, the Cobbers appeared to have the edge over St. Mary's as Concordia had a solid record at home and the Cardinals had not won on the road since their opening game of the season. So much for playing on paper. St. Mary's rode the wave of a hot outside shooting touch and came away with a 79-67 victory over Concordia in Moorhead on Wednesday.
The Cardinals shot 56.3% (9-of-16) from behind the arc in the first half and went on to drain 13 3-point shots in the game to come away with the 12-point victory. The Cobber defense has now given up 10 or more 3-point field goals in three different games this season.
The game finishes the first half of the MIAC schedule for both teams, while Concordia loses for the fourth straight time and sees their record fall to 2-8 in the MIAC and 2-13 overall, the Cardinals improve to 4-10 overall and 3-7 in league play.
Luke Linz was once again a dominant force around the basket for the Cobbers. After scoring only six points in the opening half, Linz responded by knocking down 22 in the final period and coming away with a game-high 28 points. It is the seventh time this season he has scored at least 20 points in a game and 12th time he has led Concordia in scoring. Linz also came away with a game-high eight rebounds to go along with four assists, one steal and one block. Guard Cody Dyshaw was the only other Concordia player to finish with more than eight points in the game. Dyshaw knocked down his first four 3-point shots in the game en route to finishing with 14 points. He has now scored in double figures in four straight games.
Brensley Hawood led the outside shooting corps for St. Mary's. He went 4-of-7 from outside the arc and finished with 20 points. John Gencius was 2-of-4 from 3-point range and added 12 points.
Seven different Cardinal players made at least one shot from behind the arc in the game. They ended the game by shooting 50.0% (13-of-26) from long range. That equaled their total from the floor as they connected on 24 of their 48 field goal attempts.
Concordia shot better from the field but trailed the outside shooting touch of the Cardinals. CC hit 54.5% (24-of-44) of their field goal tries and 40.0% (4-of-10) from 3-point range. By contrast, only one Cobber player made a 3-point field goal.
Both teams hauled down 21 rebounds in the game and combined for only 24 turnovers. Concordia committed 14 miscuses as opposed to only 10 for SMU.
Concordia returns to action when they host league-leading St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. The Johnnies finished the first half of league play undefeated after they beat previously unbeaten St. Thomas 64-59 at home on Wednesday. The game can be seen and heard live via the Cobber athletics website and will also feature live stats.