Concordia allowed St. John's to score the final nine points of the game and escape with a 78-72 victory on Saturday.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 20, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. John's Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. John's - online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/20/07)-- The Concordia men's basketball season has taken on a cartoonish quality. Like the "never say die" Wile E. Coyote, the Cobbers find a way to have success throughout the entire game only to have an anvil fall on their heads and watch as the Road Runner runs away with the victory in the final minute of play.
The latest episode of Saturday cartoon classics happened against league-leading St. John's where Concordia held a lead throughout the first 38 minutes of play. In the final two minutes, with CC leading 72-69, the Johnnies went beep-beep, scored the final nine points of the game and waltzed away with a 78-72 victory.
In the past two Saturday games, the Cobbers have taken the top two teams in the league all the way to the final finute of play before running off the cliff and smashing into the canyon with a loss. Last Saturday, CC went toe-to-toe with previously unbeaten, and third-ranked St. Thomas before losing by three points.
Concordia (2-14/2-9 MIAC) had four player score in double figures in the game. Luke Linz led all scorers with 22 points. It marked the second straight game, and third in the past five, that he has scored at least 20 points. Linz had 18 of his 22 points in the first half as the Cobbers built up a lead of 11 points at one time. The Johnsons had 13 points each in the loss. Erik Johnson had 13 points and hauled down a team-high five rebounds. Ryan Johnson added 13 points and was 5-of-8 from the floor. Freshman James Baldwin had 10 points and electrified the crowd with a thunderous two-hand jam in the first half.
St. John's (13-3/11-0 MIAC) was led by a trio of players who produced a balanced scoring sheet. Senior guard Matt Ohme had a team-high 19 points and became the 30th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone when he connected on two free throws at the start of the second period. Ryan Lieser finished with 18 points Tyler Westman added 16.
Concordia continues to be crippled by the outside shooting ability of its opponents. On Wednesday, St. Mary's shot 50.0% from 3-point range to come away with the win in Memorial Auditorium. The Johnnies did that one better by connecting on 61.5% (8-of-13) from behind the arc. St. John's also shot 51.1% (24-of-47) from the field.
The Cobbers were not as proficient from outside the arc. CC shot 27.3% (3-of-11) from 3-point range and 48.1% (28-of-52) from the floor.
The game swung around the opening minute and final minute of the second half. After taking a 42-35 lead into halftime, Concordia allowed the Johnnies to cut the lead all the way to one point at 42-41 right after the break with a pair of 3-point field goals. CC then went back up by six points before SJU countered with five straight points to get to within one at 49-48 with 14:14 remaining From that point on, the Cobbers could not get a lead of more than three points and the game featured five ties.
Grasping onto a 3-point lead at 72-69 after an Anthony Boike layup with 2:32 to go, the Cobber offense went ice cold. In the final two minutes of play, CC was 0-for-2 from the floor and committed two turnovers. On the other end of the floor, the SJU offense patiently went deep into the shot clock and went 2-for-3 from the field, 5-of-6 from the free throw line and did not have a turnover.
Concordia will hope to finally snag the Road Runner when they play at Carleton on Monday, Jan. 22 at 5:45 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Cobber athletics website.