Concordia junior Ryan Johnson had a team-high 16 points to lead the Cobbers past Carleton 62-57 in Northfield on Monday.
Cobbers Finally Finish!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 22, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: Carleton Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Carleton - Now online!
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (1/22/07)-- It looked as if the same train wreck was about to happen in Northfield on Monday that had occurred the past two Saturdays in Moorhead. Concordia led one of the top teams in the MIAC for the entire first half and watched as the lead dwindled throughout the final 20 minutes. However, unlike the last two collisions against St. Thomas and St. John's, the Cobbers were able to grab a hold of the steering wheel, avoid the inevitable crash in the final seconds and come away with a much-deserved 62-57 win over host Carleton.
The win snaps the Cobbers' five-game winning streak and is the first road win of the year for Concordia. The victory pushes CC's record to 3-9 in the MIAC and 3-14 overall. Surprisingly, Concordia is only two games out of the sixth, and final, playoff spot after the night's wild conference action. The loss ends a three-game winning streak for the Knights and drops them into fifth place in the league standings with a 6-6 record. Carleton is now 7-10 overall.
Ryan Johnson was the surprise leader for Concordia on the night. He came away with a career-high 16 points and went 6-of-8 from the floor. He also hit three clutch free throws in the game and went 3-of-3 from the line. Luke Linz once again finished with a double-digit point total. He added 14 points and has now scored at least 10 points in 16 of the team's 17 games. Cody Dyshaw continued his ability to give CC an outside scoring threat as he ended the game with 13 points, nine of which came from 3-point range. Erik Johnson controlled the glass for the Cobbers all night long. He had a game-high 11 rebounds including seven in the second half.
The Knights were led by Zach Johnson who hoisted up 25 shots and finished with a game-high 26 points. He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Jake Phillips was the only other Carleton player with more than eight points. He had 12 points but went 4-of-16 from the field and 4-of-11 from behind the arc.
The game turned in favor of the Cobbers in the first half due in large part to the inability of Carleton to connect on 3-point attempts. The Knights did not make a shot from behind the arc in the opening half, going 0-of-11 from long range. They hit 7-of-13 (53.8%) tries in the second half but still finished the game well below their season average at 29.2% (7-of-24).
Concordia was consistent throughout the game. They finished by shooting 51.0% (25-of-49) from the floor and 46.7% (7-of-15) from 3-point range. The Cobbers also came away with the victory despite committing 19 turnovers.
CC held a big advantage around the basket. They outrebounded the Knights 40-28.
Concordia will look to gain some more ground on the playoff herd when they host St. Olaf on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 5:45 p.m. The game can be seen and heard live on the Cobber website and will also feature live statistics.