Anthony Boike drives to the basket in the Cobbers' 63-56 loss to St. Olaf. Boike finished with 10 points.
Cobbers Fall In The Final Five!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 24, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. Olaf Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Olaf - Now online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/24/07)-- Concordia was outscored 15-9 in the final five minutes of play against St. Olaf and lost 63-56 in Moorhead on Wednesday.
The Cobbers had erased a nine-point second half deficit midway through the final half and then played a cat-and-mouse game for the next five minutes before the Oles went on the decisive run to come away with the victory.
Luke Linz had a game-high 18 points for Concordia as the Cobbers had their one-game winning streak stopped. The loss once again puts CC against the wall in fighting for the sixth, and final, playoff spot. CC is now 3-15 overall and 3-10 in the MIAC - three games behind sixth place Augsburg.
St. Olaf gains a critical road win and improves to 8-10 overall and 5-8 in the MIAC. The victory is the first in four games for the Oles.
The Oles were led by Jon Bain who went 6-of-6 from the free throw line and finished with a team-high 12 points. He also recorded a game-high 13 rebounds.
Three different stat categories held an insight into the game. St. Olaf went 16-of-18 (88.8%) from the free throw line including six straight in the final 30 seconds of the game to seal the victory. Comparatively, the Cobbers shot only 10 free throws and went 7-of-10 from the line. CC had only players in the game attempt free throws.
Concordia committed only 13 turnovers in the game but the Oles turned those into 20 points. That was a big advantage to the Cobbers who forced 10 turnovers but were only able to come up with eight points off of those miscues.
The third category that the Oles held a severe edge was in scoring from the bench. St. Olaf reserves helped the starters by outscoring their counterparts 22-8. The big contributor to that stat was Mark Torell who went 2-of-3 from behind the arc and finished with 10 points. On the other side, James Baldwin led Concordia's bench players with four points and the Cobbers had only three non-starters score at all.
Concordia will have their first break since the start of the calendar year. CC will have seven days off before returning to action on Wednesday, Jan. 31 when they host Macalester at 5:45 p.m. The game can be seen and heard live on the Cobber website and will also feature live statistics.