James Baldwin awaits the entry pass in the Cobbers' 84-74 loss to Macalester on Wednesday.
Cobbers Can't Get To The Point!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 31, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: Macalester Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Macalester - Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/31/07)-- Macalester point guard Abe Woldeslassie sealed Concordia's fate as time ran out in the first half. He stole a pass with :01 second remaining in the first period and then followed it up with a successful layup as the buzzer sounded.
That basket gave the Scots a 39-38 lead at the break and doomed the Cobbers to once again lose a conference game after trailing after the first period. CC entered the game 0-9 when trailing at halftime and after Macalester's 84-74 win on Wednesday, the Cobbers are now 0-10 when going into the second period without the lead.
In the second half, Concordia (3-16/3-11 MIAC) was unable to slow down the take-charge Woldeslassie and he finished with a 18 points to go along with nine assists and three steals. He had 11 points and five assists in the second half alone.
The Cobbers countered with Luke Linz who put on another one-man offensive show. Linz finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season. It is the third time this season that he has posted a season-high 28 points. Linz also went 13-of-18 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. He is now averaging 19.6 points per game and is trying to become the 12th player in program history to average at least 20.0 points per game.
Cody Dyshaw was the only other Concordia player to score in double figures. He had 10 points but was only 1-of-5 from 3-point range.
Macalester (8-11/5-9 MIAC) had four players score at least 11 points. Besides Woldeslassie's 18, Tommy Conboy had a team-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds as he recorded his fifth double-double of the year. He was the recipient of many of Woldeslassie's pin-point assists. Brad Lidell won the award for most 3-point field goals attempted in the game. He went 3-of-9 from behind the arc and finished with 17 points. The final member of the Scot double-digit quartet was Lars Johnson who added 11.
Team wise, the two biggest statistical advantages came from turnovers and shots from behind the arc. Concordia turned the ball over 21 times as opposed to only 14 for the Scots. Macalester used those 21 turnovers to come away with a 32-8 margin in points scored off of turnovers. The other edge came courtesy of the long ball. CC shot only 23.1% (3-of-13) from 3-point range, while the Scots connected on 10 shots from behind the arc and shot 40.0% (10-of-25).
Concordia will play at Hamline on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. That game can be heard live on the internet via the Cobber website and will have live video streaming courtesy of the Hamline athletics website.