Concordia guard Jason Huschle had nowhere to go in the Cobbers' 65-59 loss to Augsburg on Wednesday.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 14, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: Augsburg Basketball
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/14/07)-- The storyline continues to be the same for the Concordia men's basketball team. Get close in the second half, appear to have the momentum and the inside track for the victory but then let the game slip away in the final minutes of play and lose down the stretch.
That scenario played out once again for the Cobbers as they took a brief lead in the second half against Augsburg before falling 65-59 in Moorhead on Wednesday. Concordia held a 53-51 lead with 5:34 left to go in the game but were then outscored 14-6 in the final five minutes of play and lost for the seventh straight game.
The loss also drops the Cobbers' overall record to 3-21 while their conference mark slides to 3-16. Augsburg sees their seven-game losing streak stopped as they move to 9-15 overall and 6-13 in the MIAC.
Like the Cobbers' reoccurring theme of losing touch in the final minutes of play, the theme of Luke Linz carrying the majority of the scoring work also stayed intact. Linz had a game-high 21 points and hauled down nine rebounds. He was the only CC player with more than eight points in the game. Linz has now led the Cobbers in scoring in 13 of the past 14 games.
Augsburg had three players in double figures and was led by freshman guard Jon Cassens who had 19 points and was 8-of-16 from the floor. Grant Hemmingsen did the bulk of his scoring in the first half, connecting on all three of his 3-point field goals in the game in the first 20 minutes and finished with 13 points. Reserve guard David Olson missed only two shots all night and added 10 points. Olson went 3-of-5 from the floor, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Another statistical deficiency that keeps popping up for the Cobbers lately is their inability to knock down shots from the outside. Concordia shot just 16.7% (2-of-12) from 3-point range, marking the third straight game that CC has not shot better than 19.0% from behind the arc.
Concordia shot 46.8% (22-of-47) from the field with over half of their 59 total points coming from inside the paint area.
Augsburg won the game from behind the arc and on the glass. The Auggies hit on 42.1% (8-of-19) of their shots from long range and outrebounded Concordia 37-27. That mark was better than their overall field goal percentage of 40.0% (24-of-60).
The Cobbers will finish off their 2006-07 season when they play at St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.