Concordia capped off the 2006-07 season by beating St. Mary's 70-61. Luke Linz had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead CC.
Season Finale Success!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 17, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. Mary's Basketball
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Mary's - Online!
WINONA, Minn. (2/17/07)-- Concordia led wire-to-wire against St. Mary's in Winona on Saturday and came away with a 70-61 victory in the season finale for both teams. The Cobbers went on a 19-7 run to start the game and never looked back as they snapped their seven-game losing slide. Concordia finishes the season with a 4-16 mark in MIAC play and a 4-21 overall mark.
The biggest storyline of the day was whether Cobber junior Luke Linz would come away with the MIAC scoring title to become the first CC player since 1995-96 to lead the league in scoring. Linz had a monster overall game but finished with 18 points. That total ended up being six points shy of Bethel's Tim Madson who scored 24 points in the Royals' overtime loss to Augsburg. Linz was in a three-way tie for the scoring lead heading into Saturday. St. Thomas' Bryan Schnettler was the third player tied for the league lead. He finished with an identical 18 points in the Tommies' win over St. John's and ties with Linz for second place in the league's scoring race.
After the Cobbers 12-point lead in the first eight minutes of play, Concordia was able to cruise to a 37-29 lead at the break. It was only the fifth time during conference play that Concordia had held a lead at halftime. CC was 3-1 in the previous four games they led after the opening 20 minutes of play and added to that mark after the second half.
St. Mary's (8-16/7-13 MIAC) came as close as two points in the second half but could never get over the hump as CC was able to hold the Cardinals off in the final five minutes of play. With the Cobber lead dwindled down to 54-52, James Baldwin layed in a basket and then Linz connected on another basket from in close to restore Concordia's lead to six points - a lead that would never get closer than four points in the final seven minutes of play.
Linz finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal. It was his fifth double-double of the season and the closest he has come to a triple-double in his career. Frontcourt teammate Baldwin also had 18 points in the game as he recorded his career high. Brock Citterman carried the CC offense in the first half, knocking down a pair of 3-point field goals and scoring 10 of his 13 points in the opening period of play.
The Cardinals had two players in double figures. Dan Cormier had 16 points to go along with five rebounds. Nick Carr came off the bench to add 13 points.
For the game, Concordia shot 57.1% (28-of-49) from the field and 28.6% (4-of-14) from 3-point range. St. Mary's shot 41.4% (24-of-58) from the floor and 26.9% (7-of-26) from behind the arc.
The biggest statistical difference for Concordia came around the basket. CC held a 38-21 advantage in rebounds and a 34-22 edge in points scored in the paint area. The Cobbers also outscored the Cardinals 16-5 in second-chance points.