2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia freshman Darrin Olmscheid goes up for two of his team-high 16 points in the Cobbers' 67-55 loss to MSU Moorhead on Tuesday. Olmscheid kick-started the CC second-half comeback by scoring nine of the team's first 11 points in the period.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/20/07)-- Concordia fell behind by as much as 23 points in the first half against MSU Moorhead but then came storming back in the second half. The Cobbers got to within four points before the Dragons pulled away in the end and won 67-55. The loss is the second straight to start the season for Concordia and eighth straight defeat at the hands of MSU Moorhead.

The game was a tale of two halves for Concordia. The Cobbers struggled on the offensive end in the first half and finished the first 20 minutes with 18 points while shooting 37.5% (6-of-16) from the floor. CC turned the ball over 17 times in the first half. On the other end of the floor, the Dragons were able pressure the Cobbers and turn the turnovers into transition baskets. MSU M shot 60.9% (14-of-23) from the field in the first period and scored 16 of their 36 points off of turnovers.

The second half had all the makings of a Concordia monster comeback. The Cobbers returned to the floor, played inspired defense and started to break the MSU Moorhead pressure. CC outscored the Dragons 22-6 in the first 9:41 of the period and trimmed the 18-point deficit all the way to four points at 44-40. Concordia was able to hit from the outside and then hold the Dragons' offense in check by switching to a high-energy zone defense. Offensively, freshman Darrin Olmscheid scored 11 of the team's 22 points during the run to start the second half. He hit nine of the team's first 11 points in the period.

After the score got cut to 44-40, the teams traded runs for the next five minutes. MSU Moorhead scored five straight points to take a 49-40 lead. CC then trimmed the lead back to four by scoring the next five points. The Dragons then pushed the lead back seven points before Concordia got back to within four at 54-50 with 5:23 left to go in the game.

MSU Moorhead (1-0) then used their experience to seize control of the game. The Dragons won the game in the next four minutes by going on a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 12 points at 64-52.

Concordia shot 43.2% (19-of-44) from the floor and 36.4% (4-of-11) from 3-point range for the game. After shooting 60.9% in the first half, the Cobber defense limited the Dragons to only 36.4% in the second frame. MSU M countered by shooting 48.9% (22-of-45) from the field and 40.0% (6-of-15) from beyond the arc. The Dragons outrebounded Concordia 29-25 in the game. CC finished with 25 turnovers and MSU M committed 22 miscues.

Olmscheid and senior Luke Linz paced the Cobbers. They were the only CC players with more than five points in the game. Both players had 16 points. Olmscheid did his damage from outside and inside, while Linz continued to be a scoring force around the basket. Linz was 5-of-7 from the field and has now gone 16-for-18 in the team's first two games.

MSU Moorhead was led by the shooting touch of Justyn Burgess. The junior came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points. He was 7-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. The most eye-catching stat for the Dragons came from the line of senior guard Blake Strouth. The All-NSIC Second Team honoree and Team MVP last season was held without a point in the game. It is the first time in the past three years he has not scored at least one point in a game. The last time he was held scoreless was in the middle of his freshman season on Jan. 22, 2005 against Concordia-St. Paul.

Concordia returns to action on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. when they play at Nebraska Wesleyan as part of the Snyder Classic Tournament. CC will then play Luther (Iowa) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Nebraska Wesleyan to finish off the tournament.