2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia senior Luke Linz pressures the shot of Brady Brink during the Cobbers' 71-62 loss at St. John's. Linz finished with 12 points and a team-high 14 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season. (Picture courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
Cobbers Lose MIAC Opener


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Gameday Game Recap:

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (11/28/07)-- Concordia was outscored 14-9 in the final five minutes of play against St. John's and fell 71-62 in the conference opener for both teams. The loss is the fourth straight to the Johnnies and fifth in the past seven games against SJU. The defeat drops the Cobbers' overall record to 1-4 on the year. St. John's remains unbeaten on the season, improving to 2-0.

The game was won at the free throw line. Concordia went to the free throw line just seven times in the game and made six of their seven attempts (85.7%). The Johnnies were sent to the line 22 times and made 16 (72.7%). The seven free throw attempts represent the fewest attempts in the past 11 games for CC. The last time they attempted fewer free throws in a game was against Carleton on Jan. 22 last year when they had only five free throw tries.

Concordia held the edge in the early stages of the game, building a 16-11 lead midway through the opening half. Unfortunately the lead would be short-lived as the Johnnies went on a 10-0 run and took a 21-16 lead with 5:10 remaining in the period. The teams would play practically even for the final five minutes of play and SJU went into the locker room with a 34-28 half time lead.

The Cobbers once again chipped away at the beginning of the second half. CC whittled away at the deficit and finally grabbed a one-point lead at 45-44 and then extended it to three points when Erik Lien hit a jumper at the 11:52 mark. Over the next three minutes the Johnnies went on a 6-0 run to reatake the lead at 50-47. The squads played even until the final five minutes of the game when SJU was able to outscore Concordia by five points.

For the game, the Cobbers were 26-of-69 (37.7%) from the floor and 4-of-18 (22.2%) from 3-point range. CC committed a season-low 13 turnovers in the contest. The Cobbers have now decreased their turnover total in each of the past three games. St. John's shot 43.9% (25-of-57) from the field and a mere 26.3% (5-of-19) from behind the arc.

The Johnnies outrebounded Concordia 41-40 in the game. The biggest discrepancy on the stat sheet came from the bench scoring total. The Cobber reserves outscored the SJU bench 33-0 in the game. The Johnnies played all five starters for almost the entire game, with all five recording at least 30 minutes of playing time in the contest.

Concordia was once again led by Luke Linz who recorded his second double-double of the season and seventh career double-double. Linz finished with 12 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. He now has 972 career points and needs only 28 more to become the 11th player in the history of Cobber men's basketball to break the 1,000-point barrier.

Besides Linz, freshman Erik Lien was the only other CC player with more than nine points in the game. He finished with 12 points. Junior shooting guard Cody Dyshaw was 2-of-5 from behind the arc in the first half and finished with nine points in the contest.

St. John's received monster games from two players. Seniors Brady Brink and Ryan Lieser combined to score 52 of the team's 71 points in the game. That tandem accounted for 73.2% of the entire squad's point production. Brink had a career-high 31 points and went 13-of-16 from the floor. He also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to record his second straight double-double of the year and fourth of his career. Lieser was 3-of-6 from 3-point range and added 21 points. Lieser has thrived against the Cobbers in the past two years. He is averaging 19.7 points against CC in the past three games and has not scored fewer than 18 points in that stretch.

Concordia will look to rebound when they play at Carleton on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. The game can be heard live via the Cobber athletics website.