2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia senior Luke Linz takes a pull-up jumper in the lane at the 12:06 mark of the first half to score his 1,000th career point. (Picture courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
Linz Hits 1,000 Career Point In CC Win!


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MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/03/07)-- Luke Linz scored his 1,000th career point midway through the first half and Concordia used an airtight defense to post a 62-55 win over St. Olaf on Monday in Moorhead. The Cobbers shot just 30.6% (19-for-62) from the field but outscored the Oles 20-8 from the free throw line to pick up their first conference win of the season. The victory also ends a three-game losing streak against St. Olaf.

Concordia (2-5/1-2 MIAC) held St. Olaf (2-4/0-2 MIAC) to just 20 points in the first half and only 55 points for the entire game. The 55 points scored by the Oles is the fewest allowed by CC in a single MIAC game since the Cobbers beat St. John's 67-51 in the middle of the 2004-05 season. It is the second time this season that CC has held an opponent to fewer than 60 points in a game. Concordia downed Luther 67-51 for its only other win of the year. For St. Olaf, it is the third time this season that the Oles have been held to 55 or fewer points.

The Cobbers started slowly, needing almost 10 minutes to reach the 10-point mark. Concordia finally hit the 10-point plateau when Linz hit a pull-up jumper at the 12:06 mark to score his 1,000th career point. He becomes the 11th player in program history to reach the plateau and first since Keith Eckhoff accomplished the feat during the 2005-06 season.

After Linz hit his milestone jumper, Concordia went on a 10-5 run over the next five minutes to turn a 11-10 deficit into a 20-16 lead. St. Olaf would never lead from that point forward as the Cobbers finished the first half by outscoring the Oles 7-4 to take a 27-20 lead into the break. In the first half, the CC defense limited St. Olaf to 29.0% (9-for-31) shooting from the floor and watched as the Oles went 0-for-3 from the free throw line.

CC stretched the lead to double digits less than five minutes into the second half. They continued to enjoy a 6-10 point lead throughout most of the second period until St. Olaf tried to make one last run and pull even. The Oles trimmed a nine-point lead down to four in the final minute of play. From there, a pair of Cobber freshman would hit on five of six free throws to cement the first Concordia MIAC win. Karl Olson hit three straight foul shots after missing his first attempt late in the game and Erik Lien iced the game by connecting on two straight free throws with :05 seconds remaining.

Neither team could hit on open shots throughout the game. Concordia shot 30.6% (19-of-62) from the field and 30.8% (4-of-13) from 3-point range. St. Olaf went a mason-like 21-of-60 (35.0%) from the field and 5-of-14 (35.7%) from behind the arc. The big difference in the game came from the free throw line where the Cobbers were 20-of-31 (64.5%), while the Oles were 8-of-13 (61.5%) from the line.

Concordia outrebounded St. Olaf 42-36 for the game and held a 20-16 in points scored in the paint.

Linz finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Sophomore center James Baldwin broke out of an early-season funk by hauling down a career-high 12 rebounds. He also had a pair of blocks. Lien continued to give Concordia a second scoring threat as he had a team-high 13 points and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Fellow freshman Darrin Olmscheid was only two points away from his first collegiate double-double. He grabbed 11 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds, and had eight points.

St. Olaf only had one player with more than nine points in the game. Forward Bobby Hunter went 5-for-15 from the field and finished with a game-high 14 points. He has now scored in double figures in all six of the team's games this season.

Concordia will finish off the 2007 portion of their schedule by playing at  MSU Moorhead on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. It will be the second time in less than a month that the two teams will square off against one another. The Cobbers fell 67-55 to the Dragons on Nov. 20 in Memorial Auditorium.