2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia senior Luke Linz will be a marked man when the Cobbers hit the road to take on Hamline on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Linz is coming off a career-high 30 points against Macalester and is currently eighth on the school's all-time scoring list.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/07/08)--After scoring more than 70 points only once in their first eight games of the season and being held to a scant 47 points in the final game of 2007, Concordia has made scoring more points their New Year's resolution and it is paying off as they scored a Wayne Gretzky-like 99 points en route to a 99-76 win over league-leading Hamline on Monday. It is the second straight game that the Cobbers have scored 90-plus points and the second consecutive game they have posted a win over a team that was tied for the kead in the league standings.

CC has now won three straight conference games for the first time since the middle of the 2004-05 season. Concordia is now 3-2 in the MIAC and 4-6 overall. Hamline falls from their perch atop the conference standings. They are now 4-2 in league play and 6-5 overall.

It was all Concordia on Monday as they led wire to wire. The Cobbers built an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes of play and never looked back. Behind a 67.8% (40-for-59) shooting percentage in the game, CC built a 21-point lead at 38-17 with 4:22 to go in the first period and never allowed the Pipers to close within 12 points for the rest of the game.

In the second half, Concordia continually found open shots around the basket and took advantage of a Piper defense that was intent on trying to force a Cobber turnover. For the game, CC turned the ball over 18 times but held HU to only 16 points off of the miscues.


Luke Linz had another career night from the floor. He followed up his career-high 30-point performance against Macalester on Saturday with an even better 31-point outing against the Pipers. Linz went 15-for-20 (75.0%) from the floor and has now scored 61 points in his last two games and shot a remarkable 71.0% (27-for-38). On Monday he also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds - missing a double-double by a single board. Darrin Olmscheid was one of two other CC players in double figures. Olmscheid broke out of a mini-slump by scoring a career-high 18 points on a 7-for-9 shooting night. He also added a game-high five assists. Erik Lien continued his trend of double-digit games. He had 12 points and collected four assists.

Hamline had four players in double figures. Nick Carroll came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points. MIAC Player of the Week Eric Clute was held to 12 points on the night. He entered the game third the MIAC in scoring with a 19.9 points per game average. Tony Thrasher finished with 13 points and Carl Hipp had 12 to round out the quartet of players in double figures.


The 67.8% shooting night for the Cobbers marked the second straight game they have shot at least 60.0% from the field. Most of the Cobber shots came from around the basket as CC only attempted seven 3-point shots the entire game. Concordia was 17-for-22 (77.3%) from the free throw line. The Cobbers also held a significant 37-26 edge in rebounds. CC had 18 turnovers and came away with eight steals on the night.

Hamline shot 40.6% (28-for-69) from the field. The 69 field goal attempts was 10 more than Concordia. The Pipers went 6-for-19 (31.6%) from behind the arc and 14-for-19 (73.7%) from the line. HU turned the ball over 19 times and came away with 11 steals.


Concordia will return home to put their three-game conference win streak on the line. The Cobbers will host Gustavus on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and then play Bethel at home on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Both games will feature live video, live stats and live audio. All three cane be accessed from the Cobber athletics website.


  • Concordia has won three straight MIAC games. It is the first time they have three consecutive league games since they beat Hamline, St. Mary's and St. John's in the middle of the 2004-05 season.
  • The Cobbers are now 53-77 lifetime against Hamline.
  • Concordia is 1-5 on the road this year and 2-5 overall in games played away from Memorial Auditorium.
  • The 99 points scored by CC is the most since the 2004-05 season when Concordia beat Augsburg 105-79 on Feb. 9, 2005.
  • The back-to-back 90 point games marks the first time since the start of the 2003-04 season that the Cobbers have scored at least 90 points in consecutive games (Mayville State 109-82, Dana College 92-63).
  • The 40 field goals made in the game is a season high for Concordia and most since before the Concordia SID started taking detailed game stats during the 1995-96 season.
  • Concordia had nine blocked shots in the game which is a season high. It is the most since since before the Concordia SID started taking detailed game stats during the 1995-96 season.
  • CC made a pair of 3-point field goals in the game. They have now made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 211 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against Macalester on Feb. 2, 2000 (0-for-7).
  • The 31 points scored by Luke Linz is the most by a Cobber player since Josh Downey scored 32 against Hamline on Feb. 14, 2004.
  • Linz has now scored 1,074 points in his career and is sixth on the school's all-time scoring chart. He passed Elwood Bohn (1,059 points - 1945-49) and Soren Nelson (1,071 points - 2002-05). Next up is Jim Bjorklund who scored 1,098 points from 1971-74.
  • Linz has now scored at least 20 points in four of the team's 10 games this year.
  • Linz has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He was held to eight points at MSU Moorhead on Dec. 15.
  • Erik Lien has scored in double figures in seven straight games and in eight of the team's ten games.