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Gameday Game Recap:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/16/08)-- Concordia stayed close to league-leading St. Thomas throughout the entire first half and at the start of the second period but then a 12-5 run midway through the final 20 minutes of play helped the Tommies upend the Cobbers 74-65 in St. Paul on Wednesday.
CC shot just 35.1% (13-for-37) in the decisive second half as they lost for the second straight conference game. The Cobbers are now 5-8 overall and 4-4 in the MIAC. St. Thomas rebounds from a loss at the hands of Gustavus to up their season record to 11-3 overall and 7-2 in league play. They remain on top of the conference standings and lead the Gusties by a 1/2 game.
The game started slowly for both squads with the two teams combining for only 13 points in the first four minutes of play. With the Cobbers holding a 7-6 lead, UST went on a 15-4 run to grab a 10-point lead at 21-11 with 11:42 to play in the opening period. CC slowly whittled away at the lead over the next seven minutes and took a one-point advantage at 26-25 with just under five minutes to play in the half. St. Thomas then outscored CC 9-6 over the final five minutes and took a 34-32 lead into the break.
The game would stay within five points until the 12-5 stretch opened up a comfortable lead for the Tommies in the second part of the final period. Concordia got to within six points with 1:34 to play but then UST closed out the game with four straight points and was never threatened after that point.
Concordia returns home to play Augsburg on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. and will finish off the first half of the MIAC regular season by playing at St. Mary's on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP
Luke Linz led the Cobbers in scoring, but sophomore James Baldwin had the more dominant night. Baldwin had 12 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds and recorded the first double-double of his career. Linz came away with 13 points and has now scored in double figures in 28 consecutive conference games. Darrin Olmscheid was the only other CC player with more than seven points in the game. He was 5-for-7 from the field and finished with 12 points. Karl Olson continually harassed the St. Thomas offense and came away with a career-high five steals. He also added seven points, four assists and two rebounds to record one of his best all-around games of the season.
St. Thomas had three of their five starters score in double figures, had five players with at least nine points and finished with 11 players scoring at least two points in the game. UST was led by junior B.J. Viau. Viau was 5-for-9 from the floor and finished with 14 points. Lonnie Robinson added 12 points and Joe Scott chipped in 11 for the Tommies. Viau and Robinson also had a team-high seven rebounds.
TEAM STAT RECAP
The Cobbers finished the game by shooting 39.7% (25-for-63) from the floor. After shooting an average of 51.7% during their four-game MIAC win streak, CC has now shot under 40.0% in their two consecutive losses. The Cobbers connected on 30.8% (4-for-13) of their shots from behind the arc. Concordia was 11-for-17 (64.7%) from the free throw line.
CC held a 46-36 edge in rebounding. The 46 team rebounds is a season high and the most since they had 48 against St. Olaf at the start of last season. Concordia also turned the ball over 24 times in the game - the second most of the entire season and most in MIAC play.
St. Thomas shot 42.9% (24-for-56) for the game from the floor and 37.5% (6-for-16) from 3-point range. The Tommies were also sent to the free throw line 31 times and shot 64.5% (20-for-31) from the foul line. UST turned Concordia's 24 miscues into a 26-18 edge in points off of turnovers.
- With their 74-65 loss at St. Thomas, Concordia is now 5-8 overall this season. The five wins for Concordia is more than they had in all of last season when they went 4-21.
- The Cobbers have now lost two straight conference games for the second time this season (at St. John's/at Carleton)
- Concordia is now 48-70 lifetime against St. Thomas. UST has now won the last five meetings in the series and six of the last seven.
- Concordia is now 5-14 against the Tommies in the last 19 games played at St. Thomas.
- The last time CC won at UST was on Feb. 16, 2005, when the Cobbers prevailed 69-63.
- The Cobbers netted four 3-point baskets against the Tommies and have now made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 214 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against Macalester on Feb. 2, 2000 (0-for-7).
- The 46 rebounds against UST is a season high and most since they had 48 against St. Olaf at the start of last season.
- Concordia had 24 turnovers in the game. That is the most in conference play this season and second most in any game this year (25 vs. MSU Moorhead).
- CC also had a season-high 27 fouls in the game. That is the most since they also committed 27 vs. Gustavus on Dec. 3, 2005.
- James Baldwin had 12 points and 11 rebounds to record his first double-double of his career.
- Baldwin's 12 points is a season high and his 11 rebounds were the second best of the season (12 vs. St. Olaf).
- With his team-high 13 points, Luke Linz has now led the team in scoring in 10 of the team's 13 games this year.
- Linz has now scored 1,126 points in his career. He is fourth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Next up is Bob Peterson who had 1,373 points from 1966-70.
- 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.
- Linz has scored in double figures in all eight of the Cobbers' MIAC games this season. He has scored at least 10 points in 28 consecutive conference games - a streak that dates back to Jan. 18, 2006 when he injured his foot against Hamline and was limited to two points.
- With his five rebounds vs. UST , Linz continues to close in on the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. He currently has 439 rebounds. Linz needs 106 more rebounds to become the school's all-time leading rebounder. Brad Keenan hauled down 544 rebounds from 1989-92,1994-95.
- Linz fouled out for the second time this season (at MSU Moorhead - Dec. 15). He only had one in all of last year and one in his entire career before this season.
- Karl Olson had a career-high five steals against UST. That also ties a team-high for the season. Jason Huschle also had five steals vs. Neb. Wesleyan on Nov. 23.
- Erik Lien was held scoreless in the game. That is the first time in his collegiate career that he has failed to register a point. His previous low was four points against MSU Moorhead in the second game of the year.
- Lien also had his streak of nine straight games of double-digit scoring ended.