2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
The Concordia defense completely surrounded St. Mary's on Sunday, allowing a season-low 44 points in the team's 71-44 win. That is the fewest points allowed in a single game since the 1995-96 season. The Cobbers finish the first half of the MIAC season with a 6-4 mark in conference play. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
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Gameday Scoreboard:

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7-8/6-4 MIAC

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71

1-14/1-9 MIAC

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Series History: Concordia/St. Mary's Series History

Opponent's Website: St. Mary's Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball


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Gameday Game Recap:

GAME STORY

WINONA, Minn. (1/20/08)-- It was just what the doctor ordered. After playing tight game after tight game, the Cobbers finally posted a wire-to-wire, easy peasy lemon squeezy victory. Concordia limited St. Mary's to a mere 44 points and cruised to a 71-44 win on Sunday in Winona. The victory is the second straight for the Cobbers who finish the first half of the MIAC regular season with a 6-4 league record. CC is now 7-8 overall. The 6-4 MIAC mark is the best record at the halfway point of the season since the Cobbers were 7-3 during the 2003-04 season.

The 44 points allowed by the Cobbers is the fewest in a single game since CC beat Gustavus 47-43 in the championship game of the MIAC playoffs back in the the 1995-96 campaign. The 27-point margin of victory is the most since Concordia beat Hamline by 40 points on Feb. 14, 2004.

The game was won in the first six minutes of the game when Concordia jumped all over the Cardinals and sprinted to a 20-5 lead. CC would extend the margin to 25 points at the 7:37 mark when Luke Linz scored on a layup to make the score 37-12. SMU was able to cut into the lead in the final five minutes of play in the opening period as they went on a 13-1 run to cut the lead to 13 points. The Cobbers then closed out the half by making the final two points and taking a 40-25 lead into the break.

The Cobbers refused to let up in the second 20 minutes and held the Cardinals to six less points than they had in the first half. CC steadily built the lead back up in the second period until the final 27-point margin.

UP NEXT

Concordia will return home to open up play in the second round of the MIAC regular season. The Cobbers will host St. John's on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and then square off against Carleton on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP

Concordia finished with only two players in double figures in scoring but had 11 plyers score at least two points. CC was led by Linz who finished with 14 points. It is the fourth straight game, and sixth time in the past seven games, he has led the team in scoring. Linz played only 24 minutes in the game, the second fewest of the season, and went 6-for-12 from the floor and gathered in a game-high seven rebounds. Freshman Darrin Olmscheid was the only other CC player with more than eight points. He had 11 points for the game, nine of which came in the first half of play. Erik Lien was held under 10 points for only the second time in the past 12 games. He had eight points to go along with five rebounds. Point guard Karl Olson filled up the stat sheet by coming away with six points, five assists, four rebounds and three assists. Things were going so well for Concordia that freshman Ty Burington was able to see his first varsity action of the year and knocked down one of his two 3-point field goal attempts and finished with three points.

St. Mary's had only six players score in the game. Lukas Holland and Will Wright had 10 points each as the two combined for almost 50.0% of the team's total offensive output. Wright was also one of three players on the team with six rebounds. He was joined by Dan Cormier and Gary Seifert in posting team highs on the glass.

TEAM STAT RECAP

Concordia breezed to a 45.9% (28-for-61) shooting afternoon from the field. The Cobbers also shot 27.3% (3-for-11) from 3-point range and 75.0% (12-for-16) from the free throw line. CC held a decisive 45-31 edge in rebounding. The 45 team rebounds is the second highest of the season for the Cobbers.

SMU struggled to shoot 29.8% (17-for-57) from the floor and 26.9% (7-for-26) from behind the arc. The Cardinals only attempted only four free throws in the game as they were content to pull up and try to knock down a contested jump shot.

The Cobbers held a significant advantage in every statistical comparison category. CC outscored St. Mary's 38-12 in points in the paint, 32-18 in bench points 26-9 in points off of turnovers and 20-11 in second chance points.

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