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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/23/08)-- After holding St. Mary's to 44 points in a 71-44 win on Sunday, Concordia did that one point better by limiting St. John's to 43 points as the Cobbers muscled their way to a 54-43 in Moorhead on Wednesday. CC has now won three straight games and six of their past eight and is in a two-way tie for second place with Carleton who beat Augsburg 74-56 on Wednesday.
With the win Concordia improves to 8-8 overall and 704 in the MIAC. It is the latest in the season that the Cobbers have been at, or above, the .500 mark since they were also 8-8 on Jan. 23, 2005. The Johnnies lose for the second straight game and fall out of the three-way tie for third place. SJU is now 6-5 in league games and 9-7 overall.
The Concordia defense limited St. John's to a scant 28.3% (17-for-60) for the game. It marks the second straight game that the Cobber defense has held their opponent to under 30.0% shooting from the floor. CC is now 5-0 when they hold their opponent under 40.0% shooting from the field in MIAC games.
CC stepped on the defensive gas petal from the opening tip, limiting SJU to only 19 points in the first 20 minutes of play. The Cobbers bolted to an 8-0 lead at the start of the game and held St. John's to only 28.6% (8-for-28) from the floor in the opening half. St. John's made their only run of the game towards the back end of the opening half. Trailing 12-8, SJU went on an 11-4 run to take their only lead of the game at 19-16 when Chris Schwartz connected on a 3-point field goal with 3:52 remaining in the first half. Concordia's defense then shutout the Johnnies for the rest of the period and CC was able to take a 21-19 lead at halftime.
Concordia held a two to four-point lead throughout the first part of the second half and then slowly eased the margin to six points at the midway point of the period. From there, St. John's would creep as close as three points on four occasions before Concordia finally slammed the door in the final two minutes of the game when they went on a 6-0 run to close out the game.
Concordia will host Carleton on Saturday at 3 p.m. in another battle of teams tied for third place in the MIAC. After the two key home games, the Cobbers will hit the road for a pair of away games. They will play at St. Olaf on Jan. 30 and then head to St. Paul to take on Macalester on Feb. 2.
INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP
Both teams had only two players in double figures for the game. The difference came from the overall depth of the Cobbers who had nine players score at least two points. St. John's, playing without starting guard Ryan Leiser who was a game-time scratch, played only eight players and did not have a non-starter score in the game. Luke Linz, who was celebrating his birthday on Wednesday, came away with a team-high 12 points in the game. It marks the fifth straight game that he has led the team in scoring. He also hauled down a team-high six rebounds. Freshman forward Erik Lien came off the bench to post 10 points. It is the 11th time in the past 13 games that he has scored in double figures. Point guard Karl Olson, the league leader in steals, had a game-high three thefts to go along with five rebounds and two assists.
The Johnnies had a pair of players in double figures in scoring and a separate pair with double-digit rebounds totals. Schwartz led all scorers with 15 points but was 3-for-11 from 3-point range. Center Michael Stiller went 5-for-7 from the floor and added 12 points. SJU's leading scorer Brady Brink was limited to a season-low five points. Last time the two teams met he went off for 31 points. Brink went a St. Ben's-like 2-for-17 (11.7%) from the field and added 10 rebounds. Aaron Burtzel matched Brink's rebound total. He finished with 10 boards and chipped in six points.
TEAM STAT RECAP
Concordia shot a respectable 45.2% (19-for-42) from the field and 36.4% (4-for-11) from behind the arc. CC is now 6-1 in the MIAC when they shoot better than 40.0% from the floor. The Cobbers were also 12-for-17 (70.6%) from the free throw line.
As cold as the Johnnies were from the field, they were even more frigid from 3-point range. SJU shot just 22.7% (5-for-22) from behind the arc. Both their field goal percentage (28.3%) and their 3-point field goal percentage are season lows. The previous low in field goal percentage was against St. Thomas on Monday when they shot 38.8%. It is the lowest field goal percentage in a single game since before the 2004-05 season.
St. John's outrebounded Concordia 34-27. However, Concordia held a 22-20 edge in points in the paint. The biggest statistical oddity came from bench scoring where the Cobbers outscored the SJU bench 20-0. In the two games between the teams this season, The Johnnies have not received a single point from non-tarters. CC has outscored the St. John's bench by a combined total of 53-0 in those two games.
- With their 54-43 win over St. John's, Concordia is 8-8/7-4 MIAC this season. They are now tied with Carleton for third place in the league standings.
- The eight overall wins for Concordia is more than they had in all of last season when they went 4-21 and most since they 13 during the 2004-05 campaign.
- The Cobbers have now won three straight games for the second time this season.
- CC is now 5-1 at home in conference games. They are 5-2 overall at Memorial Auditorium this season.
- Concordia is now 62-91 lifetime against St. John’s.
- The CC win snaps a three-game losing skid to the Johnnies.
- The win also ends a two-game home losing streak against SJU.
- The Cobbers are now 8-11 in the last 19 games played against SJU in Moorhead
- Head Coach Duane Siverson is now 10-26 against St. John’s while coaching the men’s team.
- Concordia allowed SJU only 43 points in the game. That, coupled with the 44 they allowed against St. Mary's, marks the first time they have conceded fewer than 50 points in back-to-back games since the 1949-50 season.
- The Cobbers have also held their opponents to fewer than 50 points twice this year. That is the most since they accomplished that feat three times back in the 1986-87 season.
- Concordia has now conceded 60 or fewer points in a game five times this year. They pulled off that feat only twice last year and three times in the past two years. It is the most since they held opponents under 60 points five times in the 2004-05 season.
- With their four 3-point field goals vs. SJU, the Cobbers have now made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 217 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against Macalester on Feb. 2, 2000 (0-for-7).
- Concordia is now 2-2 in games played on Wednesdays this season
- The Cobbers are now 7-0 when leading at halftime this season
- By shooting 45.2% against St. John's, CC ups their record to 65-1 in the MIAC when they shoot better than 40.0% from the field for the game.
- Concordia is now 5-0 when they hold their opponents to under 40.0% for the game in MIAC games.
- With his 12 points against St. John's, Luke Linz has now has led the team in scoring in five consecutive games and in 13 of the team's 16 games this year. He has scored at least 20 points in five games this season.
- Linz has now scored 1,165 points in his career. He is now 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. He has scored in double figures in all 11 of the Cobbers' MIAC games this season. He has scored at least 10 points in 31 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 six rebounds, Linz now has 461 rebounds. Linz needs 84 more rebounds to become the school's all-time leading rebounder. Brad Keenan hauled down 544 rebounds from 1989-92, 1994-95.