2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia freshman Darrin Olmscheid blows by his defender on his way to a second-half dunk in the Cobbers' 73-72 win over Hamline on Wednesday. CC is now 9-6 in the MIAC and in sole possession of third place.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/06/08)-- Luke Linz made five straight free throws in the final 38 seconds and finished with a game-high 26 points to help Concordia edge Hamline 73-72 in Moorhead on Wednesday. The win ups the Cobbers' MIAC record to 9-6 and CC moves into sole possession of third place in the league standings after Bethel lost to league-leading St. Thomas on Wednesday. Concordia evens their overall record at 10-10. The 10 total wins marks the first time since 2004-05 season that the Cobbers have won at least 10 games on the year.

The victory also gives the Cobbers a season sweep over Hamline. It is the second straight season sweep for Concordia after they completed the sweep over Macalester on Saturday.

The Pipers, who hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the final margin to one, falls for the fifth straight game and nine of the past ten. HU is now 7-13 overall and 5-10 in the MIAC.

Concordia led wire-to-wire in the game. The Cobbers raced to a nine-point lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Hamline cut into the lead and trimmed it to five points at 21-16 with 8:24 to go in the first half. CC then went on a 6-1 run to push the lead to 10 points at 27-17 at the 6:09 mark. Concordia would push the lead to as many as 13 points before the Pipers came back to get to within eight at the break.

In the second half, the lead hung around the nine-point mark for the first 12 minutes. That is when the Pipers made a run at Concordia and got back in the game. Trailing 59-50 with 8:00 to play, Hamline went on a 7-1 run to cut the lead to three at 60-57 with 5:28 to play. Concordia junior guard Cody Dyshaw then hit one of the biggest baskets of the game when he drained a 3-point field goal to push the margin back to six points. The Pipers made their final run with just over 2:00 to play.

They were able to cut the lead to 3-points on two occasions by baskets from Tony Thrasher, but each time the Cobbers were able to respond with points of their own. That exchange set the stage for the free-throw shooting prowess of Linz who connected on five straight in the final seconds. Concordia took a 73-68 lead with :06 seconds to play on the final Linz free throw and then Brandon Hayes hit the long-range shot to push the final score to 83-82.


Concordia faces a critical five-day period. After tonight, the Cobbers will play at Bethel on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then at Gustavus on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Concordia’s next home game will be two weeks from tonight when they take on league-leading St. Thomas.


Linz had his second straight 20-point-plus game. He had 28 points in the team's win against Macalester on Saturday. Linz now has now scored at least 20 points seven times this season and 21 for his career. Dyshaw was the only other Concordia player with more than eight points. He went 4-for-5 from behind the arc and finished with 12 points. Freshman guard Karl Olson had a game-high four assists and scored eight points. Darrin Olmscheid also had eight points and had a nifty baseline jam in the second half. James Baldwin finished with a team-high six rebounds.

Hamline placed four of their five starters in double figures in scoring, but only received nine points from their bench. Thrasher was 3-for-5 from behind the arc and had a team-high 19 points. Carl Hipp put up a double-double as he had 10 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds. Tanner Anderson added 16 points and Erik Gusaas had 13.


Both teams shot at least 50.0% from the field and 3-point range for the game. Concordia shot 51.0% (26-for-51) from the floor and 53.8% (7-for-13) from behind the arc. It is the second straight game they have shot better than 50.0% from 3-point land. CC was also 14-for-20 (70.0%) from the free throw line.

The Pipers entered the game as the second best free throw shooting team in the MIAC - connecting on 76.2% of their foul shots in conference play. HU connected on only 61.1% (11-for-18) from the free throw line against Concordia. The Pipers shot 50.0% (27-for-54) from the floor and 50.0% (7-for-14) from 3-point range.

Hamline outrebounded the Cobbers 26-23 and both teams scored 20 points in the paint. The biggest statistical difference in the game came from bench scoring where the Cobber reserves outscored their counterparts 24-9.