2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia freshman John Fraase hits for two of his career-high 14 points in the Cobbers' critical 66-62 win over Bethel on Saturday. CC is now 10-6 in the MIAC and in sole possession of third place with four games left in the season. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
Cobbers Grab Key Road Win!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

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11-10/10-6 MIAC

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66

12-9/8-8 MIAC

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62

Game Stats: Concordia vs. Bethel Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Menu:

MIAC Men's Basketball Notes: MIAC Men's Basketball Weekly Release (pdf)

Series History: Concordia/Bethel Series History

Opponent's Website: Bethel Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball


Gameday Rewind:

Game Stats: Concordia vs. Bethel Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Game Recap:

GAME STORY

ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/09/08)-- Once again a freshman stepped up to play the able sidekick to the Cobbers superhero Luke Linz. However, on Saturday against Bethel, the Concordia dynamic duo had a different twist but provided the same result as CC hung on down the stretch to beat Bethel 66-62. The win helps Concordia stay in sole possession of third place in the league standings. The Cobbers are now 10-6 in league play and reach the 10-win mark in conference play for the first time since the 2004-05 season - the last time they made the MIAC postseason.  CC is now 11-10 overall marking the first time all year they have been above the .500 level.

The second fiddle for the Cobbers on Saturday didn't bare the name Lien, Olmscheid or Olson, instead it was hard-nosed John Fraase that stepped up to capture the win for Concordia. Fraase came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points. His previous season-high came at Hamline when he scored eight points. Fraase went 6-for-8 from the field and also added seven key rebounds to his stat line. He finished with 14 points in 15 minutes of play.

Concordia led throughout most of the first half and even extended their lead to 12 points with just over seven minutes to play in the opening period. Bethel then called timeout and proceeded to reel Concordia back in, closing the margin to one point at the break.

In the second half, the Cobbers would dart to a short lead and then the Royals would catch back up and stay close. BU even held the lead on three occasions in the final ten minutes of play. But each time the Royals would take the slim lead, Concordia would get a clutch bucket and retake the lead.

The game was decided in the final two minutes of play. With the score deadlocked at 62-62, the Cobbers received the game-winning points from their meal ticket. Linz was fouled going for a defensive rebound and calmly sank the two ensuing free throws. A turnover and a couple of defensive stops let Karl Olson ice the game with two foul shots with 13 seconds left to go in the game.  

UP NEXT

Concordia will stay on the road for the next two games. After the game with the Royals, the Cobbers will play at second-place Gustavus on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. CC will the travel to Augsburg on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a game at 3 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP

Linz was once again the focal point for the Cobbers. He finished with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season. He also had three assists and two blocks. Olson played another steady game at the point. He chipped in eight points to go with three assists and three steals. He had only one turnover in the game. He has had fewer than two miscues in five of the past six games. Ryan Hagemeyer played a key role in the win as he helped the inside presence of the Cobbers all game long. He tied his career high in points with nine.

Bethel had three players with more than 10 points but did not have a player go off and get more than 16 points in the game. Nick Otterson led the Royals with 16 points. It is only the fourth time all season he has led the team in scoring. The high-scoring duo of Tim Madson and Mike Moberg were held to 14 points each. For Madsen it was only the second time in the past seven games he has been held under 20 points. Moberg had a team-high eight rebounds.

TEAM STAT RECAP

The strength of the Cobbers is their depth and their depth paid off on Saturday. Concordia had nine players score at least two points in the game. The CC bench outscored the Bethel non-starters 36-18 to provide the biggest statistical difference on the day.

As a team, Concordia shot 49.0% (24-for-49) from the floor and 27.3% (3-for-11) from outside the arc. CC was content to get the ball inside and was rewarded by making 15 of their 20 (75.0%) foul shots. Concordia also used that inside presence to come away with a 33-28 margin in rebounding and a 14-6 edge in points in the paint.

Bethel shot better from 3-point range than they did from the field. The Royals connected on 50.0% (8-for-16) of their long-range shots and just 39.2% (20-for-51) of their attempts from the floor. They went 14-for-17 (82.4%) from the free throw line in the game.