2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Ryan Johnson plays defense on the ball while Ryan Hagemeyer defends in the post in the Cobbers' 51-50 loss at Gustavus on Monday. The Cobbers shot just 22.2% in the second period and are now 10-7 in conference play. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
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ST. PETER, Minn. (2/11/08)-- Concordia scored just 15 points and shot 22.2% (4-for-18) in the second half against Gustavus and lost 51-50 in St. Peter on Monday. The Cobbers led 35-25 at the half, but then had their shooting touch leave town and lost by one on a shot with :07 seconds to play.

The loss is a missed opportunity for the Cobbers to gain ground on the second-place Gusties. Concordia trailed Gustavus by two games heading into the night. CC now drops to 10-7 in the league and is 1/2 game ahead of idle Carleton for fourth place in the conference standings. The Cobbers even their overall record at 11-11 on the year. Gustavus all but locks up one of the top two spots in the conference with the win. GAC is now 13-3 in the MIAC and 17-5 overall.

Concordia controlled the game for most of the first half and almost the entire second half. The Cobbers had the lead for all but 3:34 in the opening period and then the complete second half until the decisive basket by Trevor Wittwer with :07 seconds to play sealed the fate of Concordia.

The first half started with Gustavus trying to grab the game by the collar and make amends for an earlier loss at Concordia. The Gusties went out to a 6-3 lead in the first two minutes of play before the Cobbers went on a 12-0 run to take a nine-point lead at 15-6 with 13:29 left to play in the opening half. From there, CC would hold off Gustavus as they tried to pull even. GAC got as close as four points several times with the last attempt coming at 1:49. A pair of three-point baskets and two free throws helped Concordia take a 35-25 lead into the break.

Gustavus quickly cut the lead to two points in the first six minutes of play in the second half as they went on a 12-4 run and ran the score to 39-37. The game would stay tight for the remainder of the half. CC pulled to a six-point lead at  46-40 midway through the half but then GAC responded with a 5-0 run to get back to within one.

Perhaps the two biggest plays of the entire game came in a :55 second span with 3:15 to play. Concordia's MIAC MVP candidate Luke Linz was called for a foul on a loose ball situation for his fourth foul of the game. Less than one minute later he picked up his game disqualification foul after trying to stop an uncontested Gustavus layup. Playing without their "go to" player on offense in the final 2:20 of play, the Cobbers were held without a point and managed to get off only off three field goal attempts before the game-winning basket.

Gustavus stayed close the entire second half and won the game when Wittwer's 10-foot fadeaway hit the rim and bounced around before finally falling through the basket.

Concordia had one final chance before the buzzer. Freshman Karl Olson was able to get the ball to within nine feet of the Gustie basket, but his highly contested shot hit the rim and fell off towards the side of the glass.


Concordia travel to Augsburg on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a game at 3 p.m. to complete their final road games of the regular season. The Cobbers will then return home to face league-leading St. Thomas on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.


Linz returned to his high-scoring ways for the Cobbers. After being held to just 10 points against Bethel on Saturday, Linz went 7-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line and finished with a game-high 20 points. It is the third time in the last four games that Linz has scored at least 20 points. He also added four rebounds and now has 497 for his career. He is three rebounds shy of becoming the first CC player to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. Linz was the only Cobber player with more than nine points in the game and was one of only six Concordia players to score. Darrin Olmscheid hit a couple of key baskets in the first half and had nine points - all of which came in the first 20 minutes.

Gustavus had three players in double figures but didn't have single player with more than 10 points in the game. Kane Sivesind and Mike DesLauriers led the way with 10 points each and Wittwer was held to nine points. Wittwer also had six rebounds. Andrew Doble came off the bench to grab a game-high seven rebounds.


The real statistical story for the Cobbers came in the second half. After shooting 51.9% (14-for-27) from the field and 42.9% (3-for-7) from 3-point range in the first half, Concordia went frigid in the second period and shot just 22.2% (4-for-18) from the floor in the second half. CC did not make a single shot from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes of play and was held to just one 3-point attempt in the entire second half. The Cobbers went 11-for-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line for the game.

The other big stat news came on the offensive glass. Gustavus had seven offensive rebounds in the second half and finished the game with 13 offensive boards as compared to only six for CC.

In the first half Concordia turned the ball over three times and then made 12 miscues in the second period. Gustavus also came away with six steals in the second half of play.

The Gusties were consistent from the floor in both periods. They shot 32.1% (9-for-28) in the first half and 33.3% (9-for-27) in the second half to finish the game by shooting 32.7% (18-for-55). GAC was also 6-for-16 (37.5%) from long range. They were unable to connect from the foul line, shooting just 56.3% (9-for-16). That is the second lowest free throw percentage of the season for Gustavus.

GAC held a slim 35-33 edge in rebounding for the game. Concordia outscored the Gusties 14-10 in points in the paint and 10-9 in points off of turnovers, while Gustavus held an 18-11 advantage in bench points.