2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Luke Linz goes for the rebound in the Cobbers' 84-77 win over St. Mary's on Saturday. With the victory, Concordia secures a home playoff game in the first round of the MIAC tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
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Gameday Scoreboard:

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2-23/2-18 MIAC

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13-12/12-8 MIAC

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Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Mary's Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Menu:

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

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

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

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball


Gameday Preview:

Gameday Program:

Complete Gameday Program vs. St. Mary's (pdf)


Gameday Rewind:

Picture Gallery: Concordia vs. St. Mary's Picture Gallery - Now Online!

Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Mary's Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Game Recap:

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/23/08)-- Behind 30 points from senior Luke Linz, Concordia survived a last-minute scoring rally and beat St. Mary's 84-77 on Saturday in Moorhead. With the win, the Cobbers secure a home game in the first round of the MIAC playoffs on Tuesday. CC will host Bethel in the first round of the conference tournament after the Royals beat Augsburg on a last-second 3-point basket and St. John's lost at home against regular-season champion St. Thomas.

The story of the game came in the final 1:17 of the second half when the two teams combined to score 31 points. Leading 71-60 with 77 seconds to play, the Cobbers looked like they were about to cruise to their 12th conference win of the year. However, the outside shooters of SMU had other ideas as they started to trade two point trips for 3-point field goals. In the final minute of play, the Cardinals hit on three 3-point baskets and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line and 5-for-8 from the free throw line. At the same time St. Mary's was finding their range from the outside, Concordia was getting into a rhythm at the foul stripe. In the final 1:17, CC went 13-for-14 from the free throw line to put the game away.

The closest the Cardinals came in the game came with :21 left to play when Will Wright hit his second 3-point basket of the game to cut the lead to four points at 79-75. Cobber senior Ryan Johnson would hit a pair of huge free throws to push the lead back to six points. Lukas Holland then hit a jumper from just inside the arc to trim the lead back to four at 81-77. That would be the closest SMU would get as CC hit 3-of-4 shots from the line in the final 10 seconds to push the final total to seven points.

The final 1:17 overshadowed a performance by the Cobbers where they led from the opening tap and built up an 18-point lead in the first half and a 17-point margin with 12:33 to play in the second period.

Linz posted his third 30-point game of the season. He ended his regular-season career by going 11-for-19 from the floor and 7-for-12 from the free throw line. Linz scored the first 14 points of the game for Concordia and had a nice-and-tidy dunk at the 3:00 mark. To go along with his 30 points, Linz had a game-high seven rebounds and added five assists for good measure.

CC freshman Erik Lien was the only other Cobber player in double figures. He came off the bench to score 12 points. He matched Linz with a first-half dunk and also had four rebounds. James Baldwin went for nine points and six rebounds.

Holland matched Linz by scoring a career-high 30 points. He shot 75.0% (12-for-16) from the floor and 50.0% (3-for-6) from 3-point range. At one point in the game anything that left Holland's hand automatically knifed its way throught the net. Wright added 21 points in the loss as the two teammates combined for 66.2% of the Cardinals' total points. Josh Knights had nine points and came away with a team-high six rebounds.

Concordia will now head to the postseason for the first time since the 2004-05 season. It will also be the Cobbers' first home playoff game since the 2003-04 campaign when they beat St. Thomas 74-61 in the first round of the conference tournament. CC is also 2-1 in playoff games played at home in the past 25 years. Concordia will host Bethel in the first round on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. The game will feature a live video stream as well as live statistics. Both features can be accessed through the Cobber athletics website home page.