2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia head coach Duane Siverson finished his career on Tuesday in the Cobbers' 75-64 loss to Bethel in the MIAC quarterfinals. Siverson led the Cobbers to seven MIAC playoff appearances during his career.
End of an Era!


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16-10/11-9 MIAC


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

Gameday Menu:

This Year's Series History:

Concordia vs. Bethel Game 1 | Concordia vs. Bethel Game 2

Series History: Concordia/Bethel Series History

Opponent's Website: Bethel Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball

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Gameday Program:

Complete Gameday Program vs. Bethel (pdf)

Gameday Rewind:

Picture Gallery: Concordia vs. Bethel Picture Gallery - Now Online!

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

Gameday Game Recap:

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/26/08)-- It wasn't supposed to end like it did. In a perfect world, Concordia would have made a deep run into the postseason and the Cobbers would have given head coach Duane Siverson a postseason to remember. Unfortunately, Moorhead isn't Hollywood and Concordia lost 75-64 to Bethel in the MIAC quarterfinals on Tuesday. The game was the final time on the sideline for Siverson who is stepping down after 17 years as men's coach, 24 years as head coach of the men's or women's team and 30 years in the athletic department.

Siverson ended his tenure by competing in his seventh MIAC playoff tournament on the men's side and in his 15th overall postseason competition. He goes down as the all-time winningest coach in Concordia basketball history with 349 combined victories in both the men's and women's programs.

The Cobbers end their season with an even 13-13 overall record. Bethel wins for the first time on the road in the first round and becomes the first No.5 seed to win a game in the history of the six-team conference tournament that started back in 2000-01. The Royals had been 0-2 in first round games away from home and 1-11 overall in road conference playoff contests. BU is now 16-10 in all games this year.

The game between the Cobbers and Royals wasn't a thing of beauty or a highlight reel on textbook basketball. What it turned out to be was a typical MIAC postseason game where both teams tried to get over nerves and used their physical presence on the defense to slow down the opposing team's offense. In the first half, Concordia shot 26.1% and connected on just six shots from the floor, while the Royals found a spark late in the period and finished by shooting 37.5% and hitting 12 field goals. Bethel used a 12-1 run in the middle of the first half to take control and seize a 38-25 lead at the break.

In the second half, Bethel held its double-digit lead until the 14:35 mark when Concordia went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead down to four points at 46-42. The run was highlighted by a Cody Dyshaw 3-point basket and an Erik Lien breakaway dunk. Unfortunately the Cobber momentum was brought to an abrupt halt when one of the CC players was called for a technical foul. Bethel converted on one of the two free throws and was able to take the air out of the Cobbers' sails by scoring the next three points and pushing the lead back to seven points. Concordia then connected on a pair of Luke Linz free throws to cut the margin back to five at 49-44 with 10:13 to play in the game.

That would be as close as the Cobbers would come. After getting a huge stop on the defensive end, CC committed one of their 15 turnovers in the game on the next trip down the floor and were never able to recover. The Royals rattled off 10 straight points to take a commanding 59-44 lead with under eight minutes to play. Concordia was only able to get to within nine points on two occasions and both times BU responded by making clutch free throws down the stretch.

Linz finished off his career in style by putting up game highs in scoring and rebounding. He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season and 10th of his storied career. He ends his time at Concordia with 1,365 points and 525 rebounds. He is fourth on the all-time scoring chart and second on the rebounding list.

Cobber freshman Ryan Hagemeyer had his best game of the season. Hagemeyer was another inside presence for CC and finished with a career-high 16 points and added four rebounds. No other Concordia player had more than eight points in the game. First-year point guard Karl Olson came away with seven points and a game-high five assists.

While Concordia used the strength of two big men for most of its points, Bethel relied on their overall depth to provide the offensive punch. The Royals had five players in double figures including two that came off the bench. Tim Madson struggled from the field but still managed to put up a team-high 13 points. Mike Moberg and Shane Flannery added 12 points each, while reserves Jeff Reck and JJ Palmer contributed 11 points a piece. For Palmer it was a career-high. His previous best was eight points against St. Mary's.

As a team, Concordia picked up its shooting pace in the second half and finished the game by connecting on 33.3% (19-for-57) of their shots from the floor. The Cobbers shot 31.6% (6-for-19) from 3-point range and 76.9% (20-for-26) from the free throw line. The 19 3-point attempts ties a season high. Concordia also attempted 19 shots from behind the arc in the very first game of the season against UM-Morris.

After a frustrating first 10 minutes, Bethel started to find the range and finished by hitting on 40.7% (24-for-59) from the floor. They were also 4-for-12 from 3-point range and made 69.7% (23-for-33) of their attempts from the foul line. It marked only the second time in the last 17 games that BU shot below 70.0% from the free throw stripe.

As the game wound down to a close, the playoff crowd stood and gave Siverson a standing ovation to thank him for all the wonderful memories and games he has participated in for the Cobbers. Siverson then hugged all his players and coaching staff and turned to his family to start a new chapter in his career at Concordia.