2008-09 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Cobber sophomore John Fraase lays in two of his 14 points in Concordia's 84-79 over Pacific Lutheran on Friday. Fraase helped CC go 1-1 in the tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team. (Picture courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
Cobbers Go 1-1 At PLU Tourney!


All-Tournament Team:

Victor Bull, PLU
Josh Dressler, PLU
Kevin Murray, Wittenberg
John Fraase, Concordia-Moorhead
Steven Vaughan, Concordia-Portland

Opponent's Website: Pacific Lutheran Men's Basketball | Concordia (Ore.) Men's Basketball

Tournament Rewind:

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

Game Stats: Concordia vs. Concordia Univ. (Ore.) Box Score - Now Online!

Tournament Game Recaps:

Pacific Lutheran Game Recap (courtesy of PLU SID)

PARKLAND, Wash. (11/28/08)-- John Fraase scored 14 points and swept up 17 rebounds to lead the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers to an 84-79 men’s basketball victory over Pacific Lutheran to conclude Friday’s action in the Pacific Northwest Lutheran Invitational at PLU’s Olson Auditorium.

Fraase made 6-of-8 shots from the field on the way to his 14 points, but it was his work on the boards that proved crucial to the Cobbers. Of his 17 total rebounds, 13 came on the defensive end.

The Cobbers had a balanced scoring attack as Erik Lien and Ryan Hagemeyer both tallied 16 and Darrin Olmscheid scored 15 in addition to Fraase’s 14. The Cobbers shot the ball well, hitting 48 percent of their field goal tries.

The Lutes broke an early 4-4 tie on Josh Dressler’s three-point field goal at 17:25 and eventually built a 13-point lead at 26-13 on back-to-back three-point baskets by Nick Stackhouse.

That’s when the Cobbers started a comeback. Lien hit a three-point shot to get it going and Fraase added a pair of baskets as the visitors ran off 10 unanswered points. The Lutes rebuilt their lead to 31-23, but again Concordia-Moorhead had an answer, out-scoring PLU 12-3 over the final seven minutes to take a 35-34 halftime lead.

Concordia-Moorhead led almost the entire second half, though the Lutes did manage to take a four-point advantage at 53-49 on a Nick Stackhouse jumper with 11:43 remaining. Once the Cobbers regained the lead at 55-54 on Hagemeyer’s layup with 10:13 left, they never again trailed. They continued to work the ball inside and the Lutes were unable to make needed defensive stops.

Pacific Lutheran had balanced scoring with five players hitting double figures. Kyle MacTaggart led the way with 14 points off the bench, followed by Victor Bull with 13 points, Curtis Trondsen with 12, Josh Dressler with 11 and James Conti with 10. The Lutes hit just 40 percent of their field goal efforts and lost the rebounding battle, 47-36.

Concordia University (Ore.) Game Recap (courtesy of PLU SID)

PARKLAND, Wash. (11/29/08)-- Concordia-Portland scored 23 unanswered points in the final 6:30 of the first half on the way to a 85-70 men’s basketball victory over Concordia-Moorhead at the Pacific Northwest Lutheran Invitational at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium.

The Cavaliers (6-1) trailed 22-17 after Moorhead’s Karl Olson hit a free throw with 6:47 to play in the opening period. With Steven Vaughan doing most of the damage on the offensive end, the Concordia-Portland defense put the clamps on the Cobbers (3-2), who missed 10 straight shots while turning the ball over four times.

Sergio Rosario got the 23-0 run started with a three-point play and Desmond Meray followed with a jumper to tie the game at 22-22 with 5:43 left in the half. Vaughan scored 10 points over the next four minutes, and Rosario capped the run, hitting a jumper with five seconds on the clock.

Erik Lien opened the second half with a pair of free throws for the Cobbers, but Concordia-Portland built up a 22-point lead before settling for the 15-point victory.

Vaughan had a big game for the Cavaliers, scoring 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 shooting from the charity stripe. Sergio Rosario added 11 points for the Cavaliers and Jourdan Sweeney had nine, including a thunderous dunk midway through the second half.

John Fraase and Ryan Hagemeyer both scored 14 points to lead the Cobbers. For his two-game effort Fraase was selected to the All-Tournament Team.