2008-09 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia freshman guard Eric Hartmann goes for a scoop shot in the first half of the Cobbers' 77-66 win over Hamline on Saturday. Hartmann had a career-high 16 points for CC.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/13/08)-- Pivotal Plays: A combination of four 3-point baskets for the Cobbers helped CC post their first conference win of the season. Concordia ended up connecting on a season-high 13 shots from behind the arc as they ended their four-game losing streak in the 77-66 win over the Pipers.

The first two clutch long-range shots came in the first half. With the Cobbers trailing 26-25 with 3:10 to play in the opening period, freshman guard Eric Hartmann connected on the first of his four 3-point shots to give the Cobbers a two-point lead at 28-25. That would be the last time in the game that Hamline held a lead. Erik Lien then hit a long-range shot of his own to put the Cobbers up by five and give the team the momentum heading into the break. In the second half, the Pipers rallied to tie the score at 56-56 with 8:31 to play but then Hartmann flushed another 3-point field goal to push Concordia back up by three and take the wind out of the Pipers' momentum sails. The Pipers tried to get back into the game and hit on two free throws to get to within four with less than two minutes to play but then sophomore guard Karl Olson hit on one of his two 3-pointers in the game and sealed the fate of the Pipers with 1:26 remaining in the game.

Unheralded Performances: Sophomore Kelly Hofer got the first start of his career and scored eight points and added two rebounds and two assists. He did not have a turnover in the game. Olson finished with six points but also had five assists and an astonishing career-high three blocks for the game.

Key Stats: Concordia shot 50.0% (13-for-26) from 3-point range for the game. CC entered the game ninth in the MIAC in shooting from behind the arc. The Cobbers were only shooting 31.4% from long range and had only shot better than 37.0% from 3-point range once in the first seven games of the season. The 50.0% from behind the arc is a season high and the 13 made 3-point field goals ties the most by a Cobber team since 2003-04 season when made 15 shots from long range against Mayville State. Concordia also connected on 13 3-point attempts on Feb. 4, 2006 against Carleton.

Hartmann finished with a career-high 16 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. He entered the game with only three made 3-point shots in the first seven games of the year. The Cobbers had four players in double figures in scoring. Hartmann was joined by Darrin Olmscheid, John Fraase and Cody Dyshaw. Olmscheid had 14 points while Fraase and Dyshaw added 10 each. Fraase also collected a game-high 11 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season. The Cobbers finished the game by outrebounding the Pipers 30-25.

Concordia shot 51.9% (28-for-54) from the floor for the game which was also a season high for the team.

Hamline also had four players in double figures in scoring and was led by Carl Hipp who had 14 points and went 6-for-10 from the floor. He also had 10 rebounds which gave him his second double-double of the year. The Pipers shot 44.4% (24-for-54) from the floor for the game and 39.1% (9-for-23) from 3-point distance.

Noteworthy: The victory gives Cobber head coach Rich Glas 493 career wins. Glas is coaching in his 29th overall season in collegiate basketball and now has a career record of 493-307

The four-game losing streak was the longest since the 2006-07 season. The Cobbers have now beaten Hamline three straight times and four of the last five games in the series. Overall the Pipers still hold a 77-55 lead in the series history.

Concordia is now 1-3 in conference play before the Christmas break. It marks the third straight season that CC has not more than one MIAC game in the stretch played before the holiday vacation.

Spin Ahead: Concordia will have a 16-day break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action at home against Nebraska Wesleyan on Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. The Cobbers will return to conference play on Saturday, Jan. 3 when they host Bethel at 3 p.m. That will start a stretch where CC will play three of its next four games at home. They will also host Augsburg and St. John’s and have a road game at Macalester during that string of games to start the New Year.