2008-09 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Concordia sophomore John Fraase tracks down a loose ball under the watchful eye of teammate Eric Hartmann in the Cobbers' 66-62 over the Prairie Wolves on Monday. Fraase led CC with 16 points and 12 rebounds. (Picture courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/29/08)-- Pivotal Stretch: Concordia trailed by eight points with 17:40 to play in the second half and Nebraska Wesleyan was threatening to run away with the game. The Cobbers survived a pair of Prairie Wolve field goal attempts that would have pushed the lead into double digits for the first time in the game. CC freshman Eric Hartmann then made a 3-point field goal and a conventional 3-point play in the next three minutes to cut the lead to two points. The Cobbers eventually took their first lead of the second half when Ryan Hagemeyer connected on a jumper at 12:59 to give CC a 46-44 lead.

Unheralded Performances: Cobber senior Cody Dyshaw came off the bench to knock down three of his four 3-point field goal attempts and finish the game with 12 points. He hit two of his long-range shots after Nebraska Wesleyan had taken a pair of eight-point leads in the opening period. Sophomore Karl Olson had another solid game at the point of the CC offensive attack. He had a game-high four assists and was part of the Cobber offense that only turned the ball over a season-low 10 times in the game.

Key Stats: The game might have been won at the free throw line. The Cobbers made 12 of their 17 (70.6%) free throw attempts in the game. The 70.6% was below their season average of 71.9% but was better than the 53.3% (8-for-15) the Prairie Wolves shot in the game. Nebraska Wesleyan entered the game shooting 67.9% from the foul line. The difference of four made free throws was the point differential in the final score.

Cobber sophomore John Fraase continues to show off his stellar inside and mid-range jumper game. He finished with a team-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds. He collected half of the team's 24 total rebounds in the game. Fraase has now posted double-doubles in the past two games and in four of the team's nine games this season. He is now averaging a double-double on the season. He upped his rebounding average to 10.1 on the year and is now scoring at a 15.2 points per game clip. The Cobbers had three players in double figures in scoring. Besides Fraase and Dyshaw, Darrin Olmscheid finished with 11 points. He has now scored in double figures in six games this year.

Nebraska Wesleyan was led by Ryan Thramer who had a game-high 17 points and a team-high six rebounds. He went 4-for-5 from 3-point range and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Brandon Arp was the only other NWU player with more than nine points in the game. He added 12 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Noteworthy: Concordia has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Cobbers' longest winning streak last season was three games. CC is now 4-5 overall this year. Concordia finishes the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 3-2 mark. The Prairie Wolves have now lost four straight games. After starting the season 6-0, NWU is now 6-4.

Concordia has now shot at least 70.0% from the free throw line in four of their last five games. The Cobbers also extended their 3-point shooting streak. CC went 4-for-12 (33.3%) from behind the arc and has now made at least one 3-point basket in the past 236 consecutive games.

The victory pushes Cobber head coach Rich Glas' collegiate win total to 494. Glas, who is in his 29th season as a head college coach, is now 494-307.

Spin Ahead: The Cobbers will return to MIAC play on Saturday, Jan. 3 when they host Bethel at 3 p.m. That game will be the second half of the men’s/women’s doubleheader against the Royals. That game will also mark a stretch where the Concordia men’s team will play three home games in a span of one week and start the grueling January schedule of Saturday-Monday-Wednesday-Saturday games. After the Bethel game, CC will host Augsburg on Monday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and then play at Macalester on Wednesday, Jan. 7 before returning home to face St. John’s on Jan. 10.