2008-09 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
John Fraase tries to gain control of the ball in the Cobbers' 62-59 win over St. John's on Saturday. Fraase had 18 points and 15 rebounds to record his sixth straight double-double.
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Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. John's Box Score - Now Online!

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/10/09)-- With 2:07 to play in the game against St. John's on Saturday all signs pointed to another close, moral victory, loss for Concordia. The Cobbers trailed 59-53 and had been held back by the Johnnies after trying to close the gap with under five minutes to play. That's when the Cobbers' season might have turned completely around. Nursing a 2-5 record against conference opponents and not known for having the ability to score quickly to come from behind, CC received a 3-point basket from senior sniper Cody Dyshaw to cut the lead to three at 59-56 with 1:49 to play.  A missed 3-pointer from the Johnnies and then a John Fraase layup pulled Concordia to within one point a 59-59 with just over a minute to play. Darrin Olmscheid then took control of the game as he came up with a huge block on the defensive end and then scored the game-winning basket with :11 seconds to play on the offensive side of the court. Olmscheid then sealed the victory with a pair of free throws in the final seconds to give the Cobbers a 62-59 win.

Concordia finished the game by scoring the final nine points of the game and held St. John's without a field goal for the final 3:28 of the second half. The late-game run helped the Cobbers earn their third conference win of the season and kept them securely in the pack for a playoff spot. CC is now 3-5 in the MIAC and 6-7 overall. The win is also the second straight for Concordia and fourth in the past six games. St. John's falls for the third straight time in conference play. After starting the MIAC season with a 4-0 record, the Johnnies are now 4-3 in league play. SJU is 6-6 overall.

The game was a tale of two halves for the Cobber shooters. Concordia shot 26.9% (7-for-26) from the floor in the first half but then warmed up in the second half and shot 60.0% (18-for-30) in the final 20 minutes. CC trailed for almost the entire game. Concordia led 5-4 with 16:48 to play in the first half but then didn't have another lead again until Olmscheid's layup with :11 seconds to play.

For the game CC shot 44.6% (25-for-56) from the floor and 50.0% (9-for-18) from 3-point range. Concordia only got to the free throw line four times in the game and made three of the foul shots. The four free throw attempts is the fewest in a game for Concordia since the 2002-03 season when they only attempted three free throws ina game against Carleton. It also marks the second time in the past three games that the Cobbers have shot five or fewer free throws in a game. St. John's shot 38.2% (21-for-55) from the floor and 31.8% (7-for-22) from behind the arc. SJu was 10-for-11 from the free throw line.

The Cobbers were once again led by Fraase who posted game highs in points and rebounds. He finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds to record his sixth straight double-double and eighth in the team's 13 games this season. Olmscheid, who scored the final four points in th game, finished with 14 points. Dyshaw was the only other CC player with more than nine points in the game. He had 11 points and was 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Erik Lien started to regain his shooting touch. He went 3-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with nine points.

The Johnnies had two players in double figures for the game. Aaron Barmore had a team-high 16 points and Chris Schwartz added 13 in the losing effort. Aaron Burtzel had a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Cobbers will play only one game next week. CC will travel to Winona to take on St. Mary's in a midweek contest on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.