Darrin Olmscheid had 19 points in the Cobbers' 73-55 MIAC opening loss to No.3-ranked St. Thomas on Wednesday.
Cobbers Drop MIAC Opener!

Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: December 2, 2009

1st Half
2nd Half

Box Score

Gameday Menu:

Opponent's Website: St. Thomas Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball

Gameday Recap:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (12/02/09)-- For the second straight road game Concordia got off to a slow start, could never get on track on offense and fell to a top-flight team. On Saturday, the Cobbers fell behind IIAC preseason favorite Central 16-2 and ended up losing by 21. On Wednesday, CC got down 12-2 to No.3-ranked St. Thomas, scored only six points in the first 10 minutes of play and lost 73-55 to the MIAC preseason favorite Tommies.

The loss, in the conference opener for both teams, drops Concordia's record to 3-2 on the year. The Tommies remain unbeaten and move to 4-0.

Unlike Saturday when Concordia never got within 12 points for the remainder of the game against Central, the Cobbers were able to cut the early St. Thomas lead to six points at halftime and as few as five points on two occasions in the second half. Unfortunately they were never able to make a big run in the final 10 minutes of play and ended up losing by 18.

The game was won around the basket. St. Thomas outrebounded Concordia 33-23 and had a 36-22 advantage in points in the paint. The Tommies' ability to pound the ball inside on the break and in the halfcourt offense led to UST having nine more field goals in the game and shooting 54.0% (27-for-50) from the field. The Cobbers shot 40.9% (18-for-44) from the field and was only 6-for-20 (30.0%) from outside the arc.

The Cobbers were led in scoring by Darrin Olmscheid. Olmscheid kept CC in the game in the first half as he scored a half-high 13 points and was 5-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes of play. He finished with a game-high 19 points. Concordia junior all-conference player John Fraase was held to only two points in the game and was only able to get off two field goal attempts in 32 minutes of play as the Tommie defense concentrated on keeping Fraase off of the scoresheet. The two points is the lowest single-game total since his freshman season in 2007-08. Despite his low scoring total, Fraase was able to find the open man in the CC set offense and finished with a game-high five assists. It is the second-highest assist total in his career. Fraase also finished with a game-high nine rebounds and has had at least nine rebounds in the last three games.

Two other Concordia players finished in double figures in scoring. Sophomore guard Eric Hartmann had a season-high 11 points and Karl Olson and added 10.

Concordia will look to snap their two-game losing skid when they play at Gustavus on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.