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Concordia MIAC Postseason Award Winners
Robust Cobbers Have Three
Players Earn MIAC Postseason Prescriptions!
It is the second straight season for Nelson to claim all-conference honors, while Eckhoff and Linz are bestowed with the first postseason awards of their careers. The trio helped Concordia earn their second consecutive MIAC tournament berth. The Cobbers finished the season with a 11-9 mark in conference play and were 13-13 overall. In the past two seasons, Concordia has won 31 games, which is the highest two-year total since the Cobbers posted 34 wins in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
For Nelson it is a fitting end to his stellar career. Earlier in the season he became the ninth player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. He finished his career with 1,071 points, which places him sixth on the all-time list for menís basketball players at Concordia.
Nelson was the team's second leading scorer in 2004-05 with a 14.9 points per game average. That total is the highest of his four-year career. His 4.9 rebounds per game average led the team and he was also tops in blocked shots (20). His blocked shots total placed him sixth in the conference.
Eckhoff had a breakthrough season as the team's leading scorer. The effortless assassin finished third in the MIAC in scoring with a 20.1 points per game average in the team's 20 league games. He was second in free throw percentage (84.1%), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (47.0%) and tied for fifth in assists (3.90 apg).
In overall games, Eckhoff finished third in the nation in 3-point percentage (47.9%) and 24th in scoring average. Eckhoff scored at least 30 points in an unbelievable five games this season, including 31 in the team's conference overtime playofff game at Bethel.
The "Big Easy" set a school record in 3-point field goal percentage this season. He also finished the season by scoring 552 points, which places him fifth on the schoolís all-time list of most points scored by an individual in a single season. In his first three seasons in maroon and gold, he has totaled 866 points and is on pace to join Nelson in the elite 1,000-point career club.
Linz is the final member of the trio to earn postseason honors. He becomes the first Cobber player to be placed on the all-first year team since Mike Wrobel accomplished the feat in the 1997-98 season.
Linz finished the season
by averaging 8.0 points per game and was tied for second in rebounding
(4.2 rpg). In the final six games of the year he averaged 9.5 points and
6.6 rebounds. He scored a career-high 17 points against UM-Morris and hauled
in a season-high 10 rebounds in the team's first game against Macalester.
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