Dean, Cobbers steal victory from Pipers

By Eric Peterson
The Forum
If you were watching Concordia's Greg Dean play basketball for the first time, it might look like he keeps getting beat on defense - at first glance, that is.

If you looked a little deeper, however, you would see it's all part of the plan.

"It's the Paul Westhead theory," said Concordia coach Duane Siverson. "There's always a way to speed somebody up. Whether it's letting your man beat you or playing matador defense so you can come from behind."

Dean has mastered the "matador" defense. The 5-foot-10 senior guard sparked a huge Cobber second-half run as Concordia blew past Hamline 72-59 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball at the Cobber Fieldhouse Monday.

Dean finished the game with 11 of the Cobbers' 21 steals. Many of Dean's thefts came after he let his man past him and then tipped the ball away from behind.

"As a team we anticipate it," Dean said. "Basically we try to get them going in the backcourt and then come from behind. It's something we practice. I just got lucky tonight."

But luck alone doesn't explain the proficiency which Dean has exhibited all season on the defensive end. He has 73 steals in 14 games (5.2 per game).

Dean was at his best during a 26-2 Concordia run early in the second half, which effectively put the game away. The Rapid City, S.D., product recorded five thefts in that span.

After opening the game with a 21-10 run, the Cobbers went cold. They failed to score in the last 5:40 of the first half. That enabled the Pipers to tie the game 26-26 at the half.

The teams traded baskets at the start the second half, but that's when the Cobbers caught fire.

Brett Klabo's putback with 18 minutes remaining in the game started the surge and a James Gillhouse lay-up with 12:37 left capped it. Gillhouse's bucket put the Cobbers up 54-30, their biggest lead of the game.

While Dean sparked the defense, Daimen Crump ignited the offense. Crump scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. The 6-foot-3 forward had his own 11-0 spurt during the Cobbers' big run.

Crump hit two 3-pointers, a dunk and a 3-pointer in a span of 1 minute, 50 seconds. Crump's third 3-pointer put the Cobbers up 49-30 with 13:05 remaining.

"We came in at halftime a little upset," Dean said. "We knew we could play better than we did in the first half."

Siverson said: "I was pleased with how we played in the first half. We held them to 26 points. Offensively, we were too anxious and took some quick shots."

Concordia has now won three straight conference games. The Cobbers improve to 6-8 overall and 5-6 in the conference. Hamline falls to 7-7 and 5-6.

"The difference now is believing they can win," said Siverson of his team's streak. "Saturday's win against St. John's was huge. Now we know we can beat anybody in the league."

HAMLINE (59): Smock 2-5 0-0 4, Stibbins 0-3 0-0 0, Kor 0-1 0-0 0, Barrickman 4-7 0-1 10, Young 3-5 1-1 8, Dueffert 4-8 0-0 9, Gardner 1-3 0-3 2, Roseberg 4-12 2-6 10, Clauson 1-4 2-3 4, Krall 3-8 0-0 8, Harrington 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 24-60 5-14 59.

CONCORDIA (72): Dean 3-4 1-1 7, Benson 0-1 0-0 0, Bjork 0-0 0-1 0, Wishart 1-1 0-0 2, Bishop 5-11 0-0 14, Guida 6-8 0-0 12, Kjesbo 0-0 0-0 0, Crump 8-14 0-0 19, Gillhouse 1-8 0-2 2, Pearson 3-10 0-1 9, Kesselring 0-0 1-2 1, Klabo 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 30-64 2-6 72.

Halftime: Hamline 26, Concordia 26. Total fouls: Hamline 11, Concordia 18. 3-point goals: Hamline 6-18 (Smock 0-2, Stibbins 0-2, Barrickman 2-3, Young 1-2, Dueffert 1-3, Gardner 0-1, Roseberg 0-1, Krall 2-4), Concordia 10-22 (Bishop 4-9, Guida 0-1, Crump 3-5, Gillhouse 0-1, Pearson 3-6). Rebounds: Hamline 38 (Roseberg 10), Concordia 43 (Gillhouse 11). Steals: Hamline 12 (Roseberg 4), Concordia 21 (Dean 11). Assists: Hamline 5 (five players with 1), Concordia 24 (Dean 9). Turnovers: Hamline 24, Concordia 21.

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