The Concordian Sports February 16, 1996

Running Cobbers hold off St. Olaf 86-77

by Vic Quick

After losing three straight games last week, the Concordia men's basketball team had a great week and have managed to amass a four-game winning streak. Wednesday night St. Olaf came to town, and Concordia managed to escape with an 86-77 victory.

Early in the second half, the Cobbers led by a score of 56-44. However, with 7:04 remaining in the game, St. Olaf managed to tie the game at 70-70. With just over a minute left in the game, the Cobbers held a four-point lead and the ball.

Instead of choosing to foul, the Oles played good solid defense.

Their strategy seemed to have paid off until senior Jason Sorenson drained a three-pointer deep in the left corner as the shot clock hit zero. That sealed the win for the Cobbers. A lay-up by junior Daimen Crump gave Concordia a 77-66 win.

Crump led the way with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Junior Kevin Pearson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Kenny Nelson supplied 18 points along with seven rebounds.

For St. Olaf, junior Tim Schilling led all scorers with 25 points.

Cobbers 68 St. Mary's 49

Many thought Concordia would have an easy time Monday night as they hosted St. Mary's. The Cardinals came in with a conference record of 3-14.

However the Cobbers proved too tough and came away with a 19-point win.

Cobber Head Coach Duane Siverson said, "They are well coached and a well-disciplined basketball team."

St. Mary's slowed down the face of the game dramatically, and the score indicated it. At half-time Concordia held a 27-21 lead. St. Mary's largest lead of the game was three points at 17-14.

In the second half, Concordia managed to pull away after St. Mary's got within three at 34-31.

There was one rarity in the game: Concordia managed to go the entire first half without attempting a free throw.

Crump and Sorenson led the way for the Cobs with 14 points. Nelson also had a big game as he pulled down 15 rebounds.

Siverson added, "I was impressed with the team's intensity tonight."

For St. Mary's, senior Chad Maddox led the way with 18 points.

Concordia 83 Macalester 65

On Saturday, Concordia hit the road and had the same result with an 83-65 win at Macalester.

The Cobbers were led by Crump who had 22 points and five boards.

Nelson also did his part with 16 points and managed to grab six off the glass.

With the winning streak, Concordia has assured themselves a playoff spot in the MIAC race and stand alone in second place in the MIAC with a record of 15-4, 18-5 overall.

The Cobbers end the regular season on Saturday at Bethel.

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