by Vic Quick
After losing three straight games, the Running Cobbers managed to get back on track Wednesday night with a 68-66 last-second win. Junior Damien Crump's tip-in at the buzzer gave Concordia the win.
The game was a back-and-forth contest throughout with the largest lead any team held being 11 points. Concordia led 32-21 with six minutes to go in the first half, but Augsburg managed to quickly close the gap to 40-38 at the end of the half.
The second half continued much like the first half. Senior Jason Sorenson looked to have sealed the win for the Cobbers when he hit a desperation three-pointer with 4:14 left that gave the Cobs a 64-59 lead. However, the Auggies came battling back and managed to tie the game when Brad Brown hit a three-point shot to even the score at 66-66. No one scored until the final buzzer when Crump managed to tip in a rebound to give the Cobbers the win.
Crump, who tied Sorenson for a team-high 20 points said, I was going to go back on defense. Then I saw the ball, and I just went for it.
With the win, Concordia now owns a 15-5 overall record, 12-4 in the MIAC.
The Auggies were led by George Devean, who had 24 points to lead all scorers. Augsburg managed to shoot only 53 percent from the charity stripe,
Following the game on Monday night, the win Wednesday night was crucial.
Senior Kenny Nelson, who managed to grab 10 rebounds for Concordia, said, this is an important win. It was important to get back home and win after doubting ourselves on the road.
Concordia suffered a 100-78 loss to Carleton on Monday. Carleton managed to shoot a blistering 64.3 percent from the field. Crump had 20 points to lead the Cobbers while Sorenson poured in another 16.
On Saturday night, the Cobbers dropped a game at Collegeville to the Johnnies by a score of 86-77. St. John's led at half-time by a score of 36-30.
Although Concordia lost, junior guard Greg Dean set a school record with 11 steals. Dean is averaging 4.0 steals per game, good for fifth in the nation. Dean's 7.4 assists is 10th best among Division III players.
Concordia's conference record of 12-4 places them second in the MIAC. The Cobbers will travel to Macalester Saturday before returning home for two games next Monday and Wednesday against St. Mary's and St. Olaf respectively.
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