Concordia was cold from the outside yet again as they shot 29.4% from 3-point range and lost 70-62 at St. Olaf.
Gone In Four Minutes

Courtesy of, Release: January 18, 2010

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

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (1/18/10)-- Concordia has suddenly fallen into a trend of not being able to hit consistently from the outside and then watching as their opponent drains long range shots to come away with a win. That was pretty much the scenario on Monday in Northfield as the Cobbers shot only 29.4% (5-for-17) from 3-point range, saw St. Olaf shoot 45.0% (9-for-20) from outside the arc and lost 70-62.

The loss is the third straight for Concordia and fourth in the past five games. During the last three games the Cobbers' opponents have hit on a crisp 48.1% (26-for-54) of their shots from behind the arc. Concordia is now 8-7 in all games and 4-6 in the MIAC.

It looked like the Cobbers might break out of their recent funk in the first half as they edged their way to an eight-point lead with 11:17 to go in the opening period. That's when the shooting fairy tapped the Oles on the shoulder and said "go ahead and start draining shots from wherever you want." Over the next four minutes the Oles connected on five-of-six 3-point field goals, went on a 15-6 run and grabbed a one-point lead - a lead they would never relinquish. For the final 11:00 of the half, St. Olaf was 10-for-17 (58.8%) from the floor and 6-for-9 (66.7%) from long range. That spurt gave the Oles the confidence to hold off the Cobbers in the second half  

The pivotal period in the final 20 minutes of play came at the midway point. Concordia had trimmed an 11-point deficit to just four points with 11:16 to play. The Cobbers looked like they might take the game to the wire but then an 8-0 Ole run put any comeback thoughts on the back burner. CC could never get within 10 points until the final two minutes of play. Trailing 67-57, the Cobbers made one last run. CC went on a 5-0 mini-run to cut the lead to five points with :36 seconds remaining. Unfortunately Concordia missed a 3-pointer and had a turnover in the final :30 seconds and the Oles were able to hit three of their four free throws to close out the game.

The Cobber junior trio of Darrin Olmscheid, John Fraase and Karl Olson topped the scoresheet for CC. Olmscheid was 7-for-13 from the floor, finished with a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds. Fraase collected his sixth double-double of the season by scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. Olson finished with 11 points.

St. Olaf (8-7/6-4) won for the fourth straight game and was led by a pair of players who both had 18 points. Alfred Jaryan was 2-for-4 from behind the arc while Joe Weber lit up the outside in the first half by connecting on six 3-pointers and finishing with 18 points. He made all six long-range shots in a span of 16 minutes in the first period.

Concordia will now begin the second half of conference play by hosting St. Thomas on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7:45 p.m. and then Gustavus on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. The Tommies and Gusties are tied atop the MIAC standings with identical 9-1 records.