Concordia junior Karl Olson goes up for a shot in the lane during the Cobbers' 70-53 loss to Bethel on Saturday.
Sledding Down The Hill

Courtesy of, Release: January 30, 2010

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/30/10)--Like grade school kids during winter, Concordia is experiencing an extended stretch of sliding. However, unlike the enjoyment the kids get out of their sliding in winter, the Cobbers are trying to get off their sled and stand back up on their feet. Concordia continues to glide speed down the hill as they lost their seventh consecutive game on Saturday. CC went 2-for-17 from 3-point range and fell 70-53 to Bethel.

The Cobbers were only able to muster up 20 points in the second half, 10 of the those points came off of Aaron Lindahl's performance. Lindahl did all of his work in the second half as he went 3-for-3 from the field and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe and finished with a season-high 10 points.

Concordia is 8-11 overall and 4-10 in MIAC. The loss is also the fourth in-a-row at home. After starting the year 5-0 in Memorial Auditorium, the Cobbers are now 5-4.

The Cobbers kept it close in the first half. CC was able to get a lead late in the first period after letting the Royals run out to as many as a six-point lead in the opening 10 minutes of play. The Cobbers and Royals would trade baskets for the next four minutes until a 3-point shot by Andrew Martinson cut the lead to one. A steal by Ebo Nana-Kweson would eventually turn into a layup by John Fraase which would give the Cobbers the lead - a margin they would stretch to as big as four.

Unfortunately, the lead would not stand heading into the break as the Royals were able to grab a 35-33 Big Ten-like lead at the break. Both teams were very cold from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play and didn't shoot over 38.0% from the floor. Bethel did convert more from the charity stripe as they went 8-for-9. The Cobbers had more chances from the free throw line, but weren’t as successful, and shot 11-for-17.

The second half opened up with the same cold shooting as the Royals went on an 11-4 run in the first five minutes of the period. BU would catch fire as they turned the lead into 17 points with only 7:50 left to play. During that stretch Cobbers would only score six points. Concordia made only one field goal in the first 15:38 of the second half and finished with only four field goals in the final 20 minutes of play.

On the night the Cobbers were led by John Fraase who was still able to get a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. It was his eighth double-double of the season. Besides Fraase's 11 points and Lindahl's 10, Darrin Olmscheid was the only other CC player in double figures as he netted 10 points and six rebounds. The Cobbers outrebounded the Royals 39-29 but doubled up on turnovers. The Cobbers had 20 miscues as compared to only nine for Bethel. Those 20 CC turnovers led to 22 points off of turnovers for the Royals.

Meanwhile, Bethel (10-9/6-8 MIAC) had four of their starters get in the double figures. Chris Vavra posted a game-high 17 points to go along with two assists and a steal. Nate Robertson had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds as his performance helped the Royals to a “W”. BU was able to convert from the free-throw line all night as they went 22-for-27 from the line and was able to string together shots down the stretch to pull away from the Cobbers.

Concordia will look for a dry patch to get off their sleds when they travel to Hamline on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7:45 p.m.