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2004-05 MIAC Men's Basketball 
All-Conference Awards

Concordia MIAC Postseason Award Winners

Soren Nelson
Named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the second consecutive season. He became the ninth player in program history to break the 1,000-point barrier in a career. 
Keith Eckhoff
Named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team. Set a school record for 3-point field goal percentage in a season.
Luke Linz
First Concordia player named to the MIAC All-First Year Team since Mike Wrobel in 1997-98.
Concordia All-Conference Award Recap

Robust Cobbers Have Three Players Earn MIAC Postseason Prescriptions! 
The Concordia men's basketball program was given a successful postseason check-up as a healthy progression of players earned MIAC postseason honors as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Senior Soren Nelson (Twin Valley, Minn./Norman County East) and junior Keith Eckhoff (Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Team and freshman Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) was placed on the All-First Year Team. 

It is the second straight season for Nelson to claim all-conference honors, while Eckhoff and Linz are bestowed with the first postseason awards of their careers. The trio helped Concordia earn their second consecutive MIAC tournament berth. The Cobbers finished the season with a 11-9 mark in conference play and were 13-13 overall. In the past two seasons, Concordia has won 31 games, which is the highest two-year total since the Cobbers posted 34 wins in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

For Nelson it is a fitting end to his stellar career. Earlier in the season he became the ninth player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. He finished his career with 1,071 points, which places him sixth on the all-time list for menís basketball players at Concordia. 

Nelson was the team's second leading scorer in 2004-05 with a 14.9 points per game average. That total is the highest of his four-year career. His 4.9 rebounds per game average led the team and he was also tops in blocked shots (20). His blocked shots total placed him sixth in the conference. 

Eckhoff had a breakthrough season as the team's leading scorer. The effortless assassin finished third in the MIAC in scoring with a 20.1 points per game average in the team's 20 league games. He was second in free throw percentage (84.1%), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (47.0%) and tied for fifth in assists (3.90 apg). 

In overall games, Eckhoff finished third in the nation in 3-point percentage (47.9%) and 24th in scoring average. Eckhoff scored at least 30 points in an unbelievable five games this season, including 31 in the team's conference overtime playofff game at Bethel.

The "Big Easy" set a school record in 3-point field goal percentage this season. He also finished the season by scoring 552 points, which places him fifth on the schoolís all-time list of most points scored by an individual in a single season. In his first three seasons in maroon and gold, he has totaled 866 points and is on pace to join Nelson in the elite 1,000-point career club.

Linz is the final member of the trio to earn postseason honors. He becomes the first Cobber player to be placed on the all-first year team since Mike Wrobel accomplished the feat in the 1997-98 season. 

Linz finished the season by averaging 8.0 points per game and was tied for second in rebounding (4.2 rpg). In the final six games of the year he averaged 9.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. He scored a career-high 17 points against UM-Morris and hauled in a season-high 10 rebounds in the team's first game against Macalester. 
 

2004-05 MIAC All-Conference Awards

Player of the Year
Doug Espenson        Gustavus     Sr.  Forward  Mankato, Minn.

Coach of the Year
Mark Hanson          Gustavus

Sixth Man of the Year
Bryan Schnettler     St. Thomas   So.  Guard    Sartell, Minn. 

2004 MIAC MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE
Name                  School      Yr   Pos.     Hometown
Neal Anderson         St. Thomas  Sr.  Guard    Eden Prairie, Minn.
Anthony Baquero       Carleton    Sr.  Guard    Rosemount, Minn.
Kyle Beste            Carleton    Sr.  Forward  St. Louis Park, Minn.
Keith Eckhoff         Concordia   Jr.  Guard    Alexandria, Minn. 
Doug Espenson         Gustavus    Sr.  Forward  Mankato, Minn.
Dan Forkrud           Carleton    Jr.  Forward  Rosemount, Minn.
Tim Gilbert           Bethel      Sr.  Guard    Plymouth, Minn.
Paul Henrichs         St. John's  Jr.  Post     Stetsonville, Wis. 
Erik Jackson          Macalester  Sr.  Guard    Evergreen, Colo.
Travis Jones          Bethel      Sr.  Forward  Willmar, Minn.
Soren Nelson          Concordia   Sr.  Forward  Twin Valley, Minn.
Lucas Olson-Patterson Augsburg    Sr.  Forward  Minneapolis, Minn.
Isaac Rosefelt        St. Thomas  So.  Forward  St. Paul, Minn. 
Joey Shimek           St. Thomas  Jr.  Forward  Prior Lake, Minn. 
Phil Sowden           Gustavus    So.  Post     Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Adam TeBrake          Gustavus    Jr.  Forward  St. Peter, Minn. 

All-Defensive Team
Kyle Beste           Carleton     Sr.  Forward  St. Louis Park, Minn.
Doug Espenson        Gustavus     Sr.  Forward  Mankato, Minn.
Erik Jackson         Macalester   Sr.  Guard    Evergreen, Colo.
Travis Jones         Bethel       Sr.  Forward  Willmar, Minn.
Sam Wiener           Hamline      So.  Guard    Marshall, Minn. 

All-First Year Team
Tommy Drake          Carleton     Fy.  Forward  Eden Prarie, Minn.
Tom Conboy           Macalester   Fy.  Forward  Chanhassen, Minn.
Jon Kaus             St. John's   Fy.  Guard    North Mankato, Minn.
Luke Linz            Concordia    Fy.  Forward  Watkins, Minn. 
Trevor Wittwer       Gustavus     Fy.  Forward  Redwood Falls, Minn.

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Brandon Aukes        Hamline      Sr.  Forward  Kiester, Minn.
Jon Bain             St. Olaf     So.  Forward  Austin, Minn.
Tom Conboy           Macalester   Fy.  Forward  Chanhassen, Minn.
Tommy Drake          Carleton     Fy.  Forward  Eden Prarie, Minn.
Matt Ohme            St. John's   So.  Guard    Bloomington, Minn. 
Sean Sweeney         St. Thomas   Jr.  Guard    St. Paul, Minn.
Sam Wiener           Hamline      So.  Guard    Marshall, Minn.
 
 
 

 

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