Running Cobber Basketball 1981-82

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Men's basketball team claims first MIAC title In 51 years

"With five returning juniors and five returning seniors, it was obvious from the beginning of the season that we had the potential for a very good year," noted head coach of the men's basketball team John Eidsness. "I was pleased with the way the players blended to become a totally unselfish unit. And because of that, they exceeded my expectations."

By winning two key consecutive conference games, the Cobber men earned an outright MIAC title - the first in 51 years; they claimed a share of the MIAC crown on Feb.10 by defeating St. Thomas 86-80 for their 13th consecutive MIAC win and three days later tallied an 80-74 win over Augsburg to clinch the MIAC title.

However, the team's hopes for a national championship were cut short when Moorhead State University defeated the Cobbers 82-76 in the final NAIA District 13 playoff game. The season record for Concordia was 16-2 in the MIAC and 20-9 overall.

As a result of their outstanding playing, three Cobbers were voted to the MIAC all-conference team: Andy Askegaard, a forward from Comstock, Minn.; Greg Strand, guard from Portland, N.D., both seniors; and Garrett Byrne, a junior pivot man from Bloomington, Minn.

Of the five juniors on this year's team, three were starters. All of them will return for the 1982-83 season. "We will expect good leadership from those who will be seniors next year, Eidsness said.

Garrett Byrne started all twenty-nine games for the Cobbers last year and led the
team in scoring 15.0 and rebounding 7.4.
 

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1981-82  Roster



 NO. POS. HT. YR.     NAME  HOMETOWN
 4  G 5-9 Sr. Greg Stand Portand, ND
 10  G 6'1 So. Dale Moe Duluth, MN (East)
 20  G 6'0 Sr Steve Knutson, Starbuck, MN
 22  G 6'1 Jr. Ricky Simpson, Atlanta, GA
 24  F 6'3 Sr Mark Streed  Moorhead, MN
 30  F 6'5 So. Brad Willis Wadena MN
 32  F 6'4 Jr. RobertBookerr Franklin,TN
 34  F 6'7  Jr. Jon Eide Fargo ND(South)
 40  F 6'33  Sr. Jim Knutson Pelican Rapids, MN
 42  F 6'6 Sr. Andy Askegaard Comstock, MN
 44  F 6'5 Jr. Kerry Nelson Wahpeton,, ND
 54 G 6-10 Garrett  Byrne Bloomington, (Lincoln)
 

HEAD COACH: John Eidsness
ASSISTANT: Duane Siverson



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1981-82  Schedule


 Opponent       Results

 Mayville      W 75-58

 Whitworth     L 60-61

 Idaho         L 47-96

 MSU           L 70-71

 Augsburg     *W 79-78 OT

 Bemidji       W 66-65

 St. Cloud     W 57-45 OT

 North Mich    L 53-59

 St. John's   *L 55-58

 Hamline      *W 59-57

 St. Thomas   *W 56-51

 St. Mary's   *W 74-53

 Gustavus     *W 78-71

 Macalester   *W 77-62

 St. John's   *W 58-57

 St. Olaf     *W 85-55

 Bethel       *W 73-56

 Hamline      *W 81-72

 MSU           L 74-76

 Gustavus     *W 81-72

 St. Mary's   *W 69-55

 St. Thomas   *W 86-80

 Augsburg     *W 80-74

 Macalester   *W 44-43

 St. Olaf     *W 61-56

 Bethel       *L 81-82

 UofM Duluth   W 83-73

 MSU           L 76-82



 Record: Overall 20-8, MIAC 16-2, 1st

 Coach: John Eidsness


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1981-82  MIAC


 1981-82

 SCHOOL            W   L

 Concordia         16  2

 Augsburg          15  3

 St. John's        13  5

 St. Thomas        9   9

 Hamline           9   9

 Gustavus          9   9

 Bethel            7   11

 St. Mary's        7   11

 Macalester        3   15

 St. Olaf          2   16

 Concordia - 2nd Championship


 

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81-82 Season Stats


PLAYER         GP FG-FGA     %  FT-FTA  %   REB R/G AST POINTS PPG

Greg Strand    27 103-199  .518 75-103 .728  52 1.9  63   281 10.4

Dale Moe       26  48-108  .444 25-44  .568 111 4.3  85   121  4.6

Robert Booker  27 118-244  .483 53-101 .524 137 5.1  55   289 10.7

Andy Askegaard 25 125-228  .548 82-104 .788 164 6.6 111   323 13.5

Garrett Byrne  27 174-327  .567 69-114 .605 209 7.7  10   397 14.7

Jon Eide       26  36-67   .537 28-41  .683  79 3.0  11   100  3.8

Kerry Nelson   26  31-73   .425 17-27  .630  72 2.8   2    79  3.0

Ricky Simpson  18  36-93   .387 12-23  .521  38 2.1  22    84  4.7

Mark Streed    21  27-57   .473  5-5    100  19  .9  11    59  2.8

Jim Knutson    27  35-100  .350  5-15  .333  47 1.7  26    75  2.8

Steve Knutson   7   2-5    .400  3-6   .500   2  .3   3     7  1.0

C ctotal       27 710-1471 .483 362-567 .638 1026 38 393 1848 68.4

Opp. total     27 715-1873 .427 259-397 .652  994 38 325 1754 64.9


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81-82 All-MIAC



 As a result of their outstanding playing, three Cobbers were voted to the MIAC all-conference team: Andy Askegaard, a forward from Comstock, Minn.; Greg Strand, guard from Portland, N.D., both seniors; and Garrett Byrne, a junior pivot man from Bloomington, Minn.

1981.82 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM:
SENIORS:
Andy Askegaard Concordia
Greg Strand Concordia
Brad Nelson Augsburg
Kit Carson  Hamline
Mike Howath St. Mary's
Bob Alpers St. Johns

JUNIORS:
Garrett Byrne Concordia
Mark Hanson Gustavus
Jason Velgersdyk Bethel
Sean Higgins St. Thomas



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