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2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Players struggle to get position under the basket during the first half of the Cobbers' 90-73 win against Macalester on Saturday. The Cobbers shot 61.0% from the floor and missed only eight shots from the floor in the second half.
The Double "L" Show!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

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Game Stats: Concordia vs. Macalester Box Score - Now Online!


Opponent's Website: Macalester Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball


Gameday Preview:

Gameday Program:

Complete Gameday Program vs. Macalester (pdf)

Series History: Concordia/Macalester Series History


Gameday Rewind:

Picture Gallery: Concordia vs. Macalester Picture Gallery - Now Online!

Game Stats: Concordia vs. Macalester Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Game Recap:

GAME RECAP

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/05/08)--The Cobbers weren't perfect against Macalester on Saturday, it just seemed that way. Concordia shot 72.4% (21-of-29) in the second half and outgunned the conference-leading Scots 90-73 in Moorhead. CC missed only eight shots from the field in the final 20 minutes as they handed Macalester its first league loss of the year. Concordia evens their MIAC record at 2-2 and is now 3-6 overall. The Scots fall to 3-1 in the conference and 5-4 overall.

The Double "L" Show of Luke Linz and Erik Lien proved to be too much for Macalester to handle. Linz and Lien combined for 56 points and were a combined 22-of-30 (73.3%) from the field. Linz was 12-of-18 from the floor en route to a career-high 30 points. Lien also had a career-high. The freshman netted 26 points and was 10-of-12 from the floor and 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

The game started in favor of Macalester as they scored eight of the first 11 points and took an 8-3 lead just 2:16 into the game. Concordia finally got into the game and eventually tied the score at 15-15 with 11:57 remaining in the opening period. From there, the Cobbers would go on a 7-0 lead to take a 22-15 lead at the 10:21 mark. CC would also outscore Macalester 12-3 in the final stretch of the first 20 minutes to take a 10-point lead at the half.

The second half belonged to Concordia as they countered every run Macalester could muster and turned up the fire by hitting on almost every one of their shots from the floor. CC even stretched the lead to 22 points at 78-56 with 4:12 to play.

INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP

Linz' 30 points topped his career-high of 28 points from last season. Linz had 28 points against Macalester in Moorhead last year. Linz also had eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists on the day. Lien missed only two shots all day long. He was 10-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line. He has now scored 52 points (17.2 ppg) in the team's last three games. James Baldwin had a solid two-way game for Duane Siverson's team. Baldwin had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. He also played tough defense on the Tommy Conboy, the league's leading scorer.

Conboy had a quiet 22 points for the game. He was 10-for-18 from the floor and was held to three points under his 25.5 ppg average coming into the game. Teammate Abe Woldeslassie had 12 points but was only 2-for-8 from behind the arc. Brian Ranwick and Paul Richie rounded out the quartet of starters that scored in double figures. Ranwick had 15 points and Richie contributed 12.

TEAM STAT RECAP

Concordia shot 61.0% (36-for-59) for the game. That is a season high and is the best field goal shooting percentage in a game since the team shot 65.9% (29-of-44) in a 75-70 win over Augsburg on Feb. 8, 2006. The Cobbers also shot 60.0% (9-for-15) from behind the arc which is the best of the year and best since they shot 66.7% against Gustavus last season. The Cobbers had a decisive 36-20 edge in rebounding including a 10-6 edge in offensive rebounds. Concordia turned the ball over 12 times and had a season-high 23 assists.

Macalester shot a respectable 46.4% (26-for-56) from the floor and was 14-for-34 (41.2%) from 3-point range. They were 7-for-10 from the free throw line and turned the ball over 15 times.

Concordia outscored the Scots 36-12 in points in the paint. Sparked by Lien's 26 points, the Cobber bench outscored their counterparts by a severe 40-9 margin.

POSTGAME NOTES

  • The 90 points scored is the most since the 2004-05 season when Concordia beat Augsburg 105-79 on Feb. 9, 2005.
  • The Cobbers entered the game averaging a league-low 60.4 points per game and had only scored more than 70 points one time.
  • Concordia scored 52 points in the second half which is more than they scored in their entire game against MSU Moorhead on Dec. 15 (47 points).
  • The 17-point margin of victory is the most since they beat Hamline by 19 points (84-65) last season.
  • The 17-point loss is the worst of the season for Macalester and most since they lost by 20 points to St. John's (96-76) on Feb. 5, 2007.
  • Concordia has now won two straight MIAC games. It is the first time they have won back-to-back league games since they beat Hamline and Gustavus in consecutive game at the start of last year.
  • The Cobbers are now 82-66 lifetime against Macalester.
  • Concordia is 2-1 at home this season and 2-0 in conference play in Memorial Auditorium.
  • The 36 field goals made by CC are the most of the season and most since they also made 36 against Hamline on Jan. 6, 2007.
  • The 23 assists for the Cobbers are also a season-high and most since they had 24 in the same game against Hamline.
  • The nine 3-point field goals are the most of the year and most since they also had nine against St. John's at the start of last season.
  • CC has now made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 210 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against Macalester on Feb. 2, 2000 (0-for-7).
  • The 30 points scored by Luke Linz marks the third time this season he has scored at least 20 points in a game. He has scored 20 or more points 15 times in the past two years and 17 times in his career.
  • Linz has now scored 1,043 points in his career and is eighth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Next up is Elwood Bohn who scored 1,059 points over his career from 1945-49.
  • Erik Lien has now scored in double figures in the past six games and in seven of his first nine collegiate contests.
  • James Baldwin has collected 24 rebounds in the past three games. He is third on the team in rebounding with a 3.9 rebounds per game average.

 

 


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