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Gameday Game Recap:
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/12/08)-- Concordia ran into a Bethel team that was fighting for their conference life and lost 73-56 in Moorhead on Saturday. The Cobbers trailed for almost the entire games as they lost for the first time in the past five conference games. The loss also snaps the Cobbers' three-game overall winning streak. CC misses out on a chance to move into first place in the MIAC. Concordia is now 5-7 overall and 4-3 in the MIAC.
The Royals needing to put together an extended league winning streak after losing four of their first five MIAC games, ups their overall record to 7-5. They are now 3-4 in the conference.
The perimeter pressure defense of the Royals proved to be too much in the end. Concordia was never able to get an open look at the basket and shot only 38.5% (20-for52) from the floor in the game. It is the second lowest shooting percentage in league games this season.
CC held brief leads in the first seven minutes of play in the opening period. The game was turned around at the 12:53 mark. With the score tied at 13-13, Bethel went on a 11-1 run over the next six minutes to take a double-digit lead at 24-14.
The Royals held a double-digit lead throughout the second half. The pivotal run by CC came with just over four minutes to play in the game. With Bethel holding a 60-48 lead, Concordia scored eight of the next 10 points to cut the lead to six at 60-54 with 2:50 to play in the game. The Royals were then forced deep into the shot clock on their next possession but were bailed out by all-conference guard Tim Madson who put up a desperation shot but was fouled in the process and went on to make the two free throws. Those two points started a 13-2 run to finish off the game for Bethel.
Concordia will once again hook up with one of the top teams in the conference when they play at St. Thomas on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Tommies are currently in first place in the MIAC with a 6-2 league record. CC will then return home to face Augsburg on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP
Luke Linz had a game-high 24 points for Concordia. It is the fifth time this season he has had at least 20 points in a game. He went 8-for-14 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Linz also had a hammer dunk midway through the second half. Erik Lien was the only other CC player with more than six points in the game. Lien added 10 points and scored in double figures for the ninth straight game. Karl Olson had four assists to go along with five points and four rebounds.
Linz was matched by Madson. Madson also had 24 points and has now scored at least 24 points in nine of the team's 12 games this year. He went 9-for-17 from the floor and 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Backcourt mate Cory Laugen had a season-high 17 points and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Laugen also chipped in a game-high six assists. Mike Moberg was the third BU player in double figures. He scored 14 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds.
TEAM STAT RECAP
To go along with their 38.5% shooting percentage from the field, Concordia also shot 33.3% (6-for-18) from behind the arc. They also went 10-for-15 (66.7%) from the free throw line. The Cobber bench outscored their counterparts 18-10.
Bethel connected on 48.1% (25-for-52) from the field, 38.9% (7-for-18) from 3-point range and 84.2% (16-for-19) from the free throw line. The Royals held a 31-26 edge in rebounding.
- Concordia loses for the first time in the last five conference games. The loss also snaps the Cobbers' three-game overall win streak.
- Concordia is 5-7 overall this season. The five wins for Concordia is more than they had in all of last season when they went 4-21.
- The Cobbers are now 19-41 lifetime against Bethel and have lost the seven time against the Royals.
- CC went 6-for-18 from 3-point range against BU. The Cobbers have made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 213 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against Macalester on Feb. 2, 2000 (0-for-7).
- Luke Linz scored a team-high 24 points against the Royals. He has led the team in scoring in nine of the team's 12 games this year.
- Linz' 24 points marks the fifth time this season he has had at least 20 points in a game.
- Linz has now scored 1,113 points in his career. He is now fourth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Against Bethel he passed Jim Bjorklund who scored 1,098 points from 1971-74 and Dave Reiten who had 1,101 points from 1970-73. Next up is Bob Peterson who had 1,373 points from 1966-70.
- Linz has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He was held to eight points at MSU Moorhead on Dec. 15.
- Linz has scored in double figures in all seven of the Cobbers' MIAC games this season. He has scored at least 10 points in 27 consecutive conference games - a streak that dates back to Jan. 18, 2006 when he injured his foot against Hamline and was limited to two points.
- Linz also had a game-high seven rebounds. He has now led the team in rebounding in seven of the team's 12 games.
- Linz is also closing in on the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. He currently has 434 rebounds. Linz needs 110 more rebounds to become the school's all-time leading rebounder. Brad Keenan hauled down 544 rebounds from 1989-92,1994-95.
- Erik Lien had 10 points vs. the Royals. He has now scored in double figures in nine straight games and in 10 of the team's 12 games.
- Bethel has now two straight games for the third time this season. They are now 7-5/3-4 MIAC .
- Tim Madson had a team-high 24 points for the Royals . He has now led the team in scoring in nine of the team's 12 games this year.
- Madson's 24 points marks the eighth time this season he has scored at least 24 points in a game.
- Mike Moberg had a team-high six rebounds. It is the fourth straight game he has led the team in rebounding. It is also the 10th time this year he has led the team.