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2007-08 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Cobber senior Luke Linz makes the game-saving block with two seconds remaining to help Concordia post a 63-60 win over Augsburg on Saturday. Linz had 13 points and nine rebounds as CC upped its MIAC record to 5-4 on the year.
Block Propels Cobbers To Win!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

Team
1
2
Final

4-10/2-7 MIAC

28
32
60

6-8/5-4 MIAC

28
35
63

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


Gameday Menu:

Pregame Notes: Concordia/Augsburg Pregame Notes (word)

Series History: Concordia/Augsburg Series History

Opponent's Website: Augsburg Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball


Gameday Preview:

Gameday Program:

Complete Gameday Program vs. Augsburg (pdf)


Gameday Rewind:

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

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


Gameday Game Recap:

GAME STORY

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/19/08)-- Concordia scored the final four points of the game in the final minute of play against Augsburg and came away with a hard fought 63-60 win on Saturday in Moorhead. Cobber senior Luke Linz blocked a shot and then sank two free throws in the final seconds to preserve the win after freshman Erik Lien hit a jumper with 23 seconds to play to give CC a one-point lead at 61-60.

The win snaps the Cobbers' two-game losing streak. Concordia is now 6-8 overall and 5-4 in the MIAC. That is one more win in conference play than the Cobbers had all of last season. The loss puts an end to the Auggies' one-game win streak. Augsburg loses for the third time in the past four games and falls to 4-10 overall and 2-7 in the league.

The game was a physical affair throughout the entire contest as both teams tried to bang the ball inside. The style of play led to a game that was close for the almost the entire 40 minutes. The only double-digit lead came at the beginning of the first half when the Auggies got out of the blocks to post an 11-point lead at 13-2 just five minutes into the first half. That lead was erased over a five-minute span when the Cobbers went on a 13-2 run of their own to tie the game at 17-17. The catalyst for the CC surge was junior Cody Dyshaw who knocked down three 3-point field goals and single-handedly lit a fire under the stagnant Cobber offense. The trio of shots from behind the arc would be the only 3-point baskets in the entire game for Concordia.

For the rest of the first half the two teams were never more than four points apart and eventually went into the locker room tied at 28-28.

The second half was even more of an inside game. In the final 20 minutes of play, Concordia took only two 3-point field goal attempts (0-for-2) and Augsburg made only two shots from behind the arc (2-for-8). Instead, the teams combined to score 36 points in the paint in the final 20 minutes.

The Cobbers took a pair of six-point leads in the second half but then Augsburg responded with a 12-5 run midway through the period to take a one-point lead at 48-47 with 7:33 remaining in the game. CC then went on a 10-2 run to take a seven-point lead with 3:01 to play. Augsburg then returned the favor and rallied to take a one-point lead of their own with just under one minute to play. That set the stage for the last-minute heroics of Lien and Linz. Lien hit the game-winning jumper with 23 seconds to play and then Linz stepped up defensively to hand the Cobbers their fifth conference win of the year.

UP NEXT

Concordia will finish off the first half of the MIAC regular season when they play at St. Mary’s tomorrow at 1 p.m. That game will be the midpoint of a stretch where the Cobbers play three games in five days. After Sunday’s contest in Winona, CC will return home to host St. John’s on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP

Linz recovered from an ice-cold first half to score a team-high 13 points and record nine rebounds. Linz was 1-for-8 in the first half and had only three points in the first 20 minutes of play. He was 4-for-8 in the second half and grabbed seven of his nine rebounds in the second period. Dyshaw matched Linz' 13 points. Dyshaw had nine of his 13 points in the volcanic first-half run. The 13 points is a season high for the junior sharpshooter. Concordia had four players with at least 10 points in the game. Besides Linz and Dyshaw, James Baldwin continued his hot scoring streak and finished with 10 points. I t is the second straight game he has scored in double figures. Lien returned to double-digit scoring by also scoring 10 points. After having a streak of nine straight double-digit scoring games stopped on Wednesday, Line recorded his 11th double-digit scoring game of the year. Ryan Johnson chipped in a season-high five assists in the win.

Augsburg also had four players in double figures. They were led by center Femi Solaja who had a monster double-double game. Solaja had 18 points to go along with 18 rebounds. It is his sixth double-double of the year. David Olson was 6-for-11 from the floor and finished with 14 points. Jon Cassens was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line and had 12 points and Nate Alm had 10 points to go along with nine rebounds. Cassens also had four assists.

TEAM STAT RECAP

Both teams had similar shooting numbers. Concordia shot 41.9% (26-for-62) from the floor and 33.3% (3-for-9) from 3-point range. Augsburg shot 38.3% (23-for-60) from the floor and just 25.0% (4-for-16) from 3-point range. They  were a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. The Auggies held a 36-32 edge in rebounding and held a 32-28 edge in points in the paint. The biggest statistical advantage came from bench scoring. The CC bench outscored their counterparts 30-3 as the Auggie played only eight players and had only one non-starter score in the game.


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