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2008-09 Men's Basketball - Game Recaps
Cobber head coach Rich Glas reacts to a call during Concordia's 77-64 win over St. Mary's on Wednesday. The win was the 500th for Glas in his collegiate career.
Mr. 500!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

Team
1
2
Final

6-18/5-14 MIAC

30
34
64

10-14/7-12 MIAC

40
37
77

Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Mary'sBox Score - Now Online!


Gameday Menu:

Opponent's Website: St. Mary's Men's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Basketball

MIAC Standings/Statistics Website: MIAC Men's Basketball Standings/Stats


Gameday Rewind:

Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Mary'sBox Score - Now Online!


Gameday Game Recap: (recap courtesy of Eric Peterson - Fargo Forum)

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/18/09)-- Memorial Auditorium was milestone central on Wednesday for Concordia men’s basketball.

John Fraase scored 31 points and grabbed 24 rebounds to spark the Cobbers to a 77-64 victory against St. Mary’s in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball in front of an announced crowd of 502.

Fraase’s performance helped Concordia head coach Rich Glas earn career victory No. 500.

“What it means is I have a lot of thanks to give to so many players, coaches and trainers and everybody that’s been a part of all these 816 games,” said Glas, whose career record is 500-316 in his 29th season as a head coach. “I owe a lot to a lot of people that have made this possible.”

Fraase became the first Concordia player to scored 30 points and grab 20 rebounds in a game. His 24 rebounds also set single-game men’s record.

The Cobbers (10-14, 6-12 MIAC) end their regular season Saturday when they play host to St. Olaf.

“We didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs, but we knew we had to get his 10th win (this season),” Fraase said of helping Glas reach 500. “I actually felt a little pressure. We didn’t want to have it be a one-deal game on Saturday. … We like coach Glas a lot. We’re glad to have him. We’re real fortunate to have him.”

A section of Concordia fans chanted “5-0-0” to honor Glas as the final seconds ticked off the game clock.

“It’s a great milestone to reach as a coach, it’s rewarding,” Glas said. “But the biggest person I have to thank is my wife, Sandy. She’s there like a rock. Win or lose she’s been there every minute of the way. It wouldn’t be possible without the support she’s given.”

St. Mary’s trimmed the Concordia lead to 60-52 with 8 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the second half after Bradley Bruno hit a short jumper.

Fraase took over from that point.

The 6-foot-6 sophomore scored 15 of the Cobbers’ next 17 points. His tip-in with 2:32 to play staked Concordia to a 77-61 lead. Fraase was so focused on clearing the boards that he wrestled a rebound away from teammate Darrin Olmscheid with 1:50 to play as they both arrived at the ball simultaneously.

“When the ball’s up in the air, I want to go get it,” Fraase said. “I want every rebound. We’re undersized this year, so I took it upon myself, Darrin and I both have, to go get the ball.”

With the final outcome in hand, Glas cleared his bench with 59 seconds remaining.

“It’s great to get the win, but it feels just as good if not better to get win No. 10 for these guys,” Glas said. “It’s all about the next game. Five hundred was going to come. … It’s just great to get double-figure wins and hopefully we can go on and get 501 and No. 11 on Saturday.”

 




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