Microwave Martinson Melts St. Olaf

Microwave Martinson Melts St. Olaf

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/30/13)—Andrew Martinson dropped a career-high 31 points on St. Olaf in the Cobbers' 79-73 win on Wednesday. Martinson scored 23 of his 31 points in the final 13:30 of the game as Concordia won for the eighth straight time at home.

Martinson went 6-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-3 from behind the arc and a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line in the second half of play.

"It was one of those nights where everything was dropping for me," commented Martinson. "When I got good looks I knocked them down and I even got some bounces which always helps."

Postgame audio interview with Andrew Martinson

Martinson's second-half heroics helped Concordia stay in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. The Cobbers are 10-5 in MIAC play and locked one game ahead of fourth-place St. John's and .5 games behind second-place Augsburg. CC is now 13-7 in all games.

Martinson scored all of his points coming off the bench and has been a spark plug for the Cobber offense despite not being in the starting lineup. His ability to be a "microwave for the CC offense has not gone unnoticed by head coach Rich Glas.

"It takes a talent to do that," preached Glas. "It takes a lot of focus. You sit there until the 15-14 minute mark and then he knows he is going in."        

Postgame audio interview with head coach Rich Glas

Concordia trailed 37-33 at the half and then fell behind by eight with 16:38 to play. The Cobbers' then went on a 13-2 run over the next five minutes of play to grab a three-point lead at 51-48. Martinson capped the decisive run by knocking down one of his four 3-pointers in the game. Concordia would never trail after that and eventually pushed the lead to double digits before the Oles rallied in the final minute of play.

The Cobbers had seven players score at least points in the game. Besides the 31 from Martinson, senior center Jason Huus came away with his second straight double-double. Huus had 12 points and 12 rebounds. He was 6-for-11 from the floor and that included a crowd-pleasing dunk with just over four minutes to play and CC clinging to a two-point lead.

Senior point guard Dewon McKenzie also had 12 points. He added four assists. He has now had at least four assists in five of the past seven assists.

Like the women's game, the biggest statistical advantage came around the hoop where Concordia held a 38-29 advantage in rebounding and turned their 12 offensive rebounds into a 23-11 edge in second-chance points. Concordia has now had at least 10 offensive rebounds in six straight games.

Concordia will be looking to see if their hot-shooting streak at home can travel on the road when they play at Macalester on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.