Lindahl Has Remarkable Return In Season Opener

Lindahl Has Remarkable Return In Season Opener

MORRIS, Minn. (11/15/12)—Aaron Lindahl pulled off his best Adrian Peterson impression as he had an unbelievable return from a season-ending knee injury an led Concordia to a 78-76 win over UM-Morris in the season opener for both teams.

Lindahl, who only played in only 10 games in 2011-12 due to a knee injury, went 10-for-12 from the floor – including 3-for-4 from 3-point range – and finished with a game-high 24 points. "I was just trying to help the team get a win," remarked Lindahl. "It felt good to get back out there and play and help out my teammates."

Lindahl's senior leadership paid off for Concordia down the stretch where he connected on his final two shots of the game and helped the Cobbers turn a five-point deficit with 9:20 to go to a seven-point lead with 3:24 to play.

Concordia's  19-5 run in a little over six minutes proved to be the difference in the game. Another key was the Cobbers' edge inside. CC had the edge in rebounds, offensive rebounds and second chance points. "We knew we had an advantage inside," said Lindahl. "We tried to get the ball to our big guys to open the play for the guards."

The inside play allowed Lindahl to record his team-high 24 points. Cobber point guard Dewon McKenzie was 7-for-13 from the floor and finished with 17 points. Scott Flotterud and freshman Jared Bolger came off the bench and each had a game-high six rebounds.

The Cobbers were consistent from the field in both periods and finished the opener by shooting 53.4% (31-for-58). CC was also able to connect on shots from outside the arc. Concordia went 6-for-14 from 3-point range.

Concordia will host their home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. when they square off against cross-town rival MSU Moorhead