Seniors Celebrate In Regular-Season Finale

Seniors Celebrate In Regular-Season Finale

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/16/13)—The six Cobber seniors celebrated their day by continuing Memorial Magic and coming away with a 69-62 win over Gustavus in the regular season finale.

Concordia's senior class combined to score 56 of the team's 69 points as they won their 10th straight game inside the friendly confines of Memorial Auditorium. CC capped off the best regular season since the 1995-96 campaign by upping their overall record to 18-7 overall and finishes off conference play with a 15-5 record. Both totals are the most since 1995-96.

Once again the recipe for Concordia's seventh straight overall win was a little inside and a healthy dose of outside. The Cobbers outrebounded the Gusties 38-31, including 14 offensive boards, and knocked down seven 3-point shots. The recipe for success was especially evident in the second half where CC repeatedly got second-chance points of off offensive rebounds and drained key shots from outside the arc during an 8-0 run midway through the final period.

Concordia wound up shooting 42.9% (24-for-56) from the floor and 46.7% (7-for-15) from outside the arc for the game. CC was also 14-for-19 from the free throw line. Gustavus down fall was their cold outside shooting touch. The Gusties did not hit on a shot from outside the arc in the first half and went 2-for-8 from 3-point range in the final 15 minutes of play.

The Cobbers had three players score in double figures for the game. Ebo Nana-Kweson and Andrew Martinson both had 13 points for the game. Nana-Kweson also had four rebounds and six assists while Martinson scored in double figures for the 11th time in the last 12 games. Point guard Dewon McKenzie had another solid all-around game. He scored 11 points and came away with three steals and three rebounds.

Perhaps the biggest individual contributions came from a pair of reserve big men. Scott Flotterud and Jordan Bolger came off the bench to add energy and a menacing presence around the basket. Flotterud had a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.  After not having a double-digit rebound total in the first 46 games of his career he has now posted back-to-back 10-board games. Bolger was a hire-wire act around the rim and finished with five points and six hard-fought rebounds.

Concordia will now wait for the winners of the MIAC quarterfinal games on Tuesday to find out who they will host on Friday, Feb. 23 in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Cobbers last semifinal tournament appearance was back in 2003-04.