Inside Game Leads To First Win Of 2014

Inside Game Leads To First Win Of 2014

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/04/13)—19 more field goal attempts and nine more made field goals equaled a 21-point win for Concordia as they put up 41 second-half points and rolled over St. Mary's 68-47.

The Cobbers shot 66.7% (4-for-6) from outside the arc in the second half and earned their second straight win – and third in the past four games. CC is now above the .500 mark for the first time in 2013-14. Concordia is 6-5 in all games and 2-4 vs. league opponents. The Cardinals have their one-game win streak end and are now 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the MIAC.

In addition to their advantage in shots taken and shots made, Concordia held a decided edge in play around the basket. The Cobbers outrebounded St. Mary's 41-26 and outscored the Cardinals 26-18 in points in the paint. CC also collected 17 offensive rebounds which led to 16 second-chance points. The 17 offensive rebounds is a season high for Concordia who has now grabbed at least 10 offensive boards in eight of their 11 games this season.

The Cobber frontline of Brady Syverson and Jordan Bolger proved too much to handle for St. Mary's. The pair combined for 32 points and 10 rebounds. The tandem was also 14-for-20 (70.0%) from the floor for the game and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Syverson had a game-high 17 points and was 8-for-11 from the field while Bolger had 15 points – all of which came in the second half – and was 6-for-9 from the field. Bolger also added six rebounds.

Concordia received big games from a pair of reserve players. Brett Bergeson and Austin Hawkins came off the bench to give CC a solid scoring and rebounding threat. Bergeson knocked down two shots from outside the arc in the second half and posted 13 points. Hawkins led all players in the game with seven rebounds.

The Cobbers shot 41.7% (25-for-60) in the game where they only trailed one time for a period of 32-seconds. CC was also 6-for-14 (42.9%) from 3-point range and 80.0% (12-for-15) from the foul line. It marks the fourth straight game that the Cobbers have shot at least 70.0% from the free throw line.

Concordia will take their win streak on the road when they play games at St. Olaf and Carleton on Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7. Both games will start at 7:45 p.m.