A Tough 14 Minutes In MIAC Opener

Jordan Davis had a career-high 15 points in the Cobbers' MIAC opener at Augsburg.
Jordan Davis had a career-high 15 points in the Cobbers' MIAC opener at Augsburg.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (11/25/17)---A 14-minute stretch which ookended the halftime break proved to be the deciding point in Concordia's 80-63 loss at Augsburg in the MIAC opener for both teams.

The Cobbers held a three-point lead with just over six minutes to play in the first period and then watched the Auggies go on a 34-12 run which finished just after the 7-minute mark of the second half. During that decisive period of play Concordia committed 12 of their 21 turnovers in the game.       

The loss is the second straight for Concordia who started the season with two straight victories. The Cobbers are now 2-2 in all games. The Auggies remain unbeaten on the year and move to 3-0./   

Jordan Davis came out off the bench to lead the Cobbers. He went 6-for-9 from the floor and 3-for-5 from outside the arc and finished with a career-high 15 points. He also added a team-high seven rebounds.

The first half was a close contest with the largest lead being four points. Concordia held a three-point lead at 26-23 after Jacob Pazdernik sank a pair of free throws with 6:17 left in the opening half. The Cobbers would only score four more points in the period as they went without a field goal over a span of 5:18, was outscored 15-1 during that stretch and trailed 38-30 at the break.

Concordia was then outscored 19-8 in the first seven minutes of the second half as the Auggies pushed the lead to 19 points at 57-38.

The Cobbers made three more 3-point field goals than Augburg in the game and outrebounded the Auggies 34-27 but committed 21 turnovers.

Concordia shot 46.7% (21-for-45) from the floor and 47.4% (9-for-19) from 3-point range. CC was also 12-for-18 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Augsburg shot 51.7% (31-for-60) from the floor and 31.6% (6-for-19) from long range. The Auggies made 12 of their 17 foul shots.

The Cobbers held a 34-27 edge in rebounding but the Auggies only had six turnovers as compared to the 21 for CC.

Concordia had four players finish with at least 10 points in the game. In addition to Davis, Tommy Schyma and Collin Larson had 12 points each and Pazdernik added 10. Schyma and Pazdernik also had four assists and four rebounds each while Larson scored all 12 of his points in the second half.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DOINGS: Collin Larson, Jacob Pazdernik and Tommy Schyma all recorded their third double-digit scoring game of the season. All three have scored at least 10 points in three of the team's four games this year with all three failing to reach the 10-point mark against MSU Moorhead.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DOINGS 2: Concordia had four players score in double figures on Saturday which ties for the most players in double digits this season. CC also had four players score at least 10 points in the season opener against Minn.-Morris.

MOVE BACK: Concordia shot better from 3-point range than the field against the Auggies. CC has had a better shooting percentage from long range in two of their four games this year.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will stay on the road in the MIAC. The Cobbers will head back to the Twin Cities for a midweek game against St. Thomas. CC will play at UST on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The Tommies are 2-1 this season and are coming off an 80-56 win at St. Scholastca on Nov. 21.