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By Eric Peterson, Published January 25 2009

Cobber men pull off upset

One top Concordia player went down Saturday, but another emerged.

Darrin Olmscheid poured in a career-high 30 points to lift the Cobbers to a 69-68 victory over Gustavus in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball in front of announced crowd of 894 fans at Memorial Auditorium.

Sophomore Karl Olson sank a free throw with 3 seconds to play to clinch the victory for Concordia, which played the second half without top scorer and rebounder John Fraase.

“I think we really needed this one,” Olson said. “We’ve been in so many of these close games where we’ve been on the wrong end.”

The Cobbers (7-10, 4-8 MIAC) ended a three-game losing streak, earning a regular-season split with Gustavus. The Gusties beat Concordia 100-67 earlier this season.

“This was a big game for us because the last time we played it was pretty much the worst loss of all of our athletic careers,” Olmscheid said.

Fraase was carried off the court with just over a minute to play in the first half with an ankle injury and wouldn’t return. The Gusties held a 34-27 lead at halftime.

“When he went down we just looked at each other and said ‘Come on boys, it’s time to grow up,’” said Olmscheid, who scored 22 points after halftime.

Concordia scored the first 10 points of the second half to charge back into the game.

Olmscheid was clutch down the stretch, scoring nine of the Cobbers’ final 10 points. The 6-foot-6 forward hit 7 of 10 shots from the field and 7 of 8 from the foul line in the second half.

“D.O. had a heck of a half,” Concordia coach Rich Glas said.

Gustavus center Sam Paulson hit two foul shots with 31 seconds remaining to knot the score at 68-68.

The Cobbers milked the game clock, trying to set up for the final shot. Olson was fouled while making a pass from wing-to-wing. He missed his first foul shot before sinking the second.

“I’ve played ball with him all my life and I knew the second one was going down,” said Olmscheid, who was a high school teammate with Olson at Buffalo, Minn.

GUSTAVUS (8-8, 7-4 MIAC): Schmidt 5-7 4-4 18, Van Sickle 1-5 0-0 2, McPartland 6-13 1-1 14, Paulson 4-6 6-6 14, DesLauriers 1-3 0-0 2, Grey 0-0 0-0 0, Schmidtknecht 3-3 0-0 6, Wirtjes 1-2 0-0 2, Olmstead 1-3 0-0 3, Crowder 2-4 1-1 5, Battern 0-3 0-0 0, Johnson 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 25-52 12-14 68.

CONCORDIA (7-10, 4-8): Olmscheid 11-18 7-8 30, Hagemeyer 3-4 2-3 8, Lien 3-5 1-2 8, Olson 0-5 3-4 3, Hartmann 3-5 0-1 6, Molina 0-2 0-0 0, Dyshaw 3-6 0-2 8, Del Greco 0-0 2-2 2, Fraase 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 25-49 15-22 69.

Half: GAC 34, CC 27. 3-point goals: GAC 6-11 (Schmidt 4-5, Van Sickle 0-1, McPartland 1-2, Wirtjes 0-1, Olmstead 1-2), CC 4-10 (Olmscheid 1-1, Lien 1-1, Olson 0-1, Hartmann 0-2, Dyshaw 2-5). Total fouls: GAC 22, CC 14. Fouled out: Johnson. Rebounds: GAC 28 (McPartland 7), CC 27 (Olmscheid 7). Assists: GAC 14 (Schmidtknecht 3, Johnson 3), CC 12 (Olson 3). Steals: GAC 2 (Van Sickle, Schmidtknecht), CC 4 (Olmscheid 2). Turnovers: GAC 12, CC 8.


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