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Eric Peterson, Published November 07 2010

Men's basketball: Bison top Cobbers by 14, Carlson nets 23 points to guide exhibition victory

Saul Phillips said he didn’t want to overreact with emotion as he assessed his team’s performance Saturday. North Dakota State needed a second-half surge to pull away from a NCAA Division III opponent.

Eric Carlson scored 23 points as NDSU scored an 84-70 victory against Concordia in exhibition men’s basketball at the Bison Sports Arena.

“We have all kinds of stuff we need to work on,” said the Bison head coach. “I wasn’t happy with a lot that happened out there.”

The Division I Bison cruised to a 101-45 victory against Division II Minnesota-Crookston on Thursday, but had a more difficult time putting away D-III Concordia on Saturday.

“Everybody was pretty excited after Crookston,” Phillips said. “I told the guys don’t get too high after that one and I told them today don’t get too low about this one. … We’re somewhere in between where we were Thursday and Saturday. Hopefully, it’s closer to where we were Thursday.”

NDSU held a 13-point halftime lead, but Concordia rallied to knot the score at 51-51 with 13 minutes, 21 seconds to play in the second half after senior forward Darrin Olmscheid scored a 3-point play.

“The biggest thing is I thought we played with some toughness. We could have melted,” Concordia head coach Rich Glas said. “We stayed in the ballgame and we didn’t get blown away by them and that was important.”

Olmscheid scored all 19 of his team-high point total in the second half, including 14 of the Cobbers’ first 21 points after halftime

“Our main thing this year is being tougher,” Olmscheid said. “Last year we didn’t feel we were very tough.”

The Bison responded after Concordia tied the game by scoring 14 of the next 16 points to push their lead back to double digits. A Drew Lundberg foul shot capped that stretch and staked the Bison to a 65-53 lead with 9:10 remaining. Carlson also scored two inside buckets during that stretch.

“I guess it just shows us that we still have a lot to work on,” Carlson said. “That’s what it proves.”

Concordia had one final burst.

The Cobbers closed within six points of the lead with less than six minutes remaining. Olmscheid hit a foul shot that trimmed to Bison lead to 71-65 with 5:30 to play. However, NDSU had too much down the stretch.

“It was good for them to get into a grinder and I appreciate the Concordia kids and how hard they came out at us,” Phillips said. “Everybody’s blood pressure goes up in a game like that. When you are sitting on our side of it, it’s not fun to be a part of that.”

Glas also felt Saturday’s exhibition was a good learning experience.

“We are not going to play anyone that is more physical and talented than them,” Glas said of NDSU. “They make us work so we can see where are warts are a little bit better than we can in practice. I appreciate their playing us.”

CONCORDIA: Olmscheid 5-9 5-7 19, Fraase 5-10 6-11 17, Hartmann 0-5 0-0 0, Molina 2-2 0-0 6, Olson 3-5 5-6 11, Baildon 0 0-0 0, Martinson 1-6 1-2 4, Williams 1-1 -0-0 2, Lien 2-4 2-3 6, Nana-Kweson 1-5 2-3 4, Lindahl 0-1 0-0 0, Wachter 0-0 0-0 0, Akers 0-0 0-0 0, Hagemeyer 0-0 1-4 1, Huss 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 22-36 70.

NDSU: Tveidt 4-6 3-3 11, Carlson 11-17 1-2 23, Wright 2-4 0-0 4, Zastrow 0-4 6-6 6, Braun 3-7 3-4 7, Newell 0-0 0-0 0, Felt 1-2 0-0 2, Lundberg 6-9 5-9 17, Baxter 1-1 0-0 2, Bjorklund 2-5 4-4 9, Nagel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 22-28 84.

Half: NDSU 43, CC 30.3-point goals: CC 8-24 (Olmscheid 4-6, Fraase 1-1, Hartmann 0-5, Molina 2-2, Olson 0-2, Martinson 1-5, Lien 0-1, Nana-Kweson 0-1, Lindahl 0-1), NDSU 2-5 (Zastrow 0-2, Braun 1-2, Felt 1-1). Total fouls: CC 26, NDSU 29. Fouled out: Wright, Braun. Rebounds: CC 29 (Fraase 15), NDSU 39 (Bjorklund 9). Assists: CC 10 (Hartmann 3, Molina 3), NDSU 9 (Zastrow 3, Lundberg 3). Turnovers: CC 13 (Hagemeyer 3), NDSU 10 (Bjorklund 2).

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