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Eric Peterson, Published December 07 2010

Men's basketball: Late 3-pointer lifts Carleton to victory, Lindahl, Fraase each score 16 in Cobber loss

Concordia hung close, but could never forge into the lead in the closing minutes Monday at Memorial Auditorium.

Tom Sawatzke drained a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 90 seconds remaining to help lift Carleton to a 70-66 victory against the Cobbers in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

“We just couldn’t make that one extra play, and to their credit they came down and hit some big shots,” Cobbers coach Rich Glas said. “They executed and they made their shots and we missed a couple of our shots at the end. They just out-executed us.”

The Cobbers (3-3, 0-2 MIAC) have lost their past two games, both conference contests. Concordia tied the score three times in the final 3½ minutes Monday, but never held a lead in the second half.

“We had too many lulls … and we couldn’t stop them when we needed that stop,” said Cobbers sophomore guard Aaron Lindahl, who scored 16 points. “We played well, but we didn’t play well for 40 minutes and that’s why we didn’t win it.”

The defending MIAC tournament champion, Carleton (3-3, 3-0) has won its last three games. The Knights were picked to finish third in the MIAC in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Cobbers were tabbed sixth.

“That’s what it’s all about when you go on the road,” Carleton coach Guy Kalland said. “You have an opportunity to put one away you better take advantage of it, because you might not see it again. It was the kind of game we expected.”

While Carleton made the plays it needed down the stretch, Glas felt another critical stretch was the final minutes in the first half. The Knights went on a 17-4 run to end the half that turned a seven-point Concordia lead into a 38-32 lead for Carleton at halftime.

“Where we lost that ball game was in the last eight possessions of the first half when we had six turnovers. That got them that lead and we could never get that lead back,” Glas said. “You have to value the ball. You never know when the game’s going to be tipped and it was tipped at that point in time.”

Carleton led by as many as 12 points in the second half, taking a 54-42 lead with 10 minutes, 21 seconds after Danny Geiger made a shot in the middle of the lane. The Cobbers countered with an 18-6 run.

Concordia tied the score at 60-60 with 3:17 remaining after Ebo Nana-Kweson scored a layup. The Cobbers also tied the score at 62-62 and 64-64, but could never find the lead.

“We just found some energy,” Lindahl said. “We had a couple stops there and hit a couple buckets. … We got back in there and we just couldn’t seal the deal.”

Sawatzke drained a

3-pointer with 1:30 remaining for a 67-64 lead. The Knights never trailed from that point.

“We have to play when the lights are on,” Glas said. “We have to execute for 40 minutes and we are struggling doing that. We’ve struggled with that for two years.”

CARLETON (3-3, 3-0 MIAC): Sutherland 4-8 4-4 13, Sawatzke 3-3 0-0 8, Biewen 2-10 2-2 6, Theisen 6-8 1-3 13, Jonker 5-8 3-4 13, Silbert 1-1 0-2 2, Geiger 1-2 0-0 2, Goetz 1-1 0-0 2, Rosenow 4-6 3-4 11. Totals 27-47 13-19 70.

CONCORDIA (3-3, 0-2): Molina 2-5 0-0 4, Nana-Kweson 3-9 2-3 8, Olmscheid 3-6 4-4 10, Lindahl 6-10 2-2 16, Fraase 7-14 2-8 16, Lien 0-2 0-0 0, Olson 0-1 2-2 2, Hartmann 0-0 0-0 0, Hagemeyer 0-0 1-2 1, Martinson 3-5 0-0 9. Totals 24-53 13-21 66.

Half: Carleton 38, Concordia 32. 3-point goals: Carleton 3-13 (Sutherland 1-3, Sawatzke 2-2, Biewen 0-7, Theisen 0-1), Concordia 5-15 (Molina 0-2, Nana-Kweson 0-3, Olmscheid 0-1, Lindahl 2-4, Lien 0-1, Wachter 0-1, Martinson 3-3). Total fouls: Carleton 18, Concordia 20. Fouled out: Rosenow, Jonker. Rebounds: Carleton 29 (Theisen 7), Concordia 28 (Fraase 6). Assists: Carleton 15 (Sutherland 6), Concordia 13 (Olmscheid 4). Steals: Carleton 7 (Sutherland 3), Concordia 5 (Molina 2). Turnovers: Carleton 13 (Sutherland 3, Sawatzke 3), Concordia 14 (Olmscheid 5).

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