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Eric Peterson, Published January 04 2011

3 is the key as Concordia men's basketball team defeats Macalester

Three was the magic number for Concordia on Monday at Memorial Auditorium.

The Cobbers sank eight 3-pointers and added three more 3-point plays in the first half to help build a 27-point halftime lead. Concordia used that early barrage of triples to fuel an 84-49 victory against Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

Playing in its first game since Dec. 18, Concordia (6-4, 2-3 MIAC) extended its winning streak to three games.

“As a team we’ve struggled shooting the ball,” Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said. “The last three games now … we have shot the ball pretty well.”

The Cobbers ended with 12 3-pointers to tie a team record for 3s in s MIAC game. Concordia also drained 12 triples in a January 2000 against Carleton. The overall team record for 3-pointers in a game is 15, which came against Mayville State in November 2003.

Senior guard Erik Lien paced the Cobbers with 18 points against Macalester. All of his points came on six 3-pointers. Lien was a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc. Concordia shot 48 percent (12 of 25) from

3-point range.

“It just kind of opens up and it feels bigger than the bucket really is,” Lien said. “When you are wide open you’ve got to shoot it.”

Glas was pleased with how Lien shot against the Scots, who have lost their past 49 MIAC games.

“It was great to see,” Glas said of Lien. “He’s been shooting it well in practice and now it’s carrying over to the games. He’s relaxed and just shooting the ball and that’s huge.”

Concordia started to pull away with a 17-0 run in the first half. The Cobbers scored the first 15 points in that stretch on 3-pointers. Lien and Aaron Lindahl each hit two of those 3-pointers. Ryan Hagemeyer also hit a 3-pointer during that run.

Lien, Lindahl and Hagemeyer all came off the bench to spark the Cobbers. Fellow reserve Eric Hartmann capped the surge with a layup that staked Concordia to a 25-6 lead with 8 minutes, 52 seconds to play in the first half.

The Cobbers bench players scored 64 points.

“I thought our guys who came off the bench played a great game,” Glas said. “They really picked us up.”

The Cobbers next play at Augsburg on Wednesday.

“It’s good to get a win,” Glas said. “It’s good to get on the court and get another win after a layoff. We needed to take care of business today. It’s the kind of game that you expect to win, but there are no guarantees.”

MACALESTER (0-8, 0-4 MIAC): Keeley 3-14 2-3 8, Peters 5-10 2-4 12, Quinn 1-7 2-4 4, Wasik 4-8 0-0 11, Hamblett 1-5 0-0 2, Jenkins 1-2 0-0 2, Matsumoto 0-1 2-2 2, Lechault 0-0 0-2 0, Bigler-Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Bowman 1-2 2-4 4, Diggs 0-0 0-0 0, Jarvis 1-4 0-0 2, Piepkorn 1-2 0-0 2, Leppink-Shands 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-57 10-19 49.

CONCORDIA (6-4, 2-3): Olmscheid 1-3 1-1 3, Fraase 0-4 0-0 0, Molina 1-5 0-0 3, Nana-Kweson 4-8 1-1 9, Olson 2-4 1-1 5, Lien 6-7 0-0 18, Baildon 2-2 0-0 4, Hartmann 2-2 0-0 5, Lindahl 4-6 0-0 10, Wachter 2-2 1-3 5, Akers 1-1 0-0 2, Hagemeyer 2-4 0-0 5, Sherva 0-0 0-0 0, Martinson 4-9 0-0 9, Huus 3-5 0-2 6, Fisher 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-64 4-8 84.

Half: CC 45, MC 18. 3-point goals: MC 3-15 (Keeley 0-1, Peters 0-1, Quinn 0-1, Wasik 3-6, Hamblett 0-2, Jenkins 0-1, Bigler-Johnson 0-1, Jarvis 0-2), CC 12-25 (Olmscheid 0-2, Fraase 0-1, Molina 1-3, Nana-Kweson 0-1, Olson 0-2, Lien 6-6, Hartmann 1-1, Lindahl 2-2, Hagemeyer 1-2, Martinson 1-4, Fisher 0-1). Total fouls: MC 13, CC 16. Rebounds: MC 35 (Keeley 7), CC 36 (Fraase 7). Assists: MC 5 (five players with 1), CC 23 (four players with 3). Steals: MC 10 (Peters 3), CC 11 (Olson 2, Lindahl 2). Turnovers: MC 21 (Hamblett 5), CC 16 (Olson 3, Lien 3).


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