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Eric Peterson, Published January 18 2012

Cobbers slam Scots in men's hoops

MOORHEAD – Dewon McKenzie was the cover photo on Wednesday’s Concordia gameday program.

The Cobbers junior point guard played like a marquee player. McKenzie scored 15 points in the first 20 minutes to spark a

51-point first half. That strong start vaulted Concordia to an 81-59 victory against Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

“It’s big that we got off to a good start in that first half,” said McKenzie, who finished with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Cobbers (6-10, 4-7 MIAC) snapped a three-game losing streak.

“This win was big for us,” McKenzie said. “We really needed one. We’ve been in some close games lately and to finally get a ‘W’ is big. Hopefully, we can build on that.”

The Cobbers raced to a 20-point halftime lead, shooting 70 percent (21 of 30) from the field in the first half.

McKenzie was 6 of 8 from the field in the opening half, including 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. Cobbers junior forward Brandon Fisher scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the first 20 minutes, making 5 of 6 shots from the floor.

“We just hit a lot of shots and it was good to see the shots falling because we’ve struggled shooting the basketball,” Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said. “It was a great first half for us.”

The Cobbers were hot from the start, scoring the game’s first nine points. McKenzie sank a 3-pointer that gave Concordia a 9-0 lead with 17 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the first half. The Cobbers never trailed and led by as many as 25 points in the second half.

Macalester trimmed the Concordia lead to 60-51 after center Andy Bowman scored an inside basket with 11:20 remaining in the second half. The Cobbers countered with the next 11 points to squelch that rally.

“In the second half when we did let things slip and it was a ballgame, we responded,” Glas said. “We bounced back and made some plays and you have to do that.”

MACALESTER (1-14, 1-9 MIAC): Diggs 5-8 2-4 12, Marshall 4-14 2-6 10, Peters 2-6 5-5 9, Erickson 1-2 0-0 2, Wasik 2-6 3-6 8, Kulik 0-1 0-0 0, Matsumoto 2-3 0-0 4, Bialostok 2-5 0-0 4, Bowman 3-4 0-0 6, Yaffe 1-4 0-0 2, Piepkorn 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-54 12-21 59.

CONCORDIA (4-7, 6-10): Nana-Kweson 5-7 1-1 11, Fisher 9-14 2-2 21, Huus 5-9 2-2 12, McKenzie 7-12 2-2 19, Rude 0-4 0-0 0, Molina 0-1 2-2 2, Baildon 5-9 2-2 12, Flotterud 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmer 0-1 0-2 0, Martinson 1-4 1-3 4. Totals 32-61 12-16 81.

Half: CC 51, MC 31. 3-point goals: MC 1-10 (Diggs 0-1, Peters 0-1, Erickson 0-1, Wasik 1-3, Bialostok 0-2, Yaffe 0-2), CC 5-19 (Fisher 1-3, McKenzie 3-7, Rude 0-2, Baildon 0-3, Martinson 1-4). Total fouls: MC 8, CC 14. Fouled out: Nana-Kweson. Rebounds: MC 30 (Diggs 6), CC 38 (Huus 9). Assists: MC 13 (Marshall 5), CC 19 (Molina 5). Steals: MC 9 (Wasik 2, Piepkorn 2), CC 9 (McKenzie 3). Turnovers: MC 13 (Erickson 4), CC 10 (McKenzie 3, Rude 3).


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