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Chris Murphy, Published January 05 2013

Concordia men score on 10 of its first 11 second-half possessions in win

MOORHEAD – No one is perfect, but Brandon Fisher, Dewon McKenzie, Ebo Nana-Kweson and Aaron Lindahl certainly came close Saturday in Concordia’s 99-70 dismantling of Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

The four Cobbers starters took 29 shots from the field and 24 of them found the bottom of the net, including six from beyond the

3-point arc.

“Defensively is where it starts,” said Lindahl, who had a team-high 21 points. “That has led to our offense. Our offense has been really uptempo and we’ve been shooting the ball really well because we’ve been getting good looks. Our defense has really given us our offense.”

Concordia (7-4, 4-2 MIAC) had six players in double digits, as McKenzie netted 17 points, Fisher added 14, Jason Bolger scored 13 points and Nana-Kweson and Andrew Martinson each had 11 points to go along with Lindahl’s 21.

The Cobbers shot over 66 percent from the field and netted nine of 14 shots from 3-point land.

“We shot extremely well and that’s what happens when you shoot extremely well,” Concordia coach Rich Glas said. “We didn’t force things. We were patient with our offense and when we had a good look, we knocked it down. It was a good offensive performance.”

After Fisher hit a fade-away jumper to put Concordia up 32-30 with 5 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first half, the Cobbers never trailed. The Cobbers took a 46-36 lead into the break and scored on 10 of their first 11 possessions of the second half for a 25-8 run to ice it and push the team’s winning streak to four games.

“We closed the first half well and carried it into the second half,” Glas said. “We’re cutting down on our mistakes on both ends of the floor, we’re playing with more focus and we’re concentrating better. It’s the confidence that comes with playing better and focusing in on what we need to do. We see success doing that and we want to continue it.”

It was a 22-6 run to end the first half that gave the momentum to Concordia and the Cobbers never gave it back to Macalester (3-7,

0-5), handing the Scots their sixth straight loss.

“We knew they had young guards, so we wanted to attack them,” Lindahl said. “We got some easy turnovers that turned into easy buckets and when those start falling, jump shots start falling. It all starts with defense.”

Things begin to get busy for Concordia, as the Cobbers will host St. Mary’s on Monday, head to St. John’s on Wednesday and host Hamline on Saturday.

C (7-4, 6-2): Fisher 6-9 1-1 14, McKenzie 6-7 3-4 17, Nana-Kweson 4-4 3-4 11, Lindahl 8-9 2-2 21, Rude 1-2 0-0 2, Martinson 4-8 0-0 11, Johnsrud 1-3 0-0 2, Bolger 5-8 3-4 13, Deutsch 1-3 0-0 2, Giese 1-2 0-0 2, Ellingson 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 39-59 12-15 99.

M (3-7, 0-6): Marshall 7-14 8-13 22, Kilgour 5-9 3-4 16, Erickson 2-5 0-0 6, Wasik 4-7 1-1 9, Black 1-1 0-0 2, Glatt 1-1 0-0 3, Granai 1-2 0-1 2, Bialostok 2-8 2-3 7, Bowman 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 24-59 15-24 70.

Half: C 46, M 26. 3-point goals: C 9-14 (Fisher 1-2, McKenzie 3-4, Nana-Kweson 3-4, Lindahl 2-2, Bolger 3-4) M 7-17 (Kilgour 3-5, Erickson 2-2, Wasik 0-2, Bernhard 0-4, Glatt 1-1, Granai 0-1, Bialostok 1-2). Total fouls: C 20, M 15. Rebounds: C 37 (Bolger 7, Fisher 6), M 25 (Marshall 6). Assists: C 14 (Nana-Kweson 5, Lindahl 4), M 7 (Kilgour 3). Steals: C 8 (McKenzie 3), M 3 (three with 1). Turnovers: C 9, M 10.


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