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Eric Peterson, Published January 07 2013

Martinson helps spark Cobbers men to MIAC victory

MOORHEAD – Andrew Martinson drained four

3-pointers in less than three minutes late in the first half Monday night.

That hot shooting sparked Concordia to a

93-72 victory against Winona St. Mary’s in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball at Memorial Auditorium.

“That’s my job to knock down shots when I’m open,” Martinson said.

Martinson finished with a team-high 19 points off the bench. The senior made 5 of 7 shots from beyond the 3-point line.

“That’s his job,” Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said. “We bring him off the bench to give us a spark, particularly offensively. ”

The Cobbers (8-4, 5-2 MIAC) have won five consecutive games and haven’t lost since Dec. 3. Concordia has scored more than 90 points in the last two games and at least 80 points in the past four games.

“When you look at the stat sheet and you’re shooting over 50 percent and shooting well from the 3-point line that can happen,” Glas said. “Maybe we are making up for the last four years of not shooting it very well.”

The Cobbers shot 55 percent (33 of 60) from the field against St. Mary’s, which is winless in the MIAC.

Concordia was particularly hot in the first half, shooting 68 percent (21 of 31) from the field in the first half. The Cobbers shot 89 percent (8 of 9) from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

Martinson helped pad that hot shooting in the opening half. The 6-foot guard made 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions. His first 3-pointer came with 4 minutes, 18 seconds to play in the first half and gave the Cobbers a 39-30 lead. Martinson completed the hot streak with a 3-pointer from the left wing that pushed the lead to 48-38 with 1:47 to play until halftime. Concordia took a 55-42 lead into halftime.

“He really ignited us with those four 3s in a row,” Glas said. “That was critical.”

SMU (1-10, 0-6 MIAC): Swiggum 6-9 1-1 15, Burfeind 8-20 5-6 22, Murray 2-5 1-2 5, Pederson 2-8 2-2 6, Gores 4-5 0-0 10, Vix 1-2 0-0 3, Meyer 0-1 1-2 1, Ruth 1-3 2-2 4, Thomas 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 26-57 14-17 72.

CONCORDIA (8-4, 5-2): Fisher 2-3 2-2 6, Huus 4-5 2-2 10, McKenzie 5-7 0-0 12, Nana-Kweson 6-9 4-4 16, Lindahl 6-10 2-2 16, Rude 1-1 2-2 4, Martinson 5-9 4-5 19, Johnsrud 0-0 0-0 0, Bolger 0-2 0-0 0, Giese 0-0 0-0 0, Deutsch 0-1 0-0 0, Flotterud 3-10 2-2 8, Ellingson 1-1 0-0 2, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-60 18-19 93.

Half: CC 55, SMU 42. 3-point goals: SMU 6-12 (Swiggum 2-2, Burfeind 1-4, Pederson 0-2, Gores 2-2, Vix 1-1, Thomas 0-1), CC 9-16 (Fisher 0-1, McKenzie 2-2, Lindahl 2-3, Martinson 5-7, Bolger 0-1, Deutsch 0-1, Anderson 0-1). Total fouls: SMU 11, CC 17. Technical foul: SMU bench, Pederson. Rebounds: SMU 30 (Swiggum 9), CC 30 (Nana-Kweson 8). Assists: SMU 11 (Gores 3), CC 11 (Lindahl 3). Steals: SMU 4 (four players with 1), CC 7 (Lindahl 3). Turnovers: SMU 12 (Pederson 4), CC 7 (Martinson 3).


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