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Eric Peterson, Published January 26 2013

Cobbers men cruise to victory against Augsburg

MOORHEAD – Memorial Auditorium mastery continued for Concordia on Saturday.

The Cobbers shot 63 percent from the field to cruise to an 88-68 victory against Augsburg in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

The Cobbers (12-7, 9-5 MIAC) have won all seven conference games they have played at home this season. Their lone loss at Memorial was against Division II foe and in-town rival Minnesota State Moorhead on Nov. 20.

Concordia has gone 7-0 at home since.

“You’ve got to own your home court and right now we’re doing that,” Concordia head coach Rich Glas said.

The Cobbers pulled within one game of Augsburg (15-4, 10-4) for second place in the conference with the victory. Earlier this week, Concordia earned a 54-52 home victory over MIAC-leading and No. 1-ranked St. Thomas.

“We feel comfortable in our gym and there is usually a good atmosphere in here,” said Cobbers senior Andrew Martinson, who had 18 points off the bench. “We just have fun playing here so it’s a good time.”

The Cobbers were in control for most of the game against Augsburg, which only led once at 2-0. Concordia shot 66 percent (21 of 32) from the field in the first half to build a 47-32 halftime lead. Senior forward Brandon Fisher was perfect from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The 6-foot-4 Fisher scored 10 points before halftime on 4-for-4 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers.

“I think that comes with home court advantage. We shoot well in practice here,” said Fisher, who went to Fargo South. “Teams have to travel a long way. They kind of have to do what we have to do on every road game.”

Most of the 11 MIAC men’s basketball teams are based in the Twin Cities or within about an hour drive of the metro area with the exception of Concordia and St. Mary’s.

“I think part of the fact that teams have to make this trip, it’s tough for them, and we play well here,” Martinson said.

Martinson scored nine points in each half, scoring his double-digit point total in 21 minutes. The 6-foot guard sank 7 of 11 shots from the field, including 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.

“They realize that when A-Mart gets hot, they all love seeing him make shots,” Glas said. “He’s busy moving and he does a good job moving without the ball.”

Martinson has provided a scoring punch in a reserve role, scoring in double digits in 11 of the 18 games he played in this season.

“That kid won’t miss in practice and he comes out in games and does the same thing,” Fisher said of Martinson. “That’s exactly what we need if we are going to win games.”

The Cobbers are alone in third place in the MIAC with Bethel and St. John’s one game behind with 8-6 league marks. Carleton is right behind those two teams at 7-6 record. The top six teams in the conference make the MIAC tournament.

AUGSBURG (15-4, 10-4 MIAC): Rasmussen 5-9 5-8 15, Kornbaum 6-14 3-3 15, Schmidt 3-8 2-2 9, Veach 2-3 0-0 4, Hines 3-8 0-0 8, Weber 1-2 0-0 3, Seidlitz 1-5 0-3 2, Krause 0-0 0-0 0, Cur 5-8 1-1 12, Little 0-0 0-0 0, Gilmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 11-17 68.

CONCORDIA (12-7, 9-5): Fisher 7-8 2-2 19, Huus 6-7 0-0 12, McKenzie 3-7 0-0 6, Nana-Kweson 4-7 0-0 9, Lindahl 5-13 0-0 11, Rude 2-3 0-0 5, Martinson 7-11 0-0 18, Bolger 1-1 0-0 2, Flotterud 2-2 2-3 6. Totals 37-59 4-5 88.

Half: CC 47, AC 32. 3-point goals: AC 5-17 (Rasmussen 0-1, Kornbaum 0-1, Schmidt 1-4, Hines 2-4, Weber 1-2, Seidlitz 0-2, Cur 1-3), CC 10-22 (Fisher 3-4, McKenzie 0-3, Nana-Kweson 1-2, Lindahl 1-5, Rude 1-1, Martinson 4-7). Total fouls: AC 10, CC 15. Rebounds: AC 20 (Kornbaum 6), CC 38 (Huus 11). Assists: AC 12 (Hines 5), CC 26 (three players with 6). Steals: AC 3 (Schmidt 2), CC 2 (Huus, Nana-Kweson). Turnovers: AC 7 (Kornbaum 2, Veach 2), CC 11 (Nana-Kweson 3). A-411.

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