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Eric Peterson, Published December 11 2013

Cobbers men earn first MIAC win against Augsburg

MOORHEAD – Memorial Auditorium proved to be the perfect elixir for a three-game Concordia losing streak.

The Cobbers exploded for 43 points in the second half to fuel a 68-57 home-floor victory against Augsburg on Wednesday in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

Concordia (4-4, 1-3 MIAC) earned its first MIAC victory after losing three consecutive road games to start the conference season.

“We’ve had a tough road here, and you just need a win to pick you up,” Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said. “It’s a confidence thing. It is knowing we can stay in there tough and win a basketball game against a tough team. So it’s a satisfying win.”

Cobbers sophomore Brady Syverson scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the charge. The 6-foot-6 forward made 4 of 5 shots from the floor and 6 of 7 shots from the foul line after halftime.

“We’re trying to bounce back and that’s what we did tonight,” said Syverson, a former Fargo North standout. “We wanted to come out and show that we are a good team and we will be able to compete this year.”

The Cobbers trailed 30-25 at halftime before they stormed into the lead. Concordia scored the first 12 points in the second half to surge into the lead for good. Sophomore guard Matt Ellingson started the rally with a 3-point play and a short floating jumper. Syverson hit a 15-foot baseline jumper during that span. Freshman forward Austin Hawkins capped the rally with a basket off a rebound that gave Concordia a 37-30 lead with 13 minutes, 51 seconds to play.

The Cobbers held the Auggies scoreless for more than six minutes to start the second half.

“We want to be that team that comes out being aggressive,” Syverson said of the team’s second-half start.

The Cobbers shot 54 percent (13 of 24) from the field in the second half. That hot shooting helped Concordia outscore Augsburg by 16 points in the final 20 minutes. The Auggies were picked to finish second in the MIAC in the preseason coaches’ poll.

“I thought we just played a solid 40 minutes of basketball,” Glas said. “We still made our little mistakes, but we shot the ball well. … It was a good game for the guys.”

AUGSBURG (4-3, 1-3 MIAC): Veach 5-11 0-1 11, D. Kornbaum 5-5 1-1 12, Gilmer 1-7 0-1 3, Weber 1-2 0-0 3, Seidlitz 2-13 2-4 7, Little 0-1 1-1 1, Sonnenfeld 0-1 0-0 0, Cross 0-0 0-0 0, Krause 0-0 0-0 0, Zangel 0-2 1-2 1, Rasmussen 0-0 0-0 0, Perea 5-7 12, Shepherd 2-2 0-0 4, R. Kornbaum 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 22-55 5-10 57.

CONCORDIA (4-4, 1-3): Syverson 5-7 7-9 17, Bolger 0-5 2-2 2, Fraase 4-5 0-0 11, Giese 5-9 1-2 13, Ellingson 4-6 4-4 12, Zimmerman 3-6 3-4 9, Abbas 1-3 0-0 2, Bergeson 0-4 0-0 0, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Hawkins 1-3 0-0 2, Zimmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-49 17-21 68.

Half: AC 30, CC 25. 3-point goals: AC 8-21 (Veach 1-2, D. Kornbaum 1-1, Gilmer 1-3, Weber 1-2, Seidlitz 1-8, Perea 2-3, R. Kornbaum 1-2), CC 5-15 (Bolger 0-1, Fraase 3-4, Giese 2-4, Zimmerman 0-2, Abbas 0-1, Bergeson 0-3). Total fouls: AC 18, CC 12. Fouled out: Veach. Technical foul: D. Kornbaum. Rebounds: AC 28 (D. Kornbaum 7), CC 35 (Bolger 7). Assists: AC 10 (Perea 4), CC 10 (Giese 5). Steals: AC 3 (three players with 1), CC 7 (Ellingson 3). Turnovers: AC 11 (three players with 3), CC 9 (Fraase 3).


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