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Eric Peterson, Published January 15 2014

Cobbers rally past St. John's for MIAC men's basketball win

MOORHEAD – Concordia head coach Rich Glas called sophomore Jordan Bolger “relentless,” a trait that emerged in the second half Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

Bolger scored 16 points after halftime to help spark the Cobbers to a 74-64 victory against St. John’s in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

“I was a little more aggressive with the ball in the second half,” said Bolger, who made 6 of 7 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes. “I was a little timid in the first half.”

The Cobbers (7-7, 3-6 MIAC) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Johnnies had a six-point halftime lead, but Concordia responded with a 48-point second half to rally for victory. The 6-foot-6 Bolger led that charge, adding six rebounds and two steals in the second half.

Bolger finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. He scored a number of his points off offensive rebounds.

“He’s relentless and that makes a difference,” Glas said of Bolger. “He’s always looking to get the ball. Some guys they say the ball falls to them, but that’s because they are after the ball all the time.”

The Cobbers shot 56 percent (15 of 27) percent from the field in the second half, and had two separate runs of 12 consecutive points after halftime. The second 12-point run pushed the Cobbers into the lead for good. Bolger scored the final four points in that rally, including a mid-lane jumper that gave Concordia a 59-49 lead with 5 minutes, 59 seconds remaining.

“I thought we really battled on defense and made them earn their points,” Glas said. “It was a solid defensive effort.”

The Cobbers protected their lead from the foul line, making 15 of 17 free throws in the second half. Concordia was 6 of 6 from the foul line in the final 40 seconds.

“It was a good win,” Bolger said.

ST. JOHN’S (5-8, 3-5 MIAC): Maslonkowski 5-10 1-2 11, Wittenborg 3-4 0-0 6, Butcher 4-13 2-2 10, McKenzie 4-7 3-3 11, Meyer 0-2 1-2 1, Schmitt 2-6 0-0 4, Risinger 1-4 1-1 3, Marx 4-9 3-4 15, Peterson 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 24-57 12-16 64.

CONCORDIA (7-7, 3-6): Syverson 2-6 3-3 7, Bolger 7-10 4-6 18, Rude 2-2 0-0 5, Fraase 5-12 4-4 15, Giese 5-15 2-2 13, Zimmerman 1-2 0-0 2, Ellingson 0-1 2-2 2, Abbas 0-1 0-0 0, Bergeson 0-1 0-0 0, Deutsch 1-4 2-2 4, Zimmer 3-4 2-2 8. Totals 26-58 19-21 74.

Half: SJU 32, CC 26. 3-point goals: SJU 4-13 (Wittenborg 0-1, Butcher 0-2, Schmitt 0-1, Risinger 0-2, Marx 4-7), CC 3-17 (Bolger 0-1, Rude 1-1, Fraase 1-4, Giese 1-7, Zimmerman 0-1, Abbas 0-1, Bergeson 0-1, Deutsch 0-1). Total fouls: SJU 19, CC 16. Fouled out: Syverson. Rebounds: SJU 30 (Butcher 7), CC 38 (Giese 9). Assists: SJU 15 (McKenzie 6), CC 19 (Rude 6). Steals: SJU 8 (Butcher 3), CC 7 (three players with 2). Turnovers: SJU 14 (Wittenborg 4), CC 13 (Giese 4). A-277.


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