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Eric Peterson, Published January 22 2014

Cobbers men knock off Macalester in MIAC basketball

MOORHEAD – Ryan Rude wears No. 3 on his jersey for Concordia, a number that was fitting for the junior point guard Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

Rude sank back-to-back 3-pointers in the final three minutes to help vault the Cobbers to a 76-65 victory against Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

Rude finished with a career-high 18 points, including 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.

“Ryan just made some huge plays for us,” Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said.

Known more his defense, Rude scored 15 points in the second half on 6-for-7 shooting from the field. The 6-foot-1 Rude drained both 3-pointers he attempted after halftime.

“In the moment, it just happened,” Rude said. “I’m definitely more of a defensive player, but shots will go down sometimes.”

Macalester cut the Cobbers lead to 64-63 after freshman center Kareem Ismail scored an inside basket with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining.

That is when Rude took over. He first sank a 3-pointer that gave the Cobbers a 67-63 lead with 2:25 to play. He then swished a 3-pointer from the right wing, with the shot clock running down, to stake Concordia to a 70-63 lead with 1:15 remaining.

“We needed him to score tonight and he came up and got it done,” Glas said of Rude, who leads the team with 3.8 assists per game.

Rude wasn’t the only Concordia player that had a strong night from the perimeter. Sophomore guard Tom Fraase and junior guard Brandon Giese added 17 points apiece. The Rude-Fraase-Giese trio combined to shoot 53 percent (10 of 19) from 3-point range.

“We were just working the ball around and finding the matchups,” Rude said. “Sometimes you have to ride the hot hand and tonight our perimeter players were getting it done.”

The Cobbers avenged a loss to Macalester that came earlier this season. The Scots scored a 79-76 home win against Concordia on Dec. 4 to open the MIAC season.

“It’s a good win for us,” Rude said. “It’s a win we felt that we had to get.”

MACALESTER (2-14, 1-10 MIAC): Glatt 6-10 0-0 13, Ismail 6-8 2-4 14, Kilgour 6-13 4-4 19, Moritzky 1-8 1-2 3, Yaffe 1-3 4-4 6, Poulsen 0-0 2-2 2, Granai 0-0 0-0 0, Bernhard 0-1 0-0 0, Gullerud 0-0 0-0 0, Voss 2-3 4-4 8. Totals 22-46 17-20 65.

CONCORDIA (8-8, 4-7): Syverson 0-4 5-6 5, Bolger 2-11 2-2 6, Rude 7-10 1-3 18, Fraase 6-9 1-2 17, Giese 6-12 2-2 17, Zimmerman 1-2 0-0 2, Ellingson 0-1 0-0 0, Bergeson 0-1 2-2 2, Deutsch 0-2 0-0 , Zimmer 3-3 3-3 9. Totals 25-55 16-20 76.

Half: CC 33, MC 30. 3-point goals: MC 4-12 (Glatt 1-2, Kilgour 3-6, Moritzky 0-1, Yaffe 0-2, Bernhard 0-1), CC 10-21 (Bolger 0-1, Rude 3-4, Fraase 4-6, Giese 3-9, Bergeson 0-1). Total fouls: MC 17, CC 16. Rebounds: MC 31 (Ismail 15), CC 28 (Bolger 11). Assists: MC 9 (Moritzky 4), CC 12 (Fraase 3, Giese 3). Steals: MC 3 (Yaffe 2), CC 8 (Bolger 4). Turnovers: MC 16 (four players with 3), CC 7 (Rude 2). A-343.


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