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Eric Peterson, Published January 25 2014

Late cold snap dooms Concordia

MOORHEAD – Concordia went cold at the wrong time Saturday afternoon at Memorial Auditorium.

The Cobbers didn’t score a field goal in the final four minutes, allowing Gustavus to rally for a 49-46 victory in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

“We just didn’t get them to go down,” Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said. “I’m proud of our guys. We battled hard. We were right in there against a good team.”

Concordia shot 24 percent (5 of 21) from the floor in the second half, missing a chance to knock off Gustavus, which is in third place in the conference. The Cobbers (8-9, 4-8 MIAC) had a three-game home winning streak snapped.

“They’re a very good team,” said Cobbers sophomore Jordan Bolger, who had 17 points and eight rebounds. “You have to give them a lot of credit. They just made a few more plays down the stretch. We were right there though.”

The Cobbers took a 44-41 lead after junior Brandon Giese sank a pull-up jumper with 4 minutes, 8 seconds to play in the second half. That capped a 7-2 run, but would be the final field goal Concordia would score against the Gusties. The Cobbers’ final two points were from two Matt Ellingson free throws with 2:57 to play.

“We ran our stuff, we executed well and it just didn’t fall,” Bolger said.

Gustavus took a 49-46 lead with 24 seconds remaining after freshman Coleman Sweeney drained two foul shots. The Cobbers had two 3-point shots in the final 20 seconds, but missed both.

Sophomore guard Tom Fraase had an open look at a 3-pointer in the last second, but his shot was off target as the buzzer sounded.

“We put ourselves in a position to win the game,” Glas said.

The Cobbers were 2 of 14 (14 percent) from the field in the final 11 minutes. Bolger made 3-for-5 shots from the field in the second half, but he was the only Concordia player to make more than one field goal in the final 20 minutes.

In contrast, Gustavus shot 55 percent (11 of 20) from the field after halftime.

“This is a really good team and we battled with them for 40 minutes,” Bolger said. “We were right there.”

GUSTAVUS (12-5, 9-3 MIAC): Jacobs 4-7 0-0 9, Ziegler 6-7 4-7 16, Narum 1-4 0-0 3, Dick 2-3 0-0 5, Feddersen 5-7 1-1 11, Poppen 0-4 0-0 0, Sweeney 1-5 2-2 5, Kruize 0-3 0-0 0, Najera 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 7-11 49.

CONCORDIA (8-9, 4-8): Syverson 3-8 1-1 7, Bolger 6-8 5-5 17, Rude 1-4 2-4 4, Fraase 0-6 0-0 0, Giese 3-13 1-2 8, Zimmerman 0-2 0-0 0, Ellingson 0 2-2 2, Bergeson 1-2 0-0 3, Deutsch 0-0 1-2 1, Zimmer 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 15-46 14-18 46.

Half: CC 26, GAC 23. 3-point goals: GAC 4-11 (Jacobs 1-2, Narum 1-1, Dick 1-2, Poppen 0-4, Sweeney 1-2), CC 2-16 (Bolger 0-1, Rude 0-1, Fraase 0-4, Giese 1-7, Zimmerman 0-1, Bergeson 1-2). Total fouls: GAC 18, CC 11. Rebounds: GAC 27 (Feddersen 5, Poppen 5), CC 30 (Bolger 8). Assists: GAC 12 (Feddersen 4), CC 7 (Rude 2). Steals: GAC 4 (Feddersen 2), CC 7 (Rude 3). Turnovers: GAC 13 (Feddersen 3), CC 12 (Rude 3, Zimmerman 3). A-345.

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