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Eric Peterson, Published January 29 2014

Cobbers men knock off Bethel for home MIAC victory

MOORHEAD – Concordia head coach Rich Glas used a short sentence to sum up why his team was successful Wednesday night a Memorial Auditorium.

“We were tough,” Glas said.

The Cobbers committed seven turnovers, played solid defense and sprinkled in timely shooting from long range. That combination helped the Cobbers earn a 61-51 victory against Bethel in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

“That’s how it always should be,” said Cobbers sophomore Brett Bergeson, who scored 11 points off the bench. “Defense wins games most of the time.”

The Cobbers (9-9, 5-8 MIAC) have won four of their past five home games. Concordia limited the Royals to 40 percent (21 of 52) shooting from the field. Bethel was tied for fourth place in the conference heading into Wednesday’s game.

“We hung in there,” Glas said. “We played tough basketball. There were times when they made little runs at us … and we put a squelch to it. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

The Cobbers surged into the lead for good with a string of eight consecutive points that started with less than seven minutes to play in the first half. Bergeson scored an inside basket during that stretch. Sophomore guard Tom Fraase did the rest during that rally with two 3-pointers. Fraase’s second 3-point shot in that game-changing run gave the Cobbers a 29-22 lead with 4 minutes, 48 seconds remaining until halftime.

Bergeson scored eight points in the first half, including 2-for-4 shooting from 3-point range. The 6-foot-1 guard helped the Cobbers take a 35-28 halftime lead.

“It’s something you have to get used to,” Bergeson of scoring off the bench. “You’ve got to always be ready and just be warm and ready to knock down shots.”

The Cobbers shot 42 percent (10 of 24) from 3-point range for the game. Junior guard Brandon Giese made four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points. Bergeson and Fraase, who had 11 points, each added three

3-pointers.

“We need their consistent scoring on that outside,” Glas said.

The Royals didn’t get closer than five points of the lead in the second half. Bethel shot 37 percent (10 of 27) from the field over the final 20 minutes.

“I thought we have played well defensively,” Glas said. “They’ve got some scorers. They’ll bomb those shots.”

BETHEL (11-7, 7-6 MIAC): Schmidt-Pauli 1-4 0-0 3, Buttenhoff 4-7 2-2 10, Wojta 4-10 0-0 9, Schmidt 1-9 0-0 3, Casey 3-5 0-0 6, Gorski 2-2 0-0 5, Wolhowe 0-1 1-2 1, Skinner 3-5 0-0 6, Hall 1-3 0-0 3, Canfield 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 21-52 3-4 51.

CONCORDIA (9-9, 5-8): Syverson 2-5 0-1 4, Bolger 5-8 2-2 12, Rude 0-3 2-4 3, Fraase 4-8 0-0 11, Giese 7-15 1-1 19, Ellingson 0-1 0-0 0, Bergeson 4-7 0-2 11, Deutsch 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-48 5-10 61.

Half: CC 35, BU 28. 3-point goals: BU 6-22 (Schmidt-Pauli 1-2, Wojta 1-2, Schmidt 1-8, Casey 0-2, Nelson 0-1, Gorski 1-1, Hall 1-3, Canfield 1-3), CC 10-24 (Rude 0-3, Fraase 3-5, Giese 4-10, Bergeson 3-6). Total fouls: BU 10, CC 10. Rebounds: BU 32 (Gorski 5), CC 28 (Bolger 8). Assists: BU 13 (Wojta 3, Schmidt 3), CC 15 (Rude 5). Steals: BU 3 (three players with 1), CC 5 (Bolger 3). Turnovers: BU 10 (Gorski 4), CC 7 (Fraase 3). A-372.


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