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Eric Peterson, Published February 10 2014

Cobbers men edge Carleton to earn home victory

MOORHEAD – Tom Fraase didn’t sink a 3-pointer in the first 32 minutes of the game Monday night at Memorial Auditorium – then he got scalding hot.

The sophomore drained three 3-pointers in the final seven-plus minutes to help Concordia score a 67-60 victory against Carleton in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball at Memorial Auditorium.

“Tom is a great shooter,” Cobbers sophomore Jordan Bolger said. “We count on him to hit those big shots in those big times. He hit those shots today. He’s a huge part of why we won.”

The Cobbers (11-11, 7-10 MIAC) snapped a two-game losing streak and kept their MIAC tournament hopes alive. Concordia is tied for seventh in the league, with the top six teams making the league playoffs. The Cobbers are two games out of the sixth spot and have three MIAC games remaining.

“This game was essential for us,” said Bolger, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. “We came in knowing that we needed to win this game.”

Carleton senior Taylor Hanson sank a foul shot that tied the score at 47-47 with 7 minutes, 35 seconds to play in the second half. Moments later, Fraase got hot from long range, swishing a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:19 remaining that sparked a 10-2 run that forged the Cobbers in the lead for good. He added another 3-pointer from the right wing during that important stretch.

“The first one was huge,” said Fraase, who went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. “Once that first one goes down it tends to have a domino effect.”

Junior point guard Riley Rude capped the surge with a driving basket that gave Concordia a 57-49 lead with 4:40 remaining. Fraase added another 3-pointer from the left wing that gave the Cobbers a 65-56 lead with 53 seconds to play. The 6-foot-3 guard scored 11 points in the second half.

“I got some open looks and fortunately they went down,” Fraase said. “We held together as a team and got that big win for us.”

Bolger also had a big second half, scoring 13 points in the final 20 minutes. The 6-6 forward scored most of his points off aggressive drives to the rim.

“Jordan was phenomenal,” Fraase said. “He just took it hard to the basket and set the tempo for us.”

CARLETON (9-13, 7-10 MIAC): Hanson 3-10 1-4 7, Eckert 4-5 1-1 9, Bakker-Arkema 4-8 0-0 11, McSparron 4-7 2-2 10, Biewen 4-6 0-0 10, Smit 1-3 2-2 4, Chen 3-9 3-3 9. Totals 23-48 9-12 60.

CONCORDIA (11-11, 7-10): Syverson 0-6 2-2 2, Bolger 8-11 1-2 17, Rude 4-8 0-1 9, Fraase 6-9 0-0 15, Giese 4-9 2-2 10, Zimmerman 2-2 0-0 4, Ellingson 0-0 0-0 0, Bergeson 3-4 0-2 7, Deutsch 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmer 0-1 3-6 3. Totals 27-50 8-15 67.

Half: Carleton 28, Concordia 25. 3-point goals: Carleton 5-9 (Bakker-Arkema 3-6, Biewen 2-3), Concordia 5-12 (Rude 1-2, Fraase 3-5, Giese 0-3, Bergeson 1-2). Total fouls: Carleton 13, Concordia 12. Rebounds: Carleton 25 (Hanson 11), Concordia 27 (Bolger 9). Assists: Carleton 12 (Hanson 4), Concordia 10 (Bolger 3). Steals: Carleton 3 (Biewen 2), Concordia 6 (Rude 2, Fraase 2). Turnovers: Carleton 11 (Bakker-Arkema 3, Chen 3), Concordia 8 (Giese 4). A-327.

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