Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Big Games Jan. 21--Concordia Moorhead Sweeps St. Thomas

What a night to be a Concordia Cobber!

First the women knocked off the 1st place (and recently rated as highly as #3 in the nation) Tommies 69-62. But the Cobbers were just getting warmed up on this cold, below zero night.

Because then came what Concordia's news service called an "improbable" win but perhaps the biggest win in Cobber basketball history, 54-52 over the previously unbeaten and #1 ranked Tommies men. Senior guard Andrew Martinson scored 11 points, all within the space of 3 minutes in the 2nd half, as Concordia erased a 37-32 deficit with a 17-6 run.

Now leading 49-43 at 5:55, Concordia would never trail again, though the Tommies would tie it up at 52 on a Will DeBerg 3 at 1:50. But the Tommies missed their last 4 shots, and Jacob Huus hit a pair of throws at 0:29 to win it. Huus finished with 9 points, 11 boards and 4 assists.

The women followed a similar script, using a 16-4 2nd half run to turn a 39-31 deficit into a 47-43 lead. They too would never trail again though the Tommies tied it up momentarily at 47. Finally it was 63-62 at 0:42, and St. Thomas missed their last 3 shots while Tricia Sorenson and Erika Jossart scored 4 and 2 points, respectively, including 4-of-6 throws, to clinch it. Sorenson led the Cobbers with 15 points and 8 rebounds, coming off the bench for the 1st time this year after starting 15 straight games.

The Concordia women thus tied St. Thomas for 1st place in the MIAC at 11-2, just 1 game ahead of Gustavus, St. Ben's and St. Mary's. Among the men, St. Thomas remains comfortably in 1st at 11-1, 2 games ahead of Augsburg and 3 games ahead of the Cobbers. But the national #1 ranking is probably a casualty at least for the time being.

Player of the Day: Concordia's 6th players, Andrew Martinson and Tricia Sorenson.

Coach of the Day: Obviously Concordia's Rich Glas and Jessica Rahman are the obvious candidates. But I just gotta mention a 3rd really amazing game last night. #1AA boys Pelican Rapids traveled to #6AA Hawley...and lost 79-51. So Hawley's Jed Carlson is the Coach of the Day, 'cause I got no other category left to get Hawley into today's report.

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