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Carleton hangs on to top Concordia in overtime thriller

MOORHEAD-Concordia men's basketball team used an improbable comeback in regulation to send Wednesday's Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup with Carleton to overtime, but the Knights were too much for the Cobbers, winning in the ...

Isaac Anderson of Concordia College shoots over Kevin Grow of Carlton during their basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Moorhead.Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Isaac Anderson of Concordia College shoots over Kevin Grow of Carlton during their basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Moorhead.Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MOORHEAD-Concordia men's basketball team used an improbable comeback in regulation to send Wednesday's Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup with Carleton to overtime, but the Knights were too much for the Cobbers, winning in the extra frame 87-86.

"We fought hard the whole game, but they just shot it well," Concordia coach Rich Glas said. "They're post play really hurt us. We had a stretch in the second half there where we missed some shots, but we battled back."

Concordia (5-6, 2-4 MIAC) trailed 70-63 with 27 seconds left in regulation and the game seemed out of reach. Tom Fraase buried a 3-pointer, Carleton split a pair of free throws and Dylan Alderman sank a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 71-69 with 9.6 seconds remaining. Carleton missed both free throws and Alderman was fouled with 3.1 seconds left.

Despite timeouts before his first and second free throws to attempt to ice him, Alderman sank both. Carleton (7-3, 4-1 MIAC) missed a desperation heave and the game went to overtime.

"We made a great second-half push at the end to even bring it to overtime," said Concordia forward Jordan Bolger, who finished with a team-high 23 points. "They just executed. They ran their stuff well. We tip our hat to them. They played well, but we got to come out and perform better defensively in that overtime. It's just a learning moment here and we just need to get better each day defensively, so we get some stops when we need them."

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Carleton scored on its first seven possessions in overtime and had an 87-79 lead with 33 seconds remaining. Fraase hit two of three at the free-throw line to get within 87-81 with 12.2 seconds left. Carleton missed two free throws and Alderman sank a layup, but it was too late. Carleton nonchalantly threw in the inbounds pass and Concordia's Austin Nelson took the ball and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score seem closer than it was.

"We got beat by a good team tonight," Glas said. "We have to get ready to play our next game on Saturday, which is going to be another tough ballgame against a very good St. John's team, so there's no feeling sorry for ourselves."

Concordia took a 31-29 lead into halftime and used an 8-2 run to turn a 36-35 lead into a 44-37 lead early in the second half, but Carleton answered with a 17-7 to take a 54-51 lead. The game was tied at 61-61 with 4 minutes, 51 seconds remaining before Concordia took a 63-61 lead with 2:30 remaining. Carleton responded with a 9-0 run to take a 70-63 lead with 27 seconds before the comeback for the Cobbers.

The Cobbers didn't have an answer down low for Carleton's Kevin Grow and Chen. Grow scored 28 points and Chen scored 27 and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench with 24 of Chen's points coming in the second half and overtime. Chen also sank 13 of 19 free throws.

"That's something that most of the MIAC teams don't have, two big strong players like that down there, and they beat us up," Bolger said. "They shot real well today. They were real crafty."

CARLETON (7-3, 3-1 MIAC): Grow 13-14 2-4 28, Eckert 2-5 3-4 7, Johnson 1-2 1-4 3, Biewen 1-5 8-12 11, Smit 2-4 1-2 5, Bakker-Arkema 2-2 0-0 6, Chen 7-15 13-19 27. Totals 28-47 28-45 87.

CONCORDIA (5-6, 2-4): Syverson 3-7 -0-0 6, Bolger 10-16 3-5 23, Fraase 4-9 2-3 12, Alderman 3-5 11-12 18, Nelson 6-14 1-1 16, Kinny 1-3 0-0 2, Ellingson 1-2 0-0 3, Saad 0-1 0-0 0, Heins 0-0 0-1 0, Anderson 1-2 4-4 6.

Half: CO 31, CA 29. 3-point goals: CA 3-8 (Johnson 0-1, Biewen 1-3, Smit 0-2, Bakker-Arkema 2-2), CO 7-17 (Bolger 0-1, Fraase 2-4, Alderman 1-2, Nelson 3-7, Kinny 0-1, Ellingson 1-2). Total fouls: CO 31, CA 22. Rebounds: CA 31 (Chen 9), CO 27 (Bolger, Anderson 5). Assists: CA 12 (Biewen 4), CO 5 (Bolger 3). Steals: CA 5 (five players with 1), CO 8 (three players with 2). Turnovers: CA 10 (Biewen 5), CO 12 (Bolger 6).

Murphy has covered sports in Chicago, Minnesota and North Dakota since 2009, working for The Forum since 2012. Contact: cmurphy@forumcomm.com or 701-241-5548
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