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College men's basketball: Cobbers' 3s down Saints, 39 of Concordia's 79 points come from beyond arc

St. Scholastica tried to limit Concordia in the paint Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. The Cobbers made the Saints pay from the perimeter. Concordia sank 13 shots from 3-point range and cruised to a 79-48 victory in men's basketball. The nonconfe...

St. Scholastica tried to limit Concordia in the paint Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. The Cobbers made the Saints pay from the perimeter.

Concordia sank 13 shots from 3-point range and cruised to a 79-48 victory in men's basketball.

The nonconference game was the Cobbers' first game at home this season.

"That's an outstanding job by our perimeter players," Cobbers coach Rich Glas said. "That's what we need and we need that to continue."

Concordia (2-0) shot 59 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point range, including 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half.

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Cobbers junior guard Karl Olson led the charge, sinking 4 of 4 shots from

3-point range.

He finished with a team-high 16 points.

"We know as a team, we are an inside-out team," Olson said. "When they collapse as much as they did tonight, we were just wide open on the perimeter and we took advantage of the open shots."

Concordia's top inside threats, junior forwards John Fraase and Darrin Olmscheid, combined for 14 points vs. the Saints.

The duo had a combined average of 27 points per game last season when they were the team's top two scorers.

"They did a lot of switching and tried to take away our post players so we had some open looks," Glas said. "If you get those looks, you have to be able to knock down a high percentage of those shots."

Concordia took control midway through the first half, scoring 15 consecutive points in one span on

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3-point shots.

That long-range shooting sparked a 17-4 rally.

Senior post James Baldwin polished off that surge with an inside basket that staked the Cobbers to a

30-15 lead with 5 minutes, 53 seconds to play in the first half. Concordia's lead never dipped into single digits after that stretch.

"For early in the year, it was an 'A' grade," Glas said. "I thought we did a nice job on defense ... taking away what they wanted to do. Offensively, we played pretty well."

The Cobbers had three players score in double digits and seven players scored six or more points. Junior Erik Lien was a spark off the bench with 12 points. Lien is coming off a knee injury that ended his season a year ago,

Glas liked what he saw from his bench against the Saints.

"I think our bench did a good job tonight," Glas said. "You got to have guys that can come in and maintain when things are going well and get them even better. And if they aren't going well, make sure we get things turned around."

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ST. SCHOLASTICA (1-2): Dibrell 1-1 0-0 2, Tester 4-6 2-3 10, Schmitz 4-10 1-2 10, Dahlman 0-4 1-2 1, Anderson 0-4 0-0 0, Johnson 4-10 0-0 10, Picott 0-0 0-0 0, Kosloske 3-4 0-0 6, Lodin 0-1 0-0 0, Franko 0-2 1-2 1, Feuling 0-0 2-2 2, Gray 0-0 2-2 2, Hamers 0-5 2-2 2, Schultz 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-49 11-15 48.

CONCORDIA (0-2): Molina 4-6 0-0 10, Nana-Kweson 0-2 0-0 0, Lien 4-10 2-2 12, Steckler 1-3 0-0 3, Olmscheid 3-4 0-0 6, Olson 6-8 0-0 16, Hartmann 3-4 0-0 8, Lindahl 0-2 0-0 0, Wachter 0-0 0-0 0, Fraase 3-6 2-2 8, Hagemeyer 1-1 0-0 2, Downs 2-2 0-0 4, Baldwin 2-3 0-4 4, Martinson 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 31-53 4-8 79.

Half: CC 36, SS 23. 3-point goals: SS 3-16 (Schmitz 1-4, Anderson 0-3, Johnson 2-6, Hamers 0-3), CC 13-22 (Molina 2-3, Nana-Kweson 0-2, Lien 2-6, Steckler 1-3, Olson 4-4, Hartmann 2-2, Martinson 2-2). Total fouls: SS 13, CC 18. Rebounds: SS 48 (three players with 10), CC 32 (Olmscheid 8). Assists: SS 8 (three players with 2), CC 19 (Olson 5). Steals: SS 5 (Dibrell 3), CC 7 (Molina 3). Turnovers: SS 13 (three players with 2), CC 10 (Fraase 4).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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