Men's basketball: Cobbers lack scoring down stretch in loss to Oles
Concordia managed just three points the last 2:36 of the game and couldn't make up enough ground in an MIAC game at St. Olaf on Wednesday.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Concordia's offense went cold in the final minutes and the Cobbers couldn't make up enough ground in a 73-67 loss to St. Olaf in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game on Wednesday at the Skoglund Center.
The Oles inched up a one-point halftime lead to as many as 10 points early in the second half before the Cobbers chipped away. A Matthew Johnson jump shot gave Concordia a 54-53 lead with 12 minutes left.
But a 9-2 Oles run over the next 3-1/2 minutes put them back in control. The Cobbers could get no closer than four points the rest of the way. They trailed 68-64 with 2:36 left but hit just 1 of 5 from the floor and scored three points from that point on.
Johnson led the Cobbers with 20 points and six rebounds, and Jackson Jangula finished with 17 points. Rowan Nelson scored 11 points.
Nathan Hendler led the Oles with 21 points and Connor Martin had 13 points and eight assists and Kobe Kirk had 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Cobbers' tough stretch continued. They've lost four in a row and seven of eight. Their last six losses have come by an average of 6.6 points.
St. Olaf improved to 8-5 in the MIAC and 12-6 overall while the Cobbers fell to 4-9 in the conference and 6-12 overall. They play host to Bethel at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.