Running Cobbers beat Hamline 95-75
Concordia rips Bethel 104-78
by Vic Quick
The Running Cobbers utilized 26 points from junior forward Daimen Crump to cruise to an easy road win over St. Thomas 70-53. The win keeps the Cobbers in a tie for first place in the MIAC with Gustavus. The Cobbers' record is now 10-1 in the conference, 14-2 overall.
The Cobbers took a halftime lead of 36-26 into the second half of play and maintained the lead for the rest of the game.
Senior Jason Sorenson, the Cobbers' long range shooter, finished the game with nine points, and senior Kenny Nelson finished the game with seven points.
On Monday night the Pipers of Hamline came for a visit to the Memorial Auditorium. Concordia had a relatively easy time as they came away with a 95-75 win.
Hamline's only lead was a short-lived 5-4 advantage just two minutes in the game. Concordia took over from that point and led the rest of the way. Halfway through the first half Hamline managed to come within three as the Cobs led by a score of 24-21.
However, the Cobbers outscored the Pipers 21-11 to close out the the first half and took a 45-32 lead into the locker room. The second half was once again all Concordia.
Crump led the way for Concordia with 22 points while senior Jason Sorenson added 20 points.
The Cobs maintained to out -rebound the Pipers by a margin of 43-32. Nelson brought a strong presence to the middle as he posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Greg Dean did a nice job of running the Cobber offense as he dished out eight assists while senior Jesse Williams had six of his own.
The Royals of Bethel were the opponent for the Cobs on Saturday and, despite a second half comeback by the Royals, Concordia managed a 104-78 victory.
Concordia held a 48-33 lead at the half, but Bethel managed to close the deficit to 66-60 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Like the previous game, the Cobbers took over at crunch time to come away with the decisive win.
Coach Duane Siverson had faith in his bench as twelve Concordia players scored in the game. The Cobbers were led by Crump, who poured in 37 points by making 16 of 25 field goals.
Nelson scored 18 points, grabbed 12 boards and blocked five Bethel shot attempts.
Next weekend is the most important game of the year for the Cobbers. The contest features the two teams tied for the MIAC lead as Gustavus will come here to play the Cobbers at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Memorial Auditorium.
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