Michael Jenson drives to the hoop during a 85-70 loss to Concordia on Wednesday night at the Skoglund Center.
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Big second half leads Cobbers past Ole men
Michael Abdella January 2, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Concordia shot 64.3 percent and scored 51 points in the second half, as they topped the St. Olaf men's basketball team 85-70 in a MIAC game at Skoglund Center on Wednesday night.
The score was knotted at 34-34 at halftime after two Jordan Bolger free throws that stemmed from a shooting foul right at the buzzer. The Oles trailed by just two with 13:45 to play but the Cobbers then went on a big run to take complete control.
During a 35-17 run, the Cobbers (6-4, 3-2 MIAC) went 12-13 from the field to take a 79-59 lead with 4:58 remaining. Brandon Fisher had 10 of his game-high 23 points during the spurt.
The Oles (3-6, 2-2 MIAC) whittled the deficit to 12 with 2:41 left but could not get any closer. Mason Braden had five of the eight St. Olaf points during the 8-0 run.
Fisher's 23 points came on 8-11 shooting, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Ebo Nana-Kweson added 21 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Cobbers. Concordia shot 58.2% (32-55) for the game.
Braden led the Oles with 17 points on 8-11 from the field. Three other Oles were in double figures, as Nathan Kuck came off the bench to score 14 and Sterling Nielsen and Matthew Hultgren each had a dozen. Hultgren led St. Olaf with seven boards.
The Oles shot 47.5% (28-59) from the field but went just 3-14 from behind the arc. St. Olaf also struggled at the free throw line, making just 11 of 19 attempts (57.9%). Concordia also recorded eight steals compared to just three for St. Olaf.
The Oles travel to Arden Hills on Saturday for a MIAC contest against Bethel. The Royals are 6-4 overall and 2-3 in MIAC play. The game against Bethel is the first of four conference games in the space of a week for St. Olaf, as they look to stay in the playoff race.