Martinson stars as Cobbers edge Ole men
January 30, 2013
MOORHEAD, Minn.- Andrew Martinson came off the bench to score a season-high 31 points as Concordia picked up a 78-73 MIAC win over the St. Olaf men's basketball team on Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.
Martinson did most of his damage in the second half, as he scored 23 points after the break. The senior guard went 9-for-14 from the field, including 4-for-7 on threes, and made all nine of his free throws to lead Concordia (13-7, 10-5 MIAC). Jason Huus recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cobbers.
Josh Pratt led the Oles with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. Pratt went 4-for-7 from behind the arc. Sterling Nielsen chipped in with 14 points and Justin Pahl made three threes to add 11 for St. Olaf (7-12, 6-8 MIAC).
Pratt and Pahl came out on fire from long range as the pair made the first five baskets, all threes, for the Oles. On five straight possessions, the duo alternated making threes as Pratt drilled three and Pahl hit two himself.
Behind Pratt and Pahl, St. Olaf built up a 25-18 lead near the midway point of the first half. The Oles made eight of their first eleven shots and led by four at halftime, as the Cobbers offense hung with St. Olaf early. Both teams only committed one turnover in the opening half.
An and-one by Josh Pratt gave the Oles their biggest lead of the night at 46-38 with 16:38 left in the game, but then Concordia started to take control. The Cobbers went on a 19-5 run over the next ten minutes and change to take a six-point lead with 6:30 left. Martinson hit two threes during the run as he started to heat up.
St. Olaf cut the lead to two with 4:42 left after a jumper by Nielsen but they could not get any closer than that. Martinson scored 13 of Concordia's next 15 points as the Cobbers built up a double-digit lead with under two minutes remaining. The only other Concordia basket until the final minute was a dunk by Huus.
Both teams shot the ball well as Concordia finished at 47.4 percent and the Oles hit 45.9 percent of their shots. Behind Huus' effort down low, the Cobbers held a 38-29 rebounding edge, which also led to a 23-11 advantage in second chance points. Concordia's bench outscored St. Olaf's 34-14 in large part due to Martinson's big night. St. Olaf committed a season-low five turnovers in the loss.
The Oles return to action at the Skoglund Center on Saturday when Bethel comes to town. Taylor Hall, the MIAC's leading scorer, had 35 points and 18 rebounds as Bethel defeated St. Olaf 80-66 in Arden Hills on January 5.