2007-2008 - Basketball schedule/results

10-20 Overall, 4-15 GPAC | Season Statistics

OCTOBER

Preacher Earlybird Classic:

Oct. 26

vs. Concordia Selma

St. Louis, Mo.

L 74-68

Oct. 27

vs. Concordia Seminary

St. Louis, Mo.

W 97-53

NOVEMBER

Nov 2

vs. York College

York, Neb.

L 70-65

Red Raider Classic:

Nov. 9

vs. Avila

Orange City, Iowa

W 79-64

Nov. 10

vs. St. Ambrose

Orange City, Iowa

W 66-62

Thrivent Invite:

Nov. 16

vs. Concordia Portland

Portland, Ore.

L 61-44

Nov. 17

vs. Augsburg

Portland, Ore.

W 82-75

Nov. 21

Hasting College*

Seward, Neb.

L 77-63

Nov. 24

York College

Seward, Neb.

W 89-69

Nov. 28

Doane College

Seward, Neb.

W 72-62

DECEMBER

Dec. 2

Morningside*

Sioux City, Iowa

L 84-75

Dec. 5

Nebraska Wesleyan*

Seward, Neb.

L 64-49

Dec. 8

Dakota Wesleyan*

Seward, Neb.

W 71-62

Dec. 31

Westmont

Santa Barbara, Calif. L 80-72

JANUARY

Jan. 5

Briar Cliff University*

Seward, Neb.

L 66-65

Jan. 9

No. 15 Hastings*

Hastings, Neb.

L 87-66

Jan. 12

Sioux Falls *

Sioux Falls, S.D.

L 94-85

Jan. 15

Midland Lutheran*

Seward, Neb.

W 75-69

Jan. 19

Mt. Marty College*

Yankton, S.D.

L 64-51

Jan. 23

Dana College*

Blair, Neb.

L 84-62

Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT):

Jan. 25

vs. Concordia Wisconsin

Chicago, Ill.

L 82-61

Jan. 26

vs. Concordia Ann Arbor

Chicago, Ill.

W 63-54

Jan. 29

Doane College*

Crete, Neb.

L 66-64

FEBRUARY

Feb. 2

No. 1 Morningside College*

Seward, Neb.

L 78-69 (OT)

Feb. 6

Midland College*

Fremont, Neb.

W 75-60

Feb. 9

Northwestern*

Seward, Neb.

L 87-84 (OT)

Feb. 12

Nebraska Wesleyan*

Lincoln, Neb.

L 63-56

Feb. 16

Dordt College*

Sioux Center, IA

L 84-72

Feb. 23

Dana College

Seward, Neb.

L 75-71

GPAC Tournament:

Feb. 26

vs. Univ. of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, S.D.

L 87-58

MARCH

March 1, 4

vs. TBA

Higher Seed Hosts

TBA

NAIA National Tournament:

TBA

vs. TBA

Point Lookout, Mo.

TBA

*Indicates Great Plains Athletic Conference Games
Italics Indicate Tournament Games
All Home Matches in BOLD

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2007-08 Roster

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown

Previous School

10

Brandon Schmidt

G

6-0

Jr.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

12

Tyler Bredehoeft

G

6-1

Fr.

Alma, Mo.

St. Paul Lutheran

20

Shawn Seevers

G

6-3

So.

Toyko, Japan

American School

22

Dustin Weber

G

6-3

So.

Pierce, Neb.

Pierce

24

Austin Thoms

G

6-0

So.

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Concordia Lutheran

30

Ben Wilshusen

F

6-4

Jr.

Schuyler, Neb.

Schuyler Central

32

Brian Evans

F

6-4

Fr.

Parker, Colo.

Chaparral

34

Scott Hannon

F

6-7

Sr.

York, Neb.

Univ. of Sioux Falls

40

Andy Miner

F

6-5

So.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

42

Ryan Shrum

F

6-7

Fr.

Allen, Texas

Allen

44

Benjamin Buhr

G

6-3

Sr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln East

50

Casey Schrader

F

6-5

Fr.

Seward, Neb.

Syracuse

52

Andy Banahan

P

6-8

Fr.

Steele City, Neb.

Fairbury

54

Jason Owens

P

6-6

So.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

 

Derek Groskurth

G

6-3

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

 

Connor Wilkens

F

6-7

Fr.

Hannover, N.D.

Custer-Stanton

 

Dan Zobel

G

5-11

Fr.

Steeleville, Ill.

Christ Our Savior Luth

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York takes close game from Bulldogs

2 NOV 2007

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team fell 70-65 to the York College Panthers on Friday night in non-conference action at the Freeman Center in York, Neb.

Against York the Bulldogs couldn't overcome the hot shooting of the Panterhs. York shot 52.2 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers in the win over Concordia on Friday night. In contrast, the Bulldogs hit on just 36.4 percent of their shots and were 57.1 percent from the charity stripe.

After trailing 32-28 at the break the Bulldogs pulled within two points on a pair of occasions in the second half. With 13:04 remaining in the game senior Scott Hannon drained a three to pull Concordia within 45-43.

The Bulldogs were also within two after a bucket by freshman Casey Schrader on an assist from fellow newcomer Tyler Bredehoeft at the 11:45 mark.

York responded with an 8-0 run over the next five minutes to put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs. The closest Concordia would get the rest of the way was five points.

Senior guard Benjamin Buhr led the way for a balanced Bulldog attack with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field. He sunk three of Concordia five threes on the night. 
Hannon had 14 points and nine rebounds in 34 minutes of work. Schrader also just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine boards.

Sophomore Austin Thoms added 11 points, nine coming from beyond the arc.

Three Panthers were in double figures with Brian Towner leading the way with 19 points. Dashon Jones chipped in with 16 points while Richard Wellington had 11. Jesse Anderson pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Concordia is now 1-2 overall and will take part in Red Raider Classic in Orange City, Iowa on Nov. 9 and 10 before traveling to Portland, Ore., to take part in the Thrivent Lutheran Invite on Nov. 15 and 17.

The first conference action of the season comes on Nov. 21 as the Bulldogs host Hastings College at 8 p.m.

Bulldogs sweep Avila, St. Ambrose

9-10 NOV 2007

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team picked up a pair of wins over the weekend at the Pizza Ranch Classic hosted by Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. The Bulldogs downed Avila University Eagles, 79-64, on Friday and defeated St. Ambrose, 66-62, on Saturday.

Concordia (3-2) had three players in double figures each game. Avila is now 1-1 on the year while St. Ambrose fell to 0-2, losing to preseason No.2 Northwestern on Friday.

Against Avila the Bulldogs led for the majority of the contest, but the Eagles stuck close until midway through the second half.

After leading 39-31 at half, Concordia saw their lead dwindle as Avila took a one-point lead with 12:39 remaining on a bucket by Jermone Douglas. The teams then traded leads before the Bulldogs went on a 23-6 run to put the game out of reach for Avila. During the run Concordia's Casey Schrader scored 17 points.

Schrader, a freshman from Syracuse, Neb., shot 75 percent from the field en route to 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and had a blocked shot and a steal. Senior Scott Hannon led the Bulldogs in scoring with 21, going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and grabbed eight boards. Also in double digits was senior Benjamin Buhr with 14.

As a team the Bulldogs shot 51 percent from the field and hit eight three-point field goals. Concordia was 21-of-31 from the charity stripe compared to just 12-of-21 for Avila.

On Saturday the Bulldogs led 23-10 midway through the first half before St. Ambrose cut the lead to one (27-26) with 3:22 left in the opening frame. A traditional three-point play from freshman Tyler Bredehoeft and a jumper and free throw by Hannon gave the Bulldogs a 33-28 lead at intermission.

Concordia never trailed in the second half, although St. Ambrose did tie the game at 51-51 with 6:37 remaining. The Bulldogs answered with a 12-4 run that featured eight free throws by Buhr. Of Concordia's 13 points scored during the run, 12 came via the charity stripe.

For the game the Bulldogs shot 76.5 percent from the free throw line, converting on 26-of-34 opportunities. Meanwhile St. Ambrose attempted just 15 free throws, making just eight.

Seniors Hannon and Buhr tied for game-high honors, scoring 15 points each. Buhr was 11-12 from the line. Junior Brandon Schmidt added 11 points and three steals while Schrader chipped in with 10 points. Bredehoeft and sophomore Dustin Weber came off the bench to score seven and eight points respectively.

Concordia is back in action this weekend at the Thrivent Lutheran Invite hosted by Concordia-Portland. The Bulldogs take on the host school in the opening round on Friday. All games from Portland, Ore., can be heard live on the Concordia Sports Network at www.cune.edu/athletics.

Offense struggles in loss to CU-Portland

16 NOV 2007

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team struggled to find any offensive rhythm against Concordia-Portland in the opening round of the Pacific Northwest Lutheran Invitational Tournament being in Portland, Ore. The Cavaliers downed the Bulldogs 61-44.

The Bulldogs (3-3) shot just 28 percent from the field in the first half against the Cavaliers on Friday evening.

Concordia-Portland opened up a 32-17 lead at halftime, converting on 50 percent of their shots. They also were a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line.

Despite trailing at half the Bulldogs came out with more intensity to open the second frame, going on a 9-2 run to cut the lead eight. Concordia-Portland answered with a run of their own, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly four minutes.

The Bulldogs made one final push, closing the gap to nine with 9:56 remaining in the game. But the Cavaliers again countered, using a 12-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Freshman Casey Schrader led the Bulldogs with 13 points. The only other Bulldog in double digits was senior Benjamin Buhr with 12. Schrader also added four blocked shots and five rebounds. No other Bulldog had more than four points.

The Cavaliers were led by Desmond Meray who finished with 16 points. Matt Ochs finished with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Cody Aker was two points from a double-double, finishing with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds. As a team the Cavs shot just over 44 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs take on Augsburg tomorrow in the consolation game at 4 p.m. (PST).

Buhr's threes, team free throws carry Bulldogs

17 NOV 2007

Senior Benjamin Buhr had a career-night from beyond the arc as the Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team downed the Augsburg College Auggies, 82-75, in the consolation game of the inaugural Pacific Northwest Lutheran Invitational Tournament at Cavalier Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.

The Bulldogs are now 4-3 on the season and will open conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Seward against Hastings College at 8 p.m. The Auggies fall to 1-1 on their young season.

In the first half the Auggies opened up their biggest lead of the game, eight points, with 7:08 left on a jumper by Jon Cassens. Augsburg was able to stay in front until the final five minutes of the frame, as Bulldogs went to work from beyond the arc.

With the Bulldogs trailing by six Austin Thoms started a 19-7 run by Concordia to close the half with a three pointer. After a layup by Scott Hannon, the game quickly turned into long-range shooting clinic by Buhr.

Buhr hit four three-point field goals in the Bulldogs next five possessions, including three straight to give the Bulldogs a 43-37 lead at the half. In all, Buhr had five three pointers in the first half alone.

In the second half the Auggies went to their inside game, Femi Solaga, who scored 32 points in the game, 22 in the second half. Behind the play of Solaga, Augsburg opened up a four point advantage with 7:05 remaining in the contest.

From that point on the Bulldogs made 15-of-16 free throws, and used another big three by Buhr to pull away for the win. Tied at 72, the Bulldogs came out of a timeout and ran a set play to get Buhr open for a look from long-range to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at the 3:03 mark.

In a game the featured 10 lead changes and nine ties, but Bulldogs made the most of the opportunities at the charity stripe, making 22-of-23 attempts. The Augies were just 10-of-15 from the line.

Buhr led the Bulldogs with 26 points, going 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed a team-high seven boards and was named to the all-tournament team.

Hannon was a perfect 10-for-10 at the charity stripe en route to 19 points. Freshman Casey Schrader added 13 points while junior Brandon Schmidt had nine points and was perfect in six attempts from the free throw line.

Solaja led the Auggies going 16-of-17 from the field for a game-high 32 points. He finished with a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds. Casssens chipped in with 12 points while David Olson added 10.

Bulldogs better York in second meeting

24 NOV 2007

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team spilt a pair of games during Thanksgiving week, falling to Hastings College on Wednesday, 77-63, before defeating York College, 89-69, on Saturday. Both games were played at the PE Building in Seward.

With the win on Saturday Concordia (5-4, 0-1 GPAC) avenges an early season loss to York (1-8). Hastings, receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Poll, remained undefeated at 7-0 with their win over the Bulldogs.

Against Hastings the Bulldogs had a 16-6 lead with 12:06 remaining in the first half after back-to-back-to-back threes by Austin Thoms, Benjamin Buhr and Dustin Weber. But the Broncos then went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to pull within a bucket. 

The Broncos eventually took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by 6-11 post player Bobby Kempf. Another triple by Austin Thoms pulled Concordia within three, 29-26 at the intermission. The Bulldogs wouldn't get closer then four points the rest of the game as the Broncos pushed their lead to as many 16.

On Saturday, hot shooting helped the Bulldogs to a 20-point win over the Panthers of York College. In an earlier meeting York got the better of Concordia 70-65. In that contest the Bulldogs shot just 36 percent from the field and 57 percent from the free throw line.

 In the win Concordia shot 58.9 percent from the floor and 77.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs were especially accurate in the first half, hitting 62.1 percent of their field goals.

The senior duo of Buhr and Scott Hannon led the Bulldogs, scoring 22 and 21 points respectively. Buhr was 8-of-11 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Also in double digits was freshman Tyler Bredehoeft with 10 points (3-for-3 from the floor).

In all, 10 different Bulldogs scored. Thoms finished with eight in the win after scoring 24 points in the loss to Hastings. Andy Miner came off the bench against York to grab a game-high nine rebounds to go along with six points.

The Bullldogs schedule continues this week with a home game against Doane College (Wednesday) before traveling to Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday to take on Morningside College.

Bulldogs bounce Doane, split weekend

2 DEC 2007

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team spilt a pair of games this past week, beating Doane College, 72-62 on Wednesday, before falling to Morningside College on Sunday, 84-75.

Concordia (6-5, 1-2 GPAC) was able to stay close with Morningside, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA DII Preseason Poll, but the Mustangs proved to be too much for the young Bulldog squad down the stretch.

Against the Mustangs of Morningside Concordia found themselves in a big hole to start the game, quickly falling behind 12-2. Also hampering the Bulldogs were turnovers, as they struggled to take care of the ball, finishing with 19 miscues in the game. Those 19 turnovers led to 27 points for the Mustangs.

The Bulldogs got a strong performance off the bench by sophomore guard Dustin Weber, who led all scorers in the game with 22 points. Seniors Benjamin Buhr and Scott Hannon were also in double digits with 14 and 10 points apiece.

On Wednesday, it was Weber who sparked a Concordia run that proved to be the difference in the Bulldog victory 72-62.

Despite being out-rebounded by 19 and shooting just 57.1 percent from the line the Bulldogs were able grab a 10-point win over the Tigers.

Sophomore Austin Thoms paced the Bulldogs with 20 points, 10 in each half. Andy Minor grabbed a team high eight rebounds. Scott Hannon added 19 points while Weber came off the bench for a dozen.

In contrast to Sunday, Concordia took advantage of 22 Doane turnovers, converting them into 26 points on Wednesday night.

Daone's Brett McFarland grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds to go along with 12 points. He was one of four players in double figures for the Tigers, including Dane Cruz with 15. Tyler Cyboron and Ben Streck chipped in with 10 points each.

The Bulldogs schedule continues this week with home games against Nebraska Wesleyan University (Wednesday) and Dakota Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The game on Wednesday was originally schedule for Tuesday, but was moved back a day because of the Bulldogs playing on Sunday. Both the women and men are in action on Wednesday at 6 and 8 p.m. respectively.

Bulldogs use triples to take down Tigers

8 DEC 2007

Three players scored in double digits and the Bulldogs hit 11 three-point field goals as the Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team picked up a 71-62 win over the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon in Seward, Neb.

Concordia (7-6, 2-3 GPAC) have now won two straight over the Tigers (8-4, 3-2 GPAC). Last year the Bulldogs eliminated Dakota Wesleyan from the conference tournament with a win at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.

In a game that featured just one lead change, the Bulldogs trailed early on 7-2. Concordia then went on an 11-0 run. During the rally Concordia forced three Dakota Wesleyan turnovers and had three three-point field goals, including a pair by sophomore Dustin Weber.

A tradition three-point play by senior Benjamin Buhr with 3:29 left in the first half gave Concordia its biggest lead of the half. Buhr finished the half with 14 points, 12 coming from beyond the arc, as he was 3-of-4 from three-point range.

The Bulldogs took a nine-point lead into the lockerroom at intermission, 36-27.

In the second half the Concordia lead swelled to 17 points on a pair of free throws by freshman Tyler Bredehoeft. The Tigers rallied, pulling within three, 57-54, with 7:20 left in the game on a triple by Colby Fitzgerald. Freshman Andy Banahan's jumper in the lane started an 8-0 run to push the advantage back to 11 for the Bulldogs.

Concordia made 6-of-8 free throws in the final 70 seconds to seal the win. For the game the Bulldogs were 12-of-15 from the line.

Buhr led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing with 19 points, 12 coming in the first half. Weber came off the bench to score 14 points hitting on over 50 percent of his shots for the game (5-of-9). Senior Scott Hannon chipped in with 11 points.

Junior Andy Miner, making his third start of the year, grabbed a game-high 11 boards to go along with seven points and four blocked shots.

Dakota Wesleyan had two players in double figures, led by Scott Nelson who came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 20 points. Fitzgerald added 16 points. As a team the Tigers blocked nine shots and out-rebounded the Bulldogs by two (37-35).

Bulldogs fall short against Chargers

5 JAN 2008

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team lost a heartbreaker 66-65 to the Briar Cliff Chargers on Saturday afternoon in GPAC action at the Doghouse.

Against Briar Cliff the Bulldogs couldn't overcome the points that the Chargers put up from the charity stripe. Briar Cliff attempted 24 free throws, making 16 of them, to Concordia's five attempts in the Charger victory on Saturday. Briar Cliff scored 26 of their 66 points in the paint to Concordia's 12 points down low.

The Bulldogs seemed to be fighting an uphill battle all afternoon, after Concordia jumped out to a quick 10-4 advantage, Briar Cliff seemed to control the rest of the half, taking a 37-31 lead into halftime.

Concordia was able to fight back in the second half, and took a 50-49 lead at the 9:32 mark. The Chargers responded with a 9-2 run over the next five minutes to take a commanding 60-52 lead with 3:32 remaining in the second half. The Bulldogs were not finished though, on the next two possessions senior Scott Hannon and sophomore Dustin Weber knocked down three pointers to pull within two at 60-58.

That was the closest Concordia would get until Weber sank a half court shot at the buzzer to bring the Bulldogs back within one, 66-65. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 7-8 (2-4 GPAC) as Concordia will look to pull off a big upset on Wednesday night as they head to Hastings, Neb. for an 8 p.m. match up with the Broncos who come into the game ranked #8 in the nation.

Bulldogs rise then fall against Broncos

9 JAN 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team dropped their third straight in a physical 87-66 loss to the 15th-ranked Hastings College Broncos on Wednesday night in GPAC action at the Lynn Farrell Arena in Hastings, Neb.

The Bulldogs rode a strong first half performance from senior wing Scott Hannon who had 11 points on 5-9 shooting, to a 37-32 halftime lead over the Broncos.

Concordia was able to survive a quick 6-0 run that Hastings put on coming out of the halftime break and the two teams traded baskets till the ten minute mark when the Broncos were able to drain three quick three pointers to separate themselves from the Bulldogs at 57-48. Concordia would not be able to close the gap, and the Bronco lead grew to as much as 23 before a final of 87-66.

Four Bulldogs made it into to double digits: Benjamin Buhr (14), Scott Hannon (13), Casey Schrader (12), and Tyler Bradehoeft (10). The most telling stat of the night was that the Bulldogs were sent to the free throw line 16 times to the Broncos 23 attempts. The majority of the Bulldogs free throws came in the last four minutes of the second half when both teams were playing a large majority of underclassmen.

Next action comes on Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs head north to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on the Cougars of the University of Sioux Falls in a 4 p.m. matchup.

Bulldogs drop road contest to USF

12 JAN 2008

The Concordia men's basketball team dropped a tough 94-85 loss to the University of Sioux Falls Cougars on Saturday afternoon in GPAC action at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

After trailing 39-35 at halftime the Bulldogs were able to make a surge and take a two point lead at 56-54 with 11:54 remaining in the second half. The lead was short lived as the Cougars came right back and drained a three to answer and take the lead for good as the closest the Bulldogs would come after that was six with 6:34 remaining.

Senior wing Scott Hannon led the Concordia offense with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field and hitting on 4-of-10 three pointers. Hannon also pulled down six rebounds. Senior Benjamin Buhr added 17 and Sophomore Dustin Weber contributed 14 to help spur the Bulldog scoring attack. A bright spot for the Bulldogs was that Concordia hit on 21-of-22 free throw attempts on the game.

The Cougars were led offensively by Matt Mallow who went for 22 points and eight rebounds.

Next action comes on Tuesday evening as the Bulldogs welcome the Warriors of Midland Lutheran College to the Doghouse for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

Bulldogs get back on winning track against Midland

15 JAN 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 75-69 victory over the Midland Lutheran College Warriors on Tuesday night in GPAC action at the Doghouse.

With the win the Bulldogs (8-10, 3-6 GPAC) snap a four-game losing streak. The last Concordia win came on Dec. 8 against Dakota Wesleyan. Midland (3-16, 1-8 GPAC) continues to struggle, dropping their 14th consecutive contest.

After a defensive first half that saw seven lead changes and a stretch where neither team scored in over four minutes, the Bulldogs took a slim 37-34 lead into the halftime break. Concordia came out of the intermission on a tear, getting a quick 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the second half to push the Bulldog lead to 45-34.

Concordia never trailed after that point, but the Bulldogs were also never able to separate enough from the Warriors to feel comfortable. Midland hung close and was able to cut the Concordia lead to five with :55 seconds left in the game and possession of the ball. The Bulldogs dodged a bullet when Trey Boggs missed two close range shots that would have pulled Midland within one possession of being tied. Concordia had a chance to extend their lead, but went cold at the free throw line down the stretch hitting on only 2-of-6 free throws in the final minute.

Senior wing Scott Hannon led the Bulldog offense with 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field as well as 3-of-5 from three-point land. Freshman big man Casey Schrader picked up a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Austin Thoms added 12 points of the bench.

Midland was led by senior guard Zac Gradoville with 21 points. Junior Luke Simons added 20 points, and sophomore Chad Langemeier chipped in with 10 points.

The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend, heading to Yankton, S.D., for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off against GPAC foe Mt. Marty on Saturday afternoon. 

Lancers take down Bulldogs

19 JAN 2008

The Concordia University Men's basketball dropped a tough 64-51 defeat to the Mount Marty College Lancers on Saturday afternoon at the Laddie Cimpl Arena in Yankton, S.D.

The Bulldogs (8-11, 3-7 GPAC) struggled from long-distance, going 6-for-21 on the night, as well as being out-rebound 33-20. Mount Marty (7-13, 2-6 GPAC) picked up their second consecutive conference victory after starting 0-6 in GPAC play.

After trailing 31-27 at the half, Mount Marty came out firing on all cylinders, starting the second half with a 14-2 run in the first nine minutes. The Bulldogs were not able to recover from the slow start and never cameany closer than 12 points away from the Lancers.

Freshman point guard Tyler Bredehoeft led the Bulldog offense with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Dustin Weber added 10 points for Concordia.

Mount Marty was led by Pat Anderson with 22 points, while Nathan Fischer and Stan Johnson each added 10 points for the Lancers.

The Bulldogs continue the road trip this week, heading to Blair, Neb., for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against GPAC foe Dana on Wednesday before heading to Chicago, Ill., to take part in the 54th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament.

Bulldogs fall in first round of CIT

25 JAN 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball had its rough skid continue Friday night when they took an 82-61 defeat at the hands of Concordia University, Wisconsin Falcons in the first round of the 57th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament at the Geiseman Gymnasium in River Forest, Ill.

The Bulldogs' (8-13, 3-7 GPAC) struggles with shooting continued. They were 16-for-45 Friday night from the field and 9-for-25 from three-point land.  The Dogs were also out-rebounded 46-28.

Senior guard Benjamin Buhr led the Bulldog offense with 22 points, helped by 4-of-7 shooting from three -point territory. Freshman point guard Tyler Bredehoeft pitched in with 11 points off the bench.

The Falcons were led by Steve Huenink with 21 points, and David Lipanot added 19 points for Concordia Wisconsin.

The Bulldogs will play today at 2:15 p.m. in the consolation game against Concordia University Ann Arbor. This game is a rematch of last year's championship game.

Bulldogs hang on for victory at CIT

26 JAN 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball earned a hard fought 63-54 victory over the Concordia University, Ann Arbor Cardinals in the consolation game of the 57th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament at the Geiseman Gymnasium in River Forest, Ill.

The Bulldogs' (9-13, 3-7 GPAC) used consistent play on offense as well as some senior experience to pull out a victory in a game in which they were out rebounded (34-27) and out shot (38.1%-%38.0%).

Freshman sensation Tyler Bredehoeft led all scorers with 22 points off the bench for the Bulldogs. Seniors Benjamin Buhr and Scott Hannon pitched in with 14 and 12 points respectively.

The Cardinals were led by Marquis Turley with 21 points, and Anthony Bates added 10 points for Concordia Ann Arbor.

The Bulldogs will continue their road trip on Tuesday night in Crete, Neb. with a 7:30 p.m. GPAC match up with the Tigers of Doane College.

Bulldogs earn honors at CIT

The Concordia University, Nebraska Basketball Programs earned 3 (1 men's and 2 women's) All-Tournament selections at the conclusion of the 57th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament, hosted by Concordia University, Chicago this past weekend.

Junior guard Whitney Stichka was named the women's tournament Most Valuable Player. Stichka scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field along with 3-for-4 from three point land in the Bulldogs first round game. She followed up with a game high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting that included going 1-for-2 from three point land and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. This is Stichka's second CIT most valuable player awards, she earned the honor as a freshman in the 2006 tournament held in Mequon, Wisc.

Junior guard Melissa Tinkham was also named to the all-tournament team. Tinkham led all scorers in the Bulldogs first round game with 32 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field that included being 7-of-13 from three point land as well as 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Tinkham also added six steals for the Bulldog defense. Tinkham followed up with an eight point night in the championship game.

Senior guard Benjamin Buhr was selected to the all-tournament team on the men's side. Buhr led all scorers in the Bulldogs opening round defeat, with 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field that included being 4-of-7 from three point land, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Buhr followed up with 14 points in the consolation game against CU Ann Arbor. Buhr shot %50 from the field going 5-of-10, but again perfect from the line, 4-for-4.

Both Bulldog teams will be in action this following week, the men play Tuesday night and the women play Wednesday night, with both games being played in Crete, Neb. against the Tigers of Doane  College. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Bulldogs fall at buzzer to Doane

30 JAN 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball dropped a heart breaker Tuesday, losing 66-64 to the Doane College Tigers in GPAC action at the Fuhrer Field House in Crete, Neb.

The Bulldogs' (9-14, 3-9 GPAC) once again struggled out of the gate in the first half, shooting 11-for-34 from the field and 4-for-10 from three-point land which lead to a 41-30 halftime deficit that Bulldogs had to try to dig themselves out of in the second half. The Tigers (9-12, 5-7 GPAC) picked up an all important January home victory to move back into position to host a first round GPAC tournament game.

The Bulldogs once again saw a trend of poor shooting on their end and their opponent not missing much to jump out to a big first-half lead. The largest Tiger lead came with 2:37 remaining in the first half when the Jack Lind hit on 1-of-2 free throws to put Doane up 38-21. From that point a different Concordia team took the court as the Bulldogs ended the half on a 9-3 run to cut the lead to 11 at 41-30.

The Bulldogs picked up where they left off in the first half, going starting the half on a 13-3 run in the first 8 minutes to cut the Doane lead to 44-43. Concordia took their first lead of the second half with 8:53 remaining, when sophomore Dustin Weber hit a step-back three pointer to put the Bulldogs up 49-47. The two teams traded buckets and the lead until the 3:55 mark. After a Casey Schrader miss Doane's Dane Cruz found Kolby Hamilton with a spectacular pass for a lay in while a foul was called on Schrader. Hamilton converted on the three-point play to put the Tigers up 5 at 60-55.

After both teams turned the ball over on offense Weber came off a screen and drained a three from deep behind the arc to pull the Bulldogs within two with 2:28 remaining. The Tigers responded as they had all game when Cruz drove the length of the court for a quick lay in. The Bulldogs moved quickly up the court and after Scott Hannon missed on a three point attempt, freshman Andy Banahan out-muscled the Tiger defense for the offensive rebound and scored the putback to pull Concordia back within a bucket.

Doane looked to seal the game when Ben Streck pulled up for a wide open three point attempt but after a scramble freshman Tyler Bredehoeft took the ball coast to coast un contested to tie the game at 62-62 with just over a minute left remaining. On the next possession Doane was able to isolate Hamilton on Banahan and with a spin move Hamilton was able to draw a foul and head to free throw line with :54. Hamilton converted on both free throws to give the Tigers the led. On the ensuing inbounds play Bredehoeft drove to the basket and made an acrobatic lay in with three Doane defenders draped on his back.

With :44 remaining in the ball game Doane set up their half court offense and the Bulldog defense looked to be holding until Cruz came off a double screen and knocked down a 15 foot jump shot with :09 to put the Tigers up 66-64. Bredehoeft pushed the ball up the court and was able to find senior Benjamin Buhr to a wide open three point attempt at the buzzer, but Buhr's attempt rimmed out as the game ended.

Concordia was led on the night by Weber with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting that all came from three-point land. Weber added 3-of-5 shooting from the free throw line. Buhr contributed with 14 points and Bredehoeft added 10 points off the bench for the Bulldogs.

The Tigers were led by Dane Cruz with 23 points, and Tyler Cyboron added 14 points for Doane.

The Bulldogs will make their way back to the Doghouse for a 4 p.m. GPAC match up with the Morningside College Mustangs on Saturday, February 2.

Bulldogs power past Warriors

15 JAN 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team picked up a 75-60 victory over the Midland Lutheran College Warriors on Wednesday evening in GPAC action at the MLC Event Center in Fremont, Neb.

The Bulldogs (10-15, 4-10 GPAC) powered through the victory, riding the momentum gained from taking Morningside, the No. 1 team in the country, into overtime Feb. 2.  Midland (3-22, 1-14 GPAC) continues to struggle, dropping their 20th consecutive game.

The Bulldogs' senior forward, Scott Hannon, led all scorers with 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting that included going 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Austin Thoms contributed 17 points for the Bulldogs off the bench.

Midland was led offensively by Zac Gradoville with 15 points. Luke Simons added 14 points for the Warriors.

The Bulldogs will host the No. 19 Northwestern College Red Raiders Saturday afternoon in GPAC action at the Doghouse beginning at 4 p.m. 

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Red Raiders get the best of Bulldogs in OT

9 FEB 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team dropped another heart breaker, falling 87-84 in overtime to the Northwestern College Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon in GPAC action at the Doghouse.

The Bulldogs came out of the gate continuing their hot shooting jumping out to a 10 point lead before taking an eight point halftime lead at 39-31.

The two teams came out after halftime and played even basketball until the 6 minute mark of the half, when the tide turned for the Bulldogs. Leading 68-58 the Concordia offense went cold. Northwestern took advantage going on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to tie the game at 70-70 with one minute remaining.

The Bulldogs set up their offense with under a minute remaining and with: 20 seconds remaining, freshman Tyler Bredehoeft drove to the lane and hit an off balance runner, to put the Bulldogs up 72-72. Northwestern brought the ball across half court and called a time out to set up their offense with :12. Senior Curt Schilling held the ball at the top of the key for the Red Raiders and drove the lane with: 02 remaining hit a left handed lay up to send the game to overtime.

In the overtime period the Bulldogs again held a lead with 2:00 remaining at 80-76, Northwestern showed their experience and surged back going on a 7-0 run to take a 83-80 lead. The closest the Bulldogs would get was with :03 remaining and Concordia trailing by three, Brian Evans stole the inbounds pass and had an open three pointer and the buzzer but it fell short.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 10-16 and 4-11 in the GPAC while the win moves the Red Raiders to 20-4 and 11-3 in conference play.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Scott Hannon with 29 points while Bredehoeft contributed 17 points of the Bench for Concordia.

Northwestern was led by Curt Schilling with 24 points, Kale Wiertzema added 14 points and five rebounds for the Red Raiders.

The Bulldogs will next head to Lincoln, Neb. for a Tuesday evening match up with the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m.

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Hannon earns GPAC player of the week honors

Scott Hannon of Concordia University, Nebraska has been honored as the Great Plains Athletic Conference/Hauff Mid-America Sports men's basketball player-of-the-week for games played in the week of February 3-10, 2008. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2007-2008 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hannon, a 6-7 senior from York, Nebraska, averaged 27.5 points per game as Concordia went 1-1 on the week. For the week he made 15-30 field goals and 23-26 free throws. Concordia will play at Nebraska Wesleyan on Tuesday night in a 7:30PM contest.

Slow offensive night hampers Bulldogs

12 FEB 2008

Three players scored in double digits, but the Bulldogs comeback attempt failed and the Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team suffered 54-66 conference loss to the Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves at the Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

Concordia (10-17, 4-12 GPAC) were able to take an early 5-4 lead but the Prairie Wolves would retake the lead and never look back. Nebraska Wesleyan (13-9, 7-8 GPAC) moves themselves into the position of hosting a first round conference tournament game.

After trailing by seven at the half, 28-21, the Bulldogs fell behind by as many as 11 in the second half before going on an 11-4 run to cut the deficit too two but that would be the closest Concordia would get as the Prairie Wolves would continue to make their free throws to pull away for the eight point victory.

The Bulldogs struggled to find an offensive rhythm as the night went on, shooting only 32.7% from the field for the evening.

Concordia was led offensively by Dustin Weber with 16 points, while Scott Hannon added 15 points and seven rebounds. Benjamin Buhr also went into double digits with 13 points for the Bulldogs.

Nebraska Wesleyan was paced by Marcus Minzel who fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Concordia will next be in action on Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs head to Sioux Center, Iowa to take on the Dordt College Defenders in GPAC action beginning at 4 p.m.

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Bulldogs road woes continue versus Dordt

16 FEB 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team's end of season drought continued with an 84-72 defeat at the hands of the Dordt College Defenders at the Dewitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Bulldogs' (10-18, 4-13 GPAC) have now dropped five of their last six and eight of their last ten. Dordt (18-8, 12-4 GPAC) is on the opposite track, winning five of their last six.

Concordia led early at 5-4 but Dordt would then go on 9-0 run and never look back, the closest the Bulldogs would get the rest of the game would be 12 points.

Senior guard Benjamin Buhr led the Bulldog offense with 21 points, helped by 4-of-9 shooting from three-point territory. Scott Hannon contributed with 17 points, while freshman wing Ryan Shrum added 15 points off the bench for Concordia.

The Defenders were led by Logan Kingma with 28 points, and Brian Eekhoff added 17 points for Dordt.

The Bulldogs will take the week and recover before welcoming the Dana College Vikings for a 2 p.m. GPAC match up on Saturday, February 23. This will be the final regular season home game for the Bulldogs as well as senior day.

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Vikings turn back Bulldog comeback attempt

16 FEB 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team ended the regular season with a 75-71 loss to the Dana College Vikings at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

The Bulldogs (10-19, 4-14 GPAC) end the regular season on rough skid, losing eight of their last ten. Dana (14-16, 7-11 GPAC) finishes the regular season on a high note winning three of their last five.

Concordia fell behind early and the Dana lead ballooned to as many as ten points before the Bulldogs went on a 11-0 run to take a 34-33 lead with 1:27 left in the first half. The Bulldogs would increase the led to 36-34 on an Andy Banahan lay in before lighting struck for the Vikings. With the shot clock running out Dana center Jon Person threw up a prayer from three feet behind the three point arc that hit nothing but net to give the Vikings a 37-36 lead at halftime.

The two teams would match each other with offensive runs with Dana jumping out to a seven point lead and Concordia matching it cutting the lead to two. With Dana leading 63-60, senior Scott Hannon drove the lane and kicked the ball out to a wide open Tyler Bredehoeft who drained the deep three to tie the ballgame at 63-63 with 4:46 remaining. Lighting would strike twice for the Vikings. Dana came out of a time out when, leading 65-63 with seven seconds on the shot clock, Eric Maassen's jumper fell short but he tracked down his own rebound. Maassen was able to throw it out to Person who again drained a deep three to put the nail in the coffin for the Bulldogs at 68-63. The lead proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to bounce back from as the Vikings hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 75-71 win.

Senior guard Benjamin Buhr led the Bulldog offense with 21 points, helped by 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Hannon contributed with 14 points, and Bredehoeft finished with 12 points off the bench for Concordia.

The Vikings were led by Maassen with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Doug Huston added 10 points for Dana.

The Bulldogs will now head into the GPAC post season tournament as the No. 10 seed to take on the No. 7 seed University of Sioux Falls Cougars on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Cougars end Bulldogs' season in first round defeat

23 FEB 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team's season came to a close Tuesday night with an 87-58 first round GPAC tournament loss to the No. 7 seed University of Sioux Falls Cougars at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Bulldogs started the first half with very cold shooting from field as it took Concordia five minutes before the first field goal was made when freshman point guard Tyler Bredehoeft sunk a three pointer. By that time the Cougars had jumped out to a commanding lead at 15-6. Sophomore Austin Thoms followed that up with a three pointer of his own, before Bredehoeft struck again with a floater in the lane to cut the Cougar lead to four.

Sioux Falls would again go on a run to push their lead to as many as eight before the Bulldogs would go on a 8-2 run over the last 3:08 topped off by a three pointer by senior guard Benjamin Buhr that tied the game at 33-33, but with :04 seconds remaining Cougar guard Matt Malloy snuck through the Bulldog defense to hit a leaner in the lane as the first half came to a close giving Sioux Falls a 35-33 halftime lead.

The second half started much the same as the first half did as the Cougars came storming out of the intermission going on a 15-4 run to push their lead to 13 in the first four minutes and Sioux Falls would not look back from their. The Bulldogs had held Sioux Falls leading scorer Tut Yual to two points in the first half but Yual took over in the second half scoring 14 points as well as pulling down seven rebounds. Yual's second half performance led to the Bulldogs being out rebound by the Cougars 52-35 that included 15 offensive rebounds.

Concordia was led offensively by Buhr with 18 points while Bredehoeft scored 14 points and was the leading rebounder with five for the Bulldogs off the bench.

Yual led the Cougars with 16 points and 12 rebounds along with four other players who scored in double digits: Jesse Huser (16), Matt Mallow (14), Adam Herther (14), and Cedric Seefeldt (12).

The Bulldogs end the season 10-20 and 4-13 in the GPAC and will look to rebound in 2008 as many underclassmen saw significant playing time throughout the season.

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MBB: Three earn honors for Bulldogs

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team has placed three players on the 2007-08 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) All-Conference Team. The list, released last week, consists of 10 first-team members, 10 second-team members and an honorable mention list.

Senior Scott Hannon (York, Neb.) headlines the Bulldogs earning honors, being named to the second-team. It is the second consecutive season Hannon has been named to the second team.

Others earning honors included senior guard Benjamin Buhr and freshman Tyler Bredehoeft who were tabbed as honorable mention selections.

Hannon was the second leading scorer for Concordia. The 6-7 forward was a threat inside and out for the Bulldogs, averaging 14.4 points per game. He also pulled down 150 boards and hit 38 three-point field goals on the season

Buhr (Lincoln, Neb.) led the Bulldogs from beyond the arc, hitting 68 three-point baskets on the season while averaging 14.6 points. For his career Buhr has hit 243 field goals from long range. 

Bredehoeft (Alma, Mo.) was the spark off the bench for the Bulldogs, averaging 8.6 points per game. Bredehoeft was also one of the top threats from deep for Concordia hitting on 37 percent of his three point attempts.

MBB: Two earn scholar athlete honors

The 2007-08 Division I & II Men's Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes have been announced with over 135 student-athletes recognized with this prestigious honor. In order to be a recipient of the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award, one must fulfill these requirements: the recipient must be a junior or above in academic standing; has been in attendance at the nominating institution a minimum of one full year of attendance; has a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of nomination at the nominating institution; has been certified as eligible. Concordia University, Nebraska had two players named NAIA Academic All-Americans, Senior Benjamin Buhr and Junior Andy Miner.

Buhr, a senior business administration major from Lincoln, Neb., will graduate in May. He was also an Academic All-American following the 2006-07 season. Buhr led the Bulldogs from beyond the arc, hitting 68 three-point baskets during the season while averaging 14.6 points. For his career Buhr has hit 243 field goals from long range. 

Miner, a junior pre-med major from Seward, Neb., was the spark off the bench for the Bulldogs pulling down 88 rebounds as the third leading rebounder for Concordia with 2.9 boards per game. This is Miner's first Academic All-American selection.