CU-Wisconsin jumped out to a 44-17 halftime lead and cruised to an 86-66 men’s basketball win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon in the consolation round of the Concordia Invitational Tournament. The Bulldogs finished 0-2 in the tournament and dropped to 13-9 on the year with the loss. The Falcons improved to 17-3 on the year with the win.
The Bulldogs were just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) overall, 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from behind the arc and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the foul line in the opening half of play. Concordia also turned it over nine times and had just one assist in the opening 20 minutes. CU-Wisconsin, on the other hand, was 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) from the field and 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) at the foul line in the opening half as they built the 44-17 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same, as CU-Wisconsin led by as many as 41 (69-28) with 13 minutes left to play. The Bulldogs were much better offensively in the second half, but the Falcons coasted to the 20-point win.
CU-Wisconsin was 29-of-63 (46 percent) from the field in the win. The Falcons were 11-of-29 (37.9 percent) from deep and 17-of-20 (85 percent) at the charity stripe. The Falcons also held a 40-33 rebounding advantage and forced 19 Bulldog turnovers on the day.
The Falcons were led by Edward Newton-Kemp’s 24 points. Luke Doedens added 16 points, while Steve Zielinski poured in 10 off the bench for CU-Wisconsin.
Following a brutal first half, the Bulldogs went 17-of-32 (53.1 percent) from the field in the second half. For the game, Concordia was 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) overall and 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs were 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) from the foul line.
Tyler Byrd (Bennington, Neb.) led the way with 15 points and six rebounds. Ryan Shrum (Allen, Texas) and Sam Huebner (Aurora, Colo.) each added 11 for the Bulldogs. Huebner was selected to the CIT All-Tournament Team.
Concordia returns to GPAC play on February 2 with a road game at Hastings College.