The Concordia University men’s basketball team suffered a 71-58 loss to Concordia-Chicago in the Concordia Invitational Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs dropped to 13-8 on the season with the loss.
The Bulldogs struggled offensively throughout the game, hitting 20-of-60 (33.3 percent) shots overall and just 5-of-24 shots from behind the arc for 20.8 percent. The Bulldogs totaled just seven assists compared to 12 turnovers. The rebounding battle was close, with the Bulldogs holding a slim 40-38 advantage.
The Cougars led by as many as 18 (34-16) in the opening half, using their speed to cause problems for the Bulldogs on both ends of the floor. The Cougars were 14-of-28 from the field in the opening 20 minutes and led by 12 (34-22) at halftime.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to nine on multiple occasions in the second half, but Concordia-Chicago continued to have answers. The Cougars led by double figures for the final 11 minutes of the game and settled for the 71-58 victory.
The Cougars were 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the field in the win, including 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) shooting from long range. Jeff Weberg scored a game-high 22 points to lead three players in double figures for Concordia-Chicago. Larrell Gary and Charles Gordon also reached double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Cougars.
Sam Huebner (Aurora, Colo.) had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs in the loss. Barrett Braun (Lakeside, Calif.) was the only other player in double figures with 10 points, while Charles Dunbar (Florissant, Mo.) added nine points off the bench for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will take on either Concordia-Wisconsin or Concordia-Ann Arbor in the consolation round on Saturday.