Concordia shuts down Midland University for sixth straight win

By on Nov. 23, 2010 in Men's Basketball

Concordia shuts down Midland University for sixth straight win

The Concordia University men’s basketball team improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play with a 69-53 win over Midland University on Tuesday evening in Fremont.  The Bulldogs used balanced scoring and a suffocating defense to pull away for the easy victory.  Midland dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Concordia jumped out to a big lead in the opening minutes of the game.  Barrett Braun (Lakeside, Calif.) hit a jumper to open the scoring.  Tyler Byrd (Bennington, Neb.) followed with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 5-0.  Ryan Shrum (Allen, Texas) then hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Concordia grabbed an 11-0 lead. 

The Bulldogs led by as many as 19 (25-6) in the opening half before Midland cut into the lead.  The Warriors trimmed the lead down to seven (28-21) with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.  Three made free throws by Sam Huebner (Aurora, Colo.) gave Concordia a 31-21 lead heading into halftime. 

Early in the second half, Midland rallied to within six at 34-28 before Concordia went on another run.  The Bulldogs used a key 18-7 run to take a 52-35 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining.  Concordia cruised the rest of the way and led by as many as 24 on multiple occasions down the stretch. 

Concordia was 20-of-46 (43.5 percent) from the field in the win.  The Bulldogs were 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from long range and 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) from the foul line.  Concordia held a 43-37 rebounding advantage. 

Byrd, this week’s GPAC Player-of-the-Week, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the way offensively for the Bulldogs.  The junior was 6-of-12 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3-point land and 3-of-4 at the foul line.  Huebner added a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Huebner was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 9-of-12 at the foul line on the night.  Shrum chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds. 

The Bulldog defense was solid once again.  Midland University was just 18-of-65 (27.7 percent) from the field.  The Warriors hit just 8-of-35 shots in the first half for 22.9 percent.  Midland connected on just 5-of-23 from deep for 21.7 percent. 

Marcus Messersmith scored 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting to pace Midland University.  Zach Rosenboom added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors. 

Concordia travels to Doane College on December 1 for an 8 pm matchup against the Tigers.