2008-2009 - Basketball schedule/results

20-12 Overall, 10-8 GPAC | Season Statistics


York Tournament:

Oct. 31

vs. Mayville State

York, Neb.

W 83-67


Nov. 1

vs. York College

York, Neb.

W 74-57

Nov. 6

Concordia Seminary

St. Louis, Mo.

W 85-44

Nov. 7

St. Mary's (Kan.)

Leavenworth, Kan.

L 84-82

Nov. 8

Hannibal LaGrange

Hannibal, Mo.

W 60-51

Nov. 12

St. Mary's (Kan.)

Seward, Neb.

W 78-69

Nov. 21

York College

Seward, Neb.

W 88-59

Nov. 25

Hastings College*

Hastings, Neb.

W 61-59


Dec. 3

Doane College*

Crete, Neb.

W 56-50

Dec. 6


Seward, Neb.

W 61-56

Dec. 10

Nebraska Wesleyan*

Lincoln, Neb.

W 47-40

Dec. 14

Dakota Wesleyan*

Mitchell, S.D.


Grand Canyon Classic:

Dec. 29

vs. Westminster

Mesa, Ariz..

L 78-49

Dec. 30

vs. Daemen

Mesa, Ariz..

L 75-70


Jan. 4

Briar Cliff University*

Sioux City, Iowa

L 76-73

Jan. 7


Seward, Neb.

W 79-61

Jan. 10

Sioux Falls *

Seward, Neb.

W 82-74 (OT)

Jan. 14

Midland Lutheran*

Fremont, Neb.

W 81-73

Jan. 17

Mt. Marty College*

Seward, Neb.

L 78-68

Jan. 20

Dana College*

Seward, Neb.

W 71-63

Jan. 24

Morningside College*

Sioux City, Iowa

L 79-76

Jan. 28

Doane College*

Seward, Neb.

W 64-57

Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT):
see also:
 complete tournament web page, bracket

Jan. 30

vs. Concordia Chicago

Seward, Neb.

W 87-66

Jan. 31

vs. Concordia Wisconsin

Seward, Neb.

W 61-60


Feb. 3

Midland College*

Seward, Neb.

W 59-53

Feb. 7


Orange City, Iowa

L 79-69

Feb. 11

Nebraska Wesleyan*

Seward, Neb.

L 66-59

Feb. 14

Dordt College*

Seward, Neb.

L 56-54

Feb. 18 

Dakota Weselyan*

Mitchell, S.D. L 75-68

Feb. 21

Dana College*

Blair, Neb.

L 89-65

GPAC Tournament:

Feb. 24

vs. Mt. Marty

Seward, Neb.

W 60-54

Feb. 26

vs. Briar Cliff

Sioux City, Iowa W 101-97 (OT)
Feb. 28

vs. Dakota Wesleyan

Mitchell, S.D. L 83-64

NAIA National Tournament:


vs. TBA

Point Lookout, Mo.



2008-09 Roster







Previous School


Dusan Veselinovic




Belgrade, Serbia

Montana Tech


Tyler Bredehoeft




Alma, Mo.

St. Paul Lutheran


Tyler Byrd




Bennington, Neb.



Ryan Nathan




Newman Grove, Neb.

Newman Grove


Dustin Weber




Pierce, Neb.



Kendal Bender




Humphrey, Neb.

Humphrey St. Francis


Brian Evans




Parker, Colo.



Craig Gertsch




Lincoln, Neb.

Garden City CC


Andy Miner




Seward, Neb.



Ryan Shrum




Allen, Texas



Sam Huebner




Aurora, Colol

Smoky Hill


Casey Schrader




Seward, Neb.



Andy Banahan




Steele City, Neb.



Nathan Bacon




Overton, Neb.



Matthew Buchholz




Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City Lutheran


Preston Harris




Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln High


Chris Kosberg




Anthem, Ariz.

Valley Lutheran


Brandon Schmidt




Seward, Neb.



Adam Schoedel




St. Charles, Mo.

St. Charles Lutheran


Dan Zobel




Steeleville, Ill.

Christ Our Savior Luth.


Ben Otte




Columbus, Ind.


Coaching staff

Head coach: Grant Schmidt

Assistant coach: Anthony Ellis 

Bulldogs go 2-1 on road trip

6-8 NOV 2008

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team bagged a pair of victories and one loss during its recent three-game road swing.

The Bulldogs began the trip on Thursday against Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. The Bulldogs dispatched the Preachers 85-44. Concordia then traveled to Leavenworth, Kan., to take on University of St. Mary. The Spires handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season, 84-82.

On Saturday the Bulldogs would head back to state of Missouri to take on Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal. Concordia notched a 60-51 victory over the Trojans. Senior Dusan Veselinovic led the Bulldogs, registering a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, and teammate Tyler Bredehoeft added 17 points toward the win.

The Bulldogs, now 4-1 on the season, return to Seward, Neb., for their home opener and a chance to avenge the one blemish on their record. The University of St. Mary Spires make their way to the Doghouse for a rematch on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Bulldogs take two at Cornerstone Invitational

31 OCT-1 NOV 2008

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team got off to a 2-0 start on its season at the Cornerstone Classic hosted by York College in York, Neb., this past weekend.

The new-look Bulldogs, starting three newcomers, jumped out to a quick 41-28 halftime lead in their game Friday evening against Mayville State (N.D) and cruised to a 83-67 victory. Sophomore Tyler Bredehoeft hit 5-of-7 three-point attempts and was the scoring leader for the Bulldogs with 23 points. Freshman Tyler Byrd added 19 points.

The Bulldogs returned Saturday afternoon to take on host York College.  Concordia won 74-57, but the Bulldogs also struggled through early season growing pains.  Concordia sank only 7-of-20 three point attempts and turned the ball over 10 times.

Against York, Bredehoeft again led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field. Senior Dusan Veselinovic was 8-of-18 shooting for a total of 17 points. Sophomore Sam Huebner added 13 points and his eight rebounds led the team.

The Bulldogs' next three games take place on a road swing to Missouri and Kansas.  Concordia travels first to St. Louis, Mo., for a game against Concordia Seminary on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs then head to Leavenworth, Kan., to take on St. Mary's on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday Concordia returns to Hannibal, Mo., for a game against Hannibal LaGrange at 6 p.m.

Bredehoeft scores 22, leads Bulldogs past Spires

12 NOV 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team avenged a two-point loss from last week to the University of St. Mary Spires with a 78-69 victory Wednesday night at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

The lead changed hands multiple times before Concordia was able to take a four-point lead, 36-32, into halftime.

The Spires kept the Bulldogs close until the 15:10 mark of the second half when Concordia went on a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to extend their lead to 17,57-40, on the strength of baskets by Tyler Bredehoeft, Dusan Veslinovic, and Sam Huebner.

Despite struggling from behind the arc, going just 4-of-16 from three-point range, Concordia did hit 50 percent of their field goal opportunities (28-of-56). The major difference in the game was second chance points as the Bulldogs had 17 while St. Mary's had just two.

Concordia was led offensively by Bredehoeft with 22 points as three other Bulldogs also scored in double digits: Veselinovic (16), Ryan Shrum (13), and Huebner (12). Veselinovic led the Bulldogs on the boards with eight rebounds.

St. Mary's was led by the duo of Carvelle Taylor with 27 points and Mike Sylvara with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 5-1 overall while the loss drops St. Mary's to 4-2 overall. The next action for Concordia comes on Nov. 21 as the Bulldogs welcome the York College Panthers to the Doghouse with tipoff set for 7 p.m.

Panthers fall to Bulldogs for second time

21 NOV 2008

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team downed the York College Panthers, 88-59, on Friday night in non-conference action at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

It was the second win in as many meetings for the Bulldogs over York on the young season, as Concordia bettered the Panthers 74-57 on Nov. 1, in York.

Early on York kept things close, but Concordia broke free from an eight all tie with five straight points, back-to-back buckets and a free throw, from senior Dusan Veselinovic. The Bulldog advantage swelled to 17, 44-27, at halftime.

Concordia spent the majority of the first half at the charity stripe, converting on 17-of-23 attempts. In addition, Andy Miner came off the bench in the first half to provide a spark, grabbing 10 rebounds in the opening frame.

Hot shooting carried the Bulldogs in the second half as York was never to cut the lead to less than 14 points. Concordia shot a blistering 75 percent (18-of-24) from the field in the second frame.

Veselinovic and Dustin Weber led the way for a balanced Bulldog attack, each finishing with 17 points. Veselinovic went 7-of-11 from the field in 22 minutes of action, while Weber was 5-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Tyler Bredehoeft chipped in with nine points and six rebounds. In all, 12 different Bulldogs scored.

Miner was a bucket shy of a double-double, finishing with eight points and a game-high 13 boards, helping Concordia dominate the glass, 44-20.

Two Panthers were in double figures with Dashon Jones leading the way with 21 points and six rebounds. John Bryan chipped in with 13 points. York falls to 0-7 on the season.

Concordia is now 6-1 overall and open conference play this coming Tuesday as they travel to Hastings, Neb., to take on the Hastings College Broncos at 8 p.m.

Late free throws lift Bulldogs past Broncos

25 NOV 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team picked up a memorable, all important GPAC road victory, besting the Hastings College Broncos 61-59 on Tuesday evening at Lynn Farrell Arena in Hastings, Neb.

The two teams failed to pull away from each other with Hastings using a three pointer by Derek Fletcher at the first half buzzer to take a one point lead to halftime, 32-31.

Offensive struggles continued for both sides in the second half with neither able to capitalize on mistakes by the other side, resulting in a tie, 57-57, with just over a minute remaining in the second half.

After a timeout the Hastings defense swarmed the Bulldogs' Kendall Bender, forcing an errant pass and an odd man rush. The Broncos took a timeout to set a play. Out of the timeout the Concordia defense forced Waid Vontz to take an errant three-point shot that fell short of the rim. But Jeremiah Slough was en route to the basket, caught the ball in stride and he kept his composure to put up a turnaround jumper for Hastings to give them the lead.

The Bulldogs raced down the court, and Tyler Bredehoeft wasted little time taking the ball hard to the basket, laying it high off the backboard to tie the game, 59-59. Hastings had a chance to hold for the final shot, but with five seconds remaining Vontz lost possession of the ball while attempting to draw a foul. Concordia's Bender threw a lob pass ahead to Sam Huebner who raced to attempt the game winning shot, but Huebner was fouled by Slough with just 1.2 seconds remaining.

Huebner hit both free throws, granting Concordia a 61-59 advantage. A last second, full-length court pass was knocked down, giving the Bulldogs the victory.

Bredehoeft led all scorers with 26 points while Dusan Veselinovic added 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs while Derek Fletcher led the Broncos with 11 points.

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC while the loss drops the Broncos to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the GPAC. Concordia will take the Thanksgiving holiday weekend off before returning to take on the Doane College Tigers on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in Crete, Neb.

Bulldogs declaw Tigers

3 DEC 2008

On Wednesday the Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team avenged a 2007-08 road loss to Doane College with a 56-50 victory over the Tigers in Crete, Neb.

A slow night for offense led to a 22-21 lead for the Tigers at halftime and Doane also led for the majority of the second half.  Under four minutes remained in the second half when Tyler Bredehoeft tied the game at 48-48 with two free throws. In the final minutes, the Bulldogs were able to declaw the Tigers, allowing only two Doane points for the remainder of the game. 

Bredehoeft, Dusan Veselinovic, and Casey Schrader all had baskets for the Bulldogs down the stretch to give the Bulldogs their six-point victory. Veselinovic led Concordia in scoring with 19 while Bredehoeft chipped in with 16 points. Jack Lind led the Tigers with 12 points.

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the GPAC, the best start of any Concordia team since 2004-05 when the Bulldogs started the season 13-0 and advanced all the way to the NAIA Div. II National Championship game. The loss drops the Tigers to 6-6 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC.

Concordia now sets its sights on No. 10-ranked Morningside College. The Mustangs make their way to the Doghouse in Seward, Neb., for a 6 p.m. game Saturday, Dec. 6.

Bender sparks Bulldog upset over Mustangs

6 DEC 2008

Concordia's men's basketball team took a large step towards regaining its place as force in the GPAC by defeating No. 10 Morningside College 61-56 at the Doghouse Saturday in Seward, Neb.

Concordia shot especially well in the first half, hitting 62.5 percent from the field compared to Morningside's 29.6 percent, and by the end of the first frame, the Bulldogs were up by 12, 35-27. The Bulldogs then maintained a cushion of about 10 points and appeared to have the game clearly in hand until things grew interesting with 2:40 remaining in the second half.

The Bulldogs lost possession of the ball when the Mustangs' Craig Doty stole an inbounds pass and took it the length of the court for an easy layup. After a Bulldog timeout the Mustangs' Doty again stole the inbounds pass and hit an easy layup, a shot that cut the Bulldog lead to six, 59-53.

With under a minute to play the Mustangs forced an errant pass from the Bulldogs' Dusan Veselinovic. Morningside's Seth Aktins was then able to drive to the basket and hit his shot while being fouled. After the free throw, the Bulldogs' lead was down to three, 59-56. The Bulldogs again turned the ball over but Tyler Bredehoeft stole the ball from the Morningside guard.  Bredehoeft missed his layup attempt, but the Bulldogs' Kendal Bender was quick to grab the offensive rebound and retreat with possession. Bender was then fouled and hit both of his free throws to ice the game.

Bender led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points while Veslinovic and Weber each added 11 points for Concordia. Morningside was led by Mitch Carstens with 16 points, and Nick Thompsen added 15.

The win keeps the Bulldogs perfect in the GPAC at 3-0 while moving their overall record to 9-1. The Mustangs drop to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC.

Concordia travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Bulldogs win defensive battle over NWU

10 DEC 2008

Defense was the name of the game Wednesday night as the 17th-rankedConcordia University, Nebraska Bulldogs held off the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves 47-40 in GPAC action at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

Concordia took a 31-27 lead into halftime powered by hitting on 7-of-11 free throw attempts. Coming out of halftime the two teams turned up the defensive pressure even tighter.  Only two points were scored in the first six minutes of the second half. The Prairie Wolves were able to cut the lead to 1, 35-34, with 7:23 remaining.

On the ensuing possession Ryan Shrum put up a 3-pointer from in front of the Bulldog bench and got a shooter's roll to take Concordia's lead back to four, 38-34.

Nebraska Wesleyan's 3-pointer to answer rimmed out and was controlled by Concordia. In transition Shrum then hit Sam Huebner in stride behind the Prairie Wolves last defender. Huebner went up strong with a two-handed dunk while being fouled from behind sending the Bulldog faithful into a frenzy. Huebner connected on the following free throw to give Concordia a 41-34 lead with 5:22 remaining.

A pair of Bulldog turnovers allowed Nebraska Wesleyan to quickly cut the lead to three after a successful free throw by Lee Hullman. Hullman then missed his second attempt but the Prairie Wolves Ryan Thramer pulled down the offensive rebound. With a chance to tie the game, Nebraska Wesleyan's Brandon Arp missed a three-point attempt. The Bulldogs' Tyler Bredehoeft then hit two free-throws and a jumper in the lane to ice the game for Concordia down the stretch.

Bredehoeft led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points while Dusan Veselinovic added 12 points and nine rebounds. Casey Schrader led the defense with five blocks while the Bulldogs as a team amassed eight rejections. Dylan Aylward was the only Nebraska Wesleyan player to reach double digits with 12 points.

The victory keeps the Bulldogs perfect in GPAC play at 4-0 as Concordia moves to 10-1 overall. The Bulldogs, off to their best start in years, have now equaled last season's win total overall and in GPAC play. Nebraska Wesleyan drops to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC.

Concordia travels to Mitchell, S.D., for a rare Sunday matchup with the Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

Dakota Wesleyan games rescheduled

5 DEC 2008

The Concordia at Dakota Wesleyan basketball doubleheader that was postponed Sunday because of winter weather will be made up on Wednesday, Feb. 18. 

This was a mutual bye date for both schools on the schedule.  The women's game will be at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.

Westminster upends Bulldogs

29 DEC 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team ran into a buzz saw in the form of Westminster College (Utah) on Monday, suffering a 78-49 defeat at the Grand Canyon Classic in Mesa, Ariz.

Westminster came into the game ranked No. 6 in NAIA Div. I and showed their dominance early. The Griffins flew to a 39-9 lead within the first 15 minutes and at the half the score stood at 46-20. The 26-point deficit was the closest the Bulldogs would get to Westminster as the Griffins would cruise to a 29-point victory.

The Bulldogs struggled to find offense the entire evening but did have two players finish the game in double digits: Dusan Veselinovic with 12 points and Tyler Bredehoeft with 11.

The loss drops Concordia to 10-2. The Bulldogs have one more chance to bring home a win from Mesa when they play Daemen College (N.Y.) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Strong second half spurs Daemen past Bulldogs

30 DEC 2008

The Concordia University men's basketball team struggled shooting Tuesday night in a 75-70 defeat at the hands of Daemen College (N.Y.) in the final game of the Tripp Sports Classic in Mesa, Ariz.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-point lead, 55-40, after a 3-pointer by freshman Tyler Byrd with 11:48 remaining in the second half before Daemen began its come back. Over the next nine minutes Daemen outscored the Bulldogs 28-13 to tie the game at 68. Concordia made just one more field goal down the stretch while Daemen sank its shots to ice the game.

Concordia's offense struggled to find a rhythm as the Bulldogs turned the ball over 25 times and hit on just 3-of-13 3-point field goal attempts in the second half.

Dustin Weber led the Bulldogs with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting while Tyler Bredehoeft chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 10-3 as they prepare to head to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on the Briar Cliff Chargers on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Bulldogs rally late but fall at Briar Cliff

4 JAN 2009

A 16-5 run by Briar Cliff to begin the game was too much for the Concordia men's basketball team to overcome Sunday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa. Concordia took a 76-73 loss to the Chargers, all the Bulldog comeback bids falling short.

After jumping out to a 16-5 lead six minutes into the game, Briar Cliff would push its advantage to as many as 17 points en route to a 43-28 halftime lead.

The Chargers held on to a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half until Concordia was able to cut that down to five multiple times. Each time the Bulldogs would cut into the lead, however, the Chargers responded. The closest the Bulldogs would get to was three points when Tyler Bredehoeft hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Bredehoeft led all Concordia scorers with 22 points, 14 of those coming in the second half. Ryan Shrum added 19 points and Dustin Weber added 13 for the Bulldogs. Five players hit double digits for Briar Cliff with Kyle Semperini leading the way with 20 points.

The loss, the third in the row for the Bulldogs, drops Concordia to 4-1 in the GPAC and 10-4 overall. The win moves Briar Cliff to 5-1 in the GPAC and 13-3 overall.

Concordia returns home to play Wednesday, Jan. 7, when the Bulldogs welcome the Hastings College Broncos to the Doghouse.  Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Bulldogs right ship against Broncos

7 JAN 2009

The Bulldogs established some dominance in the GPAC south with a 79-61 victory over the Hastings College Broncos Wednesday night at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

With a 17-9 run to open the game, the Bulldogs never relinquished the lead and cruised out to a 39-30 halftime lead. Concordia's offense was fueled by the hot shooting of Dustin Weber and Ryan Shrum who had 13 and nine points respectively at the intermission.

In the second half the Broncos were able to cut the Concordia lead to single digits at the nine minute mark, 59-50, but would not draw any closer. The Bulldogs would use a 13-2 run to finish off Hastings and extend their lead to as many 21.

Weber finished the game as the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 17 points. Concordia's Dusan Veselinovic added 16 points and Shrum finished the game with 13. Kyle Wamsley led the Broncos with 13 points.

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in the GPAC.  The Broncos drop to 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the GPAC.

Concordia sets its sights now on the Cougars of Sioux Falls who make their way to the Doghouse for a 4 p.m. meeting on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Bulldogs outlast Cougars

10 JAN 2009

The Concordia University men's basketball team survived a strange 82-74 overtime victory against the University of Sioux Falls Cougars Saturday afternoon at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb. Concordia came into the game receiving votes in the latest NAIA national poll.

The Bulldogs used a stifling defense to muscle their way to a 35-23 halftime lead. The second half was nearly a repeat of the first until the 2:35 mark when the Cougars caught fire and the Bulldogs' free throw shooting went cold.  After a pair of free throws by the Cougars' Matt Malloy, Concordia's Ryan Shrum missed on his pair from the charity stripe. Malloy then hit a runner in the lane to cut the deficit to nine, 60-51, with 1:28 on the clock.

Concordia then threw away the inbound pass and Sioux Falls found new life when the Cougars' Gerad Van Leur hit a layup to cut the lead to seven, 60-53. Concordia pushed the lead back to eight when Tyler Bredehoeft hit on the front end of a double bonus. Cougar guard Adam Herther, wide open in the corner, then took a pass from Van Luer and drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to five, 61-56.

Dustin Weber then went to the line.  He hit on the back end of a pair of free throws to bring the Bulldog lead back to six. Sioux Falls' Cedric Seefeldt then hit a 3-pointer after racing the length of the court to close the lead to 62-59 with just 38 seconds remaining. With 15 seconds on the clock Ryan Shrum hit just one of two free throws to give Concordia a four point advantage, 65-61. Malloy then beat Concordia to the other end and was fouled while hitting a layup. Malloy connected on his free throw and Sioux Falls, behind by 10 points for most of the game, was now within one, 65-64.

Tyler Bredehoeft was fouled and stood at the line with a chance to bring the lead back to three.  His first free throw attempt rimmed out. After sinking the second, Sioux Falls' TJ Nettles raced the length of the court and, with two tenths of a second remaining, went to the rim and was fouled by Shrum. Nettles then sank both to send the game into overtime.

The overtime frame, to the Bulldogs' advantage, was anticlimactic.  After a defensive stop, Shrum spotted up from the wing and hit nothing but nylon from long range to give Concordia the lead 69-66, a lead Concordia would not surrender. In overtime the Bulldogs outpaced the Cougars 16-8 and would leave the court with an 82-74 win.

Six players, two for Concordia and four for Sioux Falls, fouled out of the game. The two teams also combined to shoot 85 free throw attempts. Concordia hit on 38-of-55 while Sioux Falls went 21-of-30.

Weber led the Bulldogs in scoring with 28 points and Bredehoeft added 20 points. Herther and Van Leur led the Cougars with 15 points apiece.

Concordia moves to 11-4 overall with the win and 5-1 in the GPAC. Sioux Falls slips to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC.

Concordia travels to Fremont next to play Midland Lutheran College. The Bulldogs and Warriors are scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Weber earns GPAC honor

12 JAN 2009

Concordia guard Dustin Weber is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week.  Weber, a junior from Pierce, Nebraska, averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and three assists per game as the Bulldogs went 2-0 on the week.  For the week he made 11-28 field goals (39%), 4-11 three pointers (36%), and 19-24 free throws (79%).  Concordia improved to 12-4 overall with the wins.  This week the Bulldogs will travel to Midland Lutheran on Wednesday and host Mount Marty on Saturday.

Shrum spurs Bulldogs past Warriors

14 JAN 2009

The Bulldog scoring explosion continued Wednesday night with an 81-73 victory over the Midland Lutheran College Warriors at the Event Center in Fremont, Neb. Concordia came into the game ranked No. 19 nationally.

Ryan Shrum, a sophomore from Allen, Texas, hit on 5-of-7 3-point field goal attempts in the first half. The scoring outburst from Shrum, who accounted for 17 first-half points, helped the Bulldogs to a 43-40 halftime lead.

Midland and Concordia traded the lead four times in the second half, with neither team able to separate from the other until the Warriors' head coach Rich McGill picked up technical foul with 7:15 remaining. Concordia was ahead by one, 63-62, when Midland's Evan Lamprecht was forced to the baseline and stepped out of bounds. McGill argued that his player was fouled. When McGill failed to comply with the officials, he was called for the technical.

Concordia's Tyler Bredehoeft hit both free throws to put the Bulldogs in front, 65-62. The Warriors were unable to close the gap and the Bulldogs would extend the lead in the late minutes with free throws.

Shrum led all scorers with 25 points, hitting seven 3-pointers in the game. Dustin Weber added 20 points and Bredehoeft finished with 10 points. Sam Huebner contributed seven points on offense and led the Bulldogs defensively with eight rebounds, three blocks, and a steal. Lamprecht led Midland with 21 points, hitting 9-of-12 free throws.

With the Bulldog victory and the Briar Cliff loss at Northwestern, Concordia moves into sole possession of first place in the GPAC . The Bulldogs are 13-4 overall and 7-1 in the GPAC. Midland drops to 5-15 overall and 3-6 in the GPAC.

Concordia will return to the Doghouse to host the Mount Marty Lancers on Saturday, Jan. 17, with tipoff set for 4 p.m. in Seward, Neb.

Bulldogs stumble against Lancers

17 JAN 2009

The Concordia University men's basketball team failed to score for almost four minutes in the latter part of the second half Saturday en route to a 78-68 defeat at the hands of the Mount Marty College Lancers.
Concordia jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first half before taking a 40-32 advantage into the intermission. The eight-point lead quickly disappeared just in the first five minutes of the second half as Mount Marty came back to tie game, 44-44. The two teams traded buckets for the next minutes with neither side able to gain a foothold until the Bulldogs went ice cold offensively with about seven minutes remaining. Concordia wouldn't score again until Tyler Byrd's 3-pointer with just 33 seconds remaining in the game. In that time the Lancers surged to a 14-point lead, 76-62. Byrd would hit another three-pointer to cut the lead to single digits, 77-68 before the Lancers would add a free throws to push the lead back to ten.
The Bulldogs were led by Dustin Weber with 14 points and Dusan Veselinovic with 10. Mount Marty was led by the trio of Rudy Harper (22), Weston Kusser (20), and Justin Peters (19).
With the loss the Bulldogs drop to 13-5 overall and 7-2 in the GPAC while Mount Marty moves to 4-16 overall and 1-7 in the GPAC.
Next action for the Bulldogs comes Tuesday, Jan. 20, with the Dana College Vikings coming to the Doghouse at 7:30 p.m.

Timely baskets key to victory over Vikings

20 JAN 2009

The Concordia University men's basketball team got back to its winning ways with a physical 71-63 victory over the Dana College Vikings Tuesday night at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

A sloppy first half of shooting led to a 32-28 advantage for the Bulldogs heading into the halftime break. Concordia came out hot in the beginning of the second half, quickly widening the Bulldog lead to seven, 38-31. Concordia was then able to keep the Vikings at bay with timely layups and 3-pointers. Concordia upped the lead to as many as 10 points, 55-45, with seven minutes remaining.

Dana was not done for the evening, however. The Vikings closed the Bulldog lead to three, 65-62, on a jumper by Jon Pearson. The hustle of Concordia's Kendall Bender, who tipped a ball to Tyler Bredehoeft for a lay in, helped the Bulldogs move the lead back to five, 67-62. In the final minutes Tyler Byrd would nail four free throws to ice the game.

Concordia was led offensively by Byrd with 12 points while three other Bulldogs went for double digits: Sam Huebner (11), Ryan Shrum (10) and Dusan Veselinovic (10). Dana was led by Jon Pearson with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting while Gabe Bross added 13 points for the Vikings.

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 14-5 and 8-2 in the GPAC while Dana drops to 10-11 and 3-7 in the GPAC.

Next action for the Bulldogs comes Jan. 24 as Concordia travlels to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on the Morningside College Mustangs. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Bulldogs' comeback falls short

24 JAN 2009

Forty-nine days after Concordia almost surrendered a double-digit lead to the Morningside College at home, it was the Bulldogs' turn to fall short, 79-76, against the Mustangs in Sioux City on Saturday. Morningside came into the contest ranked No. 18 in the NAIA while the Bulldogs were receiving votes in the latest poll.

Concordia used 7-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc to stay ahead of Morngingside for most of the first half and take a 34-34 tie into the break. The Bulldogs and Mustangs also seemed be going stride for stride in the second half, but Morningside went on a 11-1 run to extend the lead to double digits.

With 1:55 remaining and the Mustangs leading 74-64, Concordia made one final push. The Bulldogs went on a 12-5 run, cutting into the lead with 3-pointers by Tyler Byrd and Dustin Weber. In the end, however, Morningside would sink free throws to push the lead back to three. A prayer of a shot by the Bulldogs at the buzzer did not find the basket, and the Mustangs galloped away with the victory.

The Bulldogs were able again to get all five starters into double digits in scoring. Tyler Bredehoeft led the way with 19 points, hitting on 3-of-5 three point attempts. Dusan Veselinovic and Ryan Shrum each added 12 points and Weber went for 11. Sam Huebner notched a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds for Concordia. Seth Atkins led the Mustangs with 23 points.

With the victory Morningside moves to 17-5 overall and 9-2 in the GPAC. The Bulldogs fall to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in the GPAC.

Next action for Concordia comes Wednesday, Jan. 28, against the Doane College Tigers in Seward, Neb. The Bulldogs take a break from conference play Jan. 30-31 to serve as host for the 58th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament.

Bulldogs squeeze past Tigers

28 JAN 2009

The Concordia University men's basketball team relied on strong play from its big men to earn a 64-57 victory over the Doane College Tigers Wednesday night at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

The Bulldogs controlled the tempo of the first half and surged to a 30-24 halftime lead. Concordia pushed their lead to as many as 11 in the second half before the Tigers made their final push. With a layup by Trent Schlautman with 4:51 remaining, Doane cut the lead to three, 49-46. Concordia's Dusan Veselinovic and Sam Huebner hit free throws and Tyler Bredehoeft nailed a three-pointer to put away the Tigers down the stretch.

Veselinovic led the Bulldogs with 18 points while Bredehoeft, Huebner and Casey Schrader each added 10 points for Concordia. Veselinovic also led the Bulldogs on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds. Kendall Frantz led the Tigers with 12 points while Jack Lind pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Doane.

With the victory Concordia moves to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the GPAC while Doane dropped to 7-16 overall and 0-11 in the GPAC.

Concordia will next take on the Concordia University Chicago Cougars as part of the 58th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament held in Seward, Neb., Jan. 30 and 31.

Bulldogs defeat Concordia Chicago, advance to CIT championship

30 JAN 2009

The Concordia University, Nebraska men's basketball team showed an explosive edge on offense it had rarely displayed this season in a 87-66 defeat of the Concordia University Chicago Cougars Friday night. The Bulldog victory came in the opening round of the 58th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament being held in Seward, Neb.

Dusan Veselinovic nailed a turn-around jumper in the lane with 15:24 remaining in the first half to break a 7-7 tie, and the game would not be in question the remainder of the contest. The Bulldogs extended their lead to as many as 25 while cruising to the double-digit win.

Four Bulldogs scored in double digits. Veselinovic led the way with 17 points, Tyler Bredehoeft added 12, Sam Huebner put 11 on the board and Ryan Shrum added 10. In all, Concordia Nebraska had 12 players register points in the game. Deontay Young led the way for the Cougars with 14 points.

Concordia Nebraska advances to the CIT championship where the Bulldogs face Concordia University Wisconsin, victors over Concordia University, Ann Arbor in the opening round. Tip-off for the men's championship on Saturday is 6:30 p.m. 

Bulldogs hold off Falcons for CIT championship

31 JAN 2009

The Concordia University men's basketball team won its 23rd Concordia Invitational Tournament championship Saturday afternoon, holding on for a 61-60 victory over the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons in the championship game of the 58th annual CIT.

Concordia Nebraska jumped out to a 30-18 halftime lead and for much of the second half held onto a double-digit lead. With seven minutes remaining in the second frame, however, the Falcons went on a 14-6 run and cut the Concordia Nebraska lead to two, 57-55, with 1:30 remaining. Concordia Wisconsin's Mitchell Schneider missed a game-tying layup and the Bulldogs extended their lead to four with free throws. A 3-point play by the Falcons cut the lead to one, but to no avail. The buzzer had sounded as the shot was made and the Bulldogs had earned the CIT trophy, their first since 2005.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Tyler Bredehoeft with 17 points and Dusan Veselinovic added 15. For their efforts both Bredehoeft and Veselinovic were named to the all-tournament team. Veselinovic also had the distinction of being named the tournament's most valuable player.

With the victory the Bulldogs move to 17-7 overall. Their next game is against the Midland Lutheran College Warriors Tuesday, Feb. 3. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

Bulldogs take down Warriors

3 FEB 2009

The Concordia University men’s basketball team used suffocating defense and timely scoring to better the Midland Lutheran College Warriors 59-53 in GPAC action Tuesday night at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

Both teams struggled to score through the first half. The 24-20 halftime score, with Bulldogs in the lead, was the lowest scoring for a first half this season for Concordia.

In the second half Midland was able to take the lead with under eight minutes remaining, but Concordia freshman Kendall Bender tenaciously fought for an offensive rebound, got his own rebound and then scored to cut the Warrior lead to one, 36-35.

After four possessions by each team with no scoring, Concordia took the lead when Dustin Weber found Tyler Byrd open in the corner for a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs ahead 38-36. It was a lead Concordia would not relinquish. The Bulldogs would go ahead by as many as 11 points before a late-game push by Midland cut that to four.

Concordia was led offensively by Tyler Bredehoeft with 13 points while Dustin Weber added 10. Sam Huebner led the Bulldogs in the paint, pulling down 12 rebounds. Jason Ahrens led the Warriors with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 18-6 overall and 10-3 in the GPAC while Midland falls to 6-20 overall and 4-11 in the GPAC.

Next action for the Bulldogs comes Saturday, Feb. 7, as the Bulldogs travel to Orange City, Iowa, to take on the Northwestern College Red Raiders. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

Northwestern tops Bulldogs

7 FEB 2009

The Concordia University men's basketball team dropped a tough road contest at Northwestern College Saturday afternoon, 79-69, in Orange City, Iowa.

Northwestern started the game on fire, jumping out to a 16-4 lead six minutes into the game and the Bulldogs were forced to play catch-up for the first half. By halftime Concordia was able to close the Northwestern lead to seven, 38-31.

Coming out of the break, the Bulldogs were able to get their offense rolling and took the lead, 51-50, on a 3-pointer by Dustin Weber with 14:20 remaining.  Northwestern, however, had too many offensive weapons and the Bulldogs would lose the lead on the next possession and come no closer to beating the Red Raiders.

Weber's 16 points led the Bulldogs offensively. Tyler Bredehoeft added 14 points to the Bulldogs' score and Dusan Veselinovic and Ryan Shrum were good for 11 points each. Northwestern had five players reach double digits in scoring with Andrew Stimson and Kale Wiertzema leading the way with 15 points each.

With the loss the Bulldogs fall to 18-7 overall and 10-4 in the GPAC while Northwestern moves to 16-8 overall and 11-3 in the GPAC.

The Bulldogs host Nebraska Wesleyan next. The Prairie Wolves will make the drive to Seward Feb. 11 for a 7:30 p.m. game at the Doghouse.

Prairie Wolves stifle Bulldogs

11 FEB 2009

The post-season future of the Concordia University men's basketball team was thrown a curve ball with a 66-59 defeat at the hands of the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb. The Bulldogs were on track to be one of the teams earning a first-round bye in the GPAC tournament held later this month, and now they will need help from the top teams in the GPAC in order to go directly into the second round.

A back-and-forth game throughout the first half between the two top defensive teams in the GPAC led to eight ties and six lead changes. Dusan Veselinovic's layup with two seconds remaining in the half gave the Bulldogs a slim 29-28 lead heading into the break. The Prairie Wolves started the second half on fire with an 8-0 run. It was a setback that Concordia nearly overcame twice as the second half continued, but Nebraska Wesleyan's defense and strong rebounding kept the Bulldogs at bay.  

For the night, the Prairie Wolves out-rebounded the Bulldogs 49-34. Concordia's shooting was also sub-par.  The Bulldogs hit just 3-of-21 from 3-point land and went 14-for-25 (56 percent) from the charity stripe.

Concordia was led offensively by Tyler Bredehoeft and Ryan Shrum.  Each had 12 points. Dylan Aylward led Nebraska Wesleyan with 19 points and six rebounds.

With the loss the Bulldogs fall to 18-8 overall and 10-5 in the GPAC. Nebraska Wesleyan moves to 9-13 overall and 5-10 in the GPAC.

Concordia will next play on Saturday, Feb. 14, when the Bulldogs host the Dordt College Defenders.  Senior day and parent's day will be celebrated in conjunction with the game, the final home contest scheduled for the regular season.

Last second shot sinks Bulldogs

14 FEB 2009

The losing skid for Concordia University men's basketball continued Saturday as the Dordt College Defenders used a strong second half and a well-executed final shot to down the Bulldogs 56-54 at the Doghouse in Seward, Neb.

Concordia looked to have solved its recent scoring issues, jumping out to a 21-10 lead with just eight minutes remaining in the first half. Dordt was in no mood to fold, however, and was able to cut the Concordia lead to five points, 32-27, by halftime.

Dordt started the second half on fire with a 10-0 run and took a 37-32 lead after four minutes. The Defenders then held the Bulldogs back and pushed the lead to nine, 49-40, with just 6:57 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs answered with a 9-0 run of their own, bookended by baskets by Tyler Bredehoeft, to tie the game with just 3:37 remaining. The two teams traded baskets until Sam Huebner hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining to give the Bulldogs a two-point lead. The Defenders answered quickly with a layup by Logan Kingma.

With under a minute remaining and the score tied 54-54, the Bulldogs looked to drain the clock down but were unable to hold on for a last second shot because of the differential in the shot clock. Bredehoeft attempted to drive with fewer than five seconds remaining on the shot clock, but was swarmed by Defenders, causing a turnover. After a timeout by Dordt, the Defenders had the ball with under ten seconds left. Logan Kingma curled off a screen and hit a jumper in the lane. The Defenders were up by two and, with only a second remaining on the clock, the Bulldogs' desperation attempt fell short.

Concordia was plagued by turnovers the entire afternoon, committing 22 while only forcing Dordt to commit 14. The Bulldogs shot well for the game, hitting on 21-of-46 field goal attempts (45.7 percent), but were unable to come up with a big shot when it was needed.

Dusan Veselinovic led the Bulldogs with 20 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Dustin Weber chipped in with 13 points. Logan Kingma led the Defenders with 16 points.

With the loss the Bulldogs fall to 18-9 overall and 10-6 in the GPAC while the Defenders move to 13-12 overall and 8-8 in the GPAC.

Next action for the Bulldogs comes Wednesday, Feb. 18, as Concordia travels to Mitchell, S.D. to take on the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers at the Corn Palace.  Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

Bulldogs fall short at Corn Palace

18 FEB 2009

A scoring drought late in the game was one of the reasons the Concordia University men's basketball team fell 75-68 to the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.

The Bulldogs trailed 35-19 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half before the Concordia offense surged to life, ending the half on a 16-4 run to cut the Tiger lead to four, 39-35.

With back-to-back jumpers by Tyler Bredehoeft two minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs took a 42-41 lead. The two teams would trade the lead for the majority of the second half. The Tigers' Ike Muoneke hit a layup with 5:14 remaining to give DWU a 64-61 lead. Bredehoeft then found Dustin Weber open in the corner, and Weber buried the 3-pointer to tie the game. The Tigers missed a 3-point attempt of their own, and on the ensuing possession Dusan Veselinovic hit a deep 3-pointer to give Concordia a 67-64 lead with 4:01 remaining in regulation. It would be the last field goal the Bulldogs would make in the game. Dakota Wesleyan's Chase Walder hit two 3-pointers down the stretch, and the Tigers would ice the game with free-throws.

Concordia was led offensively by Veselinovic with 21 points while Sam Huebner had a breakout game offensively with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dakota Wesleyan was led by Mitch Bain with 21 points.

With the loss Concordia falls to 18-10 overall and 10-7 in the GPAC while Dakota Wesleyan moves to 23-6 overall and 14-3 in the GPAC.

The next action for the Bulldogs comes Saturday, Feb. 21, with Concordia traveling to Blair, Neb., to take on the Dana College Vikings. Tipoff set for 4 p.m.

Bulldogs drop fifth straight to end regular season

21 FEB 2009

Dana College fiercely defended its home court Saturday afternoon, earning an 89-65 victory over the Bulldogs on the last day of the GPAC regular season.

The Vikings came out of the chute on an offensive tear, starting the game with a 9-0 run that turned into a 49-28 halftime lead for Dana. The Bulldogs were never able to mount any serious comeback effort as the two teams played even basketball throughout the second half.

Concordia was led offensively by Tyler Bredehoeft's 22 points and Andy Banahan also chipped in with 12 points off the bench. Dana was led offensively by Jon Person with 19 points.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to sixth place in the GPAC. Concordia will host the Mt. Marty Lancers, the No. 11- seed, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The winner of Tuesday's game will then travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to play the No. 3-seeded Briar Cliff Chargers on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Byrd leads Bulldogs in shocker in Sioux City

24 FEB 2009

Freshman Tyler Byrd had the biggest half of his young career as a Bulldog, hitting 6-of-6 3-pointer attempts as he led Concordia in their comeback victory, 101-97, over the Briar Cliff Chargers Thursday night in Sioux City, Iowa.

Concordia's habit of sloppy play at the beginning of games continued in the quarter-final matchup as Briar Cliff jumped out to a 26-5 lead seven minutes into the first half before the Bulldogs began to battle back, cutting the lead to 49-36 at halftime.

Briar Cliff kept the Bulldogs at bay in the second half until  12:56 remaining. Trailing 66-56, Concordia went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 68-68. Concordia continued the run to take a 77-72 lead with a mid-range jumper by Dusan Veselinovic with 5:55 remaining. The Bulldogs then held an 82-76 advantage with 1:38 remaining when the Chargers' Chase Vander Feen hit a 3-pointer to cut into the Concordia lead. The Bulldogs responded when Ryan Shrum hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down.

With :18 remaining, freshman Kendal Bender had a chance to give the Bulldogs a five point lead but missed the front end of a double bonus opportunity, giving Concordia just a four point lead. Briar Cliff quickly moved the ball up the court and Brett Ratcliff hit a runner in the lane to cut the Bulldog advantage to two, 86-84. Concordia's inbounds pass was stolen by Vander Feen who put up a desperation 3-pointer that fell short. It landed in the waiting hands of Kyle Semprini who laid the ball in at the buzzer to send the game into overtime tied 86-86.

In overtime the Chargers held a 91-89 lead when Veselinovic nailed a 3-pointer to give Concordia the lead; the Bulldogs would not trail again in the game. The Bulldogs were up 97-95 when the Chargers' Kelvin Adams hit a runner to tie the game at 97-97. Tyler Byrd then took the inbounds pass the length of the court but missed a lay-up attempt. Fellow freshman Kendal Bender then redeemed himself for the earlier miss with a timely tip-in to give Concordia a 99-97 lead with :01 remaining in overtime. Briar Cliff attempted to call a timeout but did not realize they were without any remaining. Concordia's Tyler Bredehoeft then sank the two technical foul free throws to give the Bulldogs the 101-97 victory.

Byrd led the Bulldogs offensively with 25 points, all coming in the second half, while Veselinovic added 18 points.  Sam Huebner and Andy Banahan each registered a double-double as Hueber finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds with Banahan finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Shrum and Tyler Bredehoeft each also finished in double digits with 16 and 11 points respectively. Chase Vander Feen led the Chargers with 20 points.

With the victory the Bulldogs earn the right to take on the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in the GPAC semi-finals on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in Mitchell, S.D. Concordia is now 20-11 while Briar Cliff falls to 23-7.

Slow start dooms Bulldogs in semi-final loss

28 FEB 2009

A 12-2 run to close out the first half gave the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers enough momentum to fend off the upset-minded Concordia University Bulldogs, 83-64 in the GPAC semifinal matchup Saturday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.

The large run to end the first half gave Dakota Wesleyan a 40-23 lead heading into halftime, and it proved to be too large a deficit for the Bulldogs to overcome. The closest the Bulldogs would come was fifteen points in the closing minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs hot shooting from 3-point land went cold during the semifinals as Concordia shot just 8-of-20 (40 percent) from deep and free throws didn't come free as Concordia hit on just 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) free throws.

Concordia was led offensively by Dusan Veselinovic with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Tyler Bredehoeft added 17 points. Chase Walder led the Tigers with 21 points.

Dakota Wesleyan advances to take on the University of Sioux Falls Cougars in the championship game of the 2009 GPAC tournament on Tuesday. Concordia holds a slight chance of an at-large bid to the 2009 NAIA National Basketball Championship tournament with the field being announced on Wednesday, March 4.