A 21-0 run, spurred by Joel Baker, in the middle of the first half defined the day as the Bulldogs ran away from Jamestown, 99-78. Noah Schutte and Tristan Smith both recorded double-doubles as Concordia completed a 2-0 week of GPAC play.
After a long 11 days and a Thanksgiving break, the Bulldogs resumed action at Wikert Event Center, taking on Midland on Wednesday night (Nov. 29). Concordia seized the lead early and ran with it for the full 40 minutes, keeping the improved Warriors at bay in the 104-86 win.
An extended break in the schedule will end on Wednesday as the Bulldogs clash with Midland in Fremont. Concordia will then host its final pre-New Year's home game on Saturday as Jamestown makes a visit to Friedrich Arena.
A late 6-0 run got Concordia within a point in the final minute before a back-breaking trey by Northwestern. The Red Raiders staved off the Bulldogs, 78-74, despite 24 points from Tristan Smith and a 37-26 rebound disadvantage.
Stops were difficult to come by on a night when defending GPAC regular season champion Morningside outgunned the Bulldogs, 101-89. Both Noah Schutte and Tristan Smith hit the 20-point mark in Concordia's first defeat of 2023-24.
There will be no easy into conference play as the Bulldogs look forward to matchups this week with the top two teams in the GPAC preseason poll: Morningside and Northwestern. Concordia will host the Mustangs on Wednesday.
Head Coach Ben Limback’s squad took a trip south, facing off against Benedictine College (Kan.) on Saturday night (Nov. 11). Turnovers plagued the Bulldog offense, but healing power came from 60 percent second half perimeter shooting and 50 total rebounds which led to a 74-61 road win over the Ravens.
Following a 2-0 weekend at the Cattle Classic, the Bulldogs will hit the road and play at Benedictine College (Kan.) on Saturday. This will be the lead-in to the opening of GPAC play next week.
The Cattle Classic rolled along on day two with the Concordia men’s basketball team capping the tournament in a clash against 19th-ranked William Penn University. After a tight knitted single point differential at halftime, the Dawgs slammed shut any chance of a comeback for the Statesmen in the 103-74 route.
Usual suspects Noah Schutte and Tristan Smith led the way as the Bulldogs knocked off a fellow 2023 national tournament qualifier in Mayville State, 88-73. Schutte racked up 25 points on day one of the annual Cattle Classic.
A back-to-back national qualifier entering 2023-24, Concordia Men's Basketball will follow the lead of a star-studded frontcourt made up of stars Noah Schutte and Tristan Smith. The Bulldogs are challenging themselves to 'rise up' this winter.
Six years since his graduation, Chandler Folkerts can't escape The Chanimal nickname that became a signature of the dominance the Milford native displayed in the post. The humble Folkerts recently took his place in the Concordia Athletics HOF.
Named the 2003-04 GPAC Player of the Year, Rick Dietze used his patented 'old-man game' to score more points than any other GPAC player his senior season. The soft-spoken Dietze is headed to the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame.
Following a five-year run in college basketball, Gage Smith continues to satisfy his appetite for competition thanks to the rebirth of SlamBall. New to the sport, Smith has earned a roster spot on the MOB and will appear on ESPN later in July.
The 2022-23 Bulldogs will be remembered for their ability to redefine themselves in the middle of the season and get on a roll that led into the national tournament. Noah Schutte and Gage Smith were the stars who guided Concordia through adversity.
They make up two-thirds of the starting frontcourt for Concordia Men's Basketball. Built different, brothers Gage and Tristan Smith are all about family and forging memories together. Together, they are a dynamic duo.
In nearly a quarter century in his role, the unmistakable Coach Grant Schmidt guided the Concordia Men’s Basketball program in ways only he could. His passion and care inspired a reverence for him that is still emotionally felt by his former players.
The 2022-23 Concordia Men's Basketball team takes on the task of following up one of the greatest seasons in school history. The Bulldogs return three starters and one of the most athletic frontcourts the program has ever put on the court.
AD Devin Smith refers to the 2021-22 Bulldogs as the "best team I've ever seen play here." The road to Kansas City included buzzer beaters, court storms, GPAC championships and memories that will never fade.
The 2021-22 Concordia Men's Basketball season will never be forgotten. The Bulldogs celebrated GPAC regular season and tournament titles and reached the NAIA national quarterfinals while being characterized by a team first attitude.