The Concordia College men’s basketball team could not overcome a 12-0 run by Spring Hill College Tuesday night in a 70-57 loss. Missed shots doomed Concordia throughout the game. -- Robert Hudson

Hornet mistakes lead to loss

Published 8:43pm Wednesday, November 23, 2011

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal


The Concordia College men’s basketball team got down by double digits midway through the first half and could never recover, as they fell to the Spring Hill Badgers 70-57 at home on Tuesday.

Concordia men’s head basketball coach Anthony Rutledge said he’s proud of the effort his team gave in a five-games-in-five-nights stretch.

“Tonight, I think after last night (Monday) we became a bit lackadaisical,” Rutledge said. “I’m not going to make any excuses also, but they (players) played five games in five days. They’ve worked hard, I’m proud of them and I’m thankful to God that no one’s injured or hurt. We’ve got a great group of guys, and if we continue to work hard, we’ll do fine.”

The Hornets (3-6) would tie the game 10-10 early in the first half, but the Badgers (2-2) would soon find their rhythm.

The Badgers would go on a 12-0 run that included two three pointers from Todd Martin to make the score 33-11 with 6:25 left to play.

The Badgers capitalized off of Hornets’ missed shots, as Concordia shot only 31 percent from the field. The Hornets weren’t completely out of the fight, as they’d slowly chip away at the Badgers lead, getting within eight points at 64-56 with 3:10 remaining in the game.

But Concordia could not overcome its shooting woes and would only score one point, a free throw, the rest of the way.

The Badgers were lights out from the field, shooting 59 percent and also shot 42 percent from behind the arch. John Nixon led Concordia with 17 points and Travis Roscoe added 11 points for the Hornets. Jake Thelen led Spring Hill with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Martin added 13 points, going three for six from beyond the arch.

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