The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

November 24, 2013

Victory slips away from Bethany in final 2 minutes

MANKATO Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese DotsText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color— Up 2 with two minutes to play, the Bethany Lutheran men’s basketball team needed to make some shots or get some stops.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, they got neither.

“I felt like today, a lot of the tips and bounces and rolls didn’t go our way,” Bethany coach Greg Holzhueter said. “You need to get stops when the ball isn’t dropping. It’s another learning experience for a young team.”

The Vikings lost 76-72 to Concordia Chicago in a nonconference game Saturday at the Sports & Fitness Center.

The Vikings held the slim lead in the final two minutes but couldn’t close the game. Making only 10 of 23 free throws didn’t help, a surprsing stat since the team had made 23 of 28 free throws in the first two games.

“That’s not normal for us,” senior Jacob Wensmann said. “I know I missed too many. But we’re a good free-throw shooting team.”

In the first half, Rodney Pierce-Tyler provided some early spark. Through the first two games, Pierce-Tyler hadn’t done much, with four points and four rebounds in only 13 minutes, but he provided some quick offense Saturday, hitting consecutive 3-pointers to lead 13-8.

Concordia Chicago answered with an 18-9 run over the next five minutes, but the Vikings closed the half on a 22-8 run for a 44-34 lead. Pierce-Tyler had 13 points and five rebounds at the break.

“Rodney has a lot of skill, and he’s a mismatch for a lot of post players,” Holzhueter said. “Our two posts got into foul trouble, and he stepped up. He took advantage of his opportunity to show us what he can do.”.

Concordia Chicago erased the halftime deficit in the first five minutes of the second half and led 55-50 at the 10-minute mark.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Oakland Raiders To Become San Antonio Raiders? - @TheBuzzeronFox 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Byron Scott Reportedly New Head Coach Of Los Angeles Lakers - @TheBuzzeronFox SportsNite: Botched play Gruden: Full-speed practices key for fundamentals Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France College Football Playoff Prognosis: Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Playoff Prognosis: Nebraska Cornhuskers Jake Peavy traded from Red Sox to Giants Browns wants Johnny Football to buckle down How Losing Joe Bergeron Affects Texas What will Pierzynski bring to St. Louis?