The No. 12 Concordia men's basketball team picked up a great road win on Saturday night, December 14, as they defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, CA, 66-60.
Senior point guard Donnell Phifer had a huge night, with 29 points, going 10-of-13 from the field and nine-of-15 from the line, to go with four steals. Fellow senior starter Tim Harris added 16 points, going four-of-seven from three. Josh Smith scored eight points off the bench with six rebounds. Concordia hit four more field goals and three more three-pointers than Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Eagles forced 23 turnovers, and only gave away five.
Phifer and Harris scored the first six points, getting Concordia out to a six-point edge. Concordia led the entire first half, and game, as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps cut the edge to two, 18-16, with five minutes left in the half. The game was briefly tied, and Concordia went to the half up 26-21. Lucas Simpson started the second half with a three-point play to take the eight-point lead. A three from DeLaun Frazier at the 12-minute mark put Concordia up 10, 41-31. Two minutes later a three from Harris grew the edge to 12. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had cut the advantage to five with four minutes left. Concordia built it back to 10 and salted the game away at the line.
"That was a great team win, it was like beating a good GSAC team on the road," Concordia head coach Ken Ammann said. "Donnell Phifer was killer tonight."
Concordia improved to 9-2, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps dropped to 5-4. The Eagles are back in action on December 19 for three games at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ. They open with Carroll College at 4 pm.