The No. 22 Concordia Eagles picked up a win to cap the first half of the 2014 GSAC schedule on Tuesday night, February 4, as they defeated visiting Westmont, 73-67, inside CU Arena.
The Eagles led by as much as 13 in the second half, but it got close late, as Concordia prevailed. Donnell Phifer finished with a flurry, ending up with 21 points, going nine-of-10 from the line. DeLaun Frazier hit four threes for 17 points, and Montreal Harris was the final Eagle in double figures with 10. Concordia converted two more field goals and four more threes to make the difference.
It was a back and forth game early, with Westmont claiming a 13-11 lead through the first six minutes. Montreal Harris grabbed a steal and finished at the other end, tying the game at 15 at the 13:18 mark. Westmont went to the foul line and made one at 12:10, as the Eagles found themselves in early foul trouble. DeLaun Frazier hit Lucas Simpson for a fastbreak dunk for the 17-16 edge. Two Stephen Grosey free throws extended the lead by two. Donnell Phifer got the pump-fake jumper in the air at 7:45 for the five-point edge. Justin Davis found a deep three at 3:30 to push it to 29-22. Concordia got a bit sloppy with the ball on multiple possessions, and head coach Ken Ammann took a timeout at 2:07. Westmont converted some late free throws, but Josh Smith scored late, and Concordia took a 33-28 lead into the half.
Harris hit an early pump fake in the lane to open the second half. Phifer found a three two possessions later for a nine-point edge, their largest to that point. Frazier hit a three at 16:11, with a foul off ball, and Smith scored later, for a five-point possession. On the next possession Frazier drilled from the corner to make it 46-33 Eagles, forcing a WC timeout. Play got a little choppy, and Westmont closed to 49-41, before WC took a timeout at 9:54. The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes, until Phifer hit a three at 6:19 to make it 56-46. Westmont scored six straight, until Concordia finally broke the trend, 58-52 at 4:22. An inbounds layup from Westmont at 2:30 cut it to two, 58-56. Harris stole the ball at midcourt, leading to a Grosey layup, 60-56. Phifer went one-on-one late, hitting a jumper with one minute left, 62-57. WC missed two layups and Concordia iced the game, 73-67.
Concordia improved to 17-6 and 4-3 in conference with the win, while Westmont falls to 14-7 and 3-4 in the GSAC. The Eagles welcome Hope International on Saturday night, February 8, as part of Homecoming 2014 at 7:30 pm. Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.