The No. 13 Concordia Eagles claimed their first GSAC road win of the season with a 72-67 win over San Diego Christian in El Cajon, CA on Saturday night, February 15. The Eagles built a nice lead, but as things tightened up, were able to pull the victory with solid rebounding and defense.
Four Eagles scored in double figures, Montreal Harris led with 14 and Lucas Simpson and Stephen Grosey both added 13. DeLaun Frazier hit two threes and scored 12. Harris and Grosey tied for the lead with nine rebounds each. Concordia was able to force 16 SDCC turnovers, leading to 10 steals, and 14 more shot attempts, making the difference.
Concordia scored the first six points of the game, with a layup from Harris and jumper by Lucas Simpson. SDCC closed the gap by the 14:26 mark, tying the game at 13. The Hawks scored five more after that to go up five, but Grosey hit two foul shots and Harris nailed a jumper in the paint to tie the game at 21 with nine minutes left in the half. DeLaun Frazier hit a three and converted a layup to pace Concordia to a 28-23 edge. SDCC briefly led, but Frazier hit another long ball and the teams traded the lead back and forth. A three-point play and three from Harris with four seconds left in the half saw Concordia go to the break up 45-42.
"It felt really good to get our first GSAC road win," Concordia head coach Ken Ammann said. "San Diego Christian is such an explosive team and I was proud of the great effort we put forth to get the win. We stepped up down the stretch when they had all the momentum. We got a lot of stops to hold the one-point lead."
Simpson hit Nolan Abernathy for a layup in transition and made a free throw to help Concordia lead 56-48 at the 15:34 mark. At 13:28 Josh Smith converted an assist from Harris to give Concordia the 10-point lead. The Hawks started chipping away though and trailed by three, 66-63, with 5:51 remaining, after an 8-2 run. With Concordia up 68-67, both teams failed to score on their next four possessions, until SDCC had to start fouling, as nobody scored for over three minutes. Tommy Stangl made two free throws to put Concordia up 70-67, and the Hawks turned the ball over on their end, leading to a 72-67 Concordia win.
Concordia ended the week 19-7 and 6-4 in the conference, while SDCC sits at 8-11 and 4-6 in the GSAC. Concordia will host GSAC-leading No. 9-ranked Vanguard on Tuesday night, February 18 at 7:30 pm. Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.