Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 9, 2010

Poor first-half shooting dooms Concord men

ATHENS — Seven points. That was the output of the starting five for Concord University in the first half of Saturday night’s conference game with Seton Hill.

The homestanding Mountain Lions recovered from a 22-percent shooting rate in the opening period to convert 58 percent of their shots after intermission, but lost their fifth straight game by an 85-72 score to the Griffins at the Carter Center.

After trailing 34-23 at halftime, Concord (1-8) used a 19-6 run, with three-pointers from three players, to whittle down the scoring gap to 53-50 when Cody WIllard hit a trey from the left corner with 10:31 left.

Seton Hill (5-4) then scored eight straight points and stepped up its defense and rebounding. Taking advantage of six Concord turnovers, the Griffins kept the home squad from sinking a field goal for a five-minute stretch late in the game.

Concord coach Steve Cox explained that his team is having difficulty “just being able to sustain” late in ballgames.

Seton Hill coach Tony Morocco said, “When I get them to play defense like we’re capable of, we can get some production. But they’re young kids ... Once we ever put 40 minutes together mentally, we’re good. But you’ve got to have it between the ears.”

Cox had organized the Mountain Lion defense to take away the inside game for chunks of the first two-thirds of the game, although Seton Hill came in with taller, more experienced players.

“Gentry (Shrewsbury) and (Rick) Alderman may not have scored a lot of points tonight, but they contributed a lot,” Cox said. “And Matt Parker played down there and contributed.”

Meanwhile, the visitors’ leading scorer Chris Giles had only six points at halftime. He finished with 25, above his average, and was credited with four of the Griffins’ 12 steals. Big Cody Boone added five blocks to his impressive numbers, and nine rebounds. Ivan Cosovic had 10 boards, helping Seton Hill to an overall 46-to-39 rebounding edge.

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