New Haven, CT – The Concordia College Clippers men's basketball team was on the road this afternoon as they took on the Southern Conn. St. Owls of the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10). After leading by 17 at the half, the Owls went on to capture their sixth victory of the season, 94-81.
Southern Conn. St. began the game by jumping out to an early 10-0 lead as Concordia was unable to score their first basket until just over three minutes had past. Following a three-point basket by the Owls, they held a 13 point lead with 12:03. The Clippers struggled to get back within single digits as Southern Conn. St. controlled much of the first 10 minutes.
Following a timeout by Concordia, they were able to cut the deficit to only three at 29-26 after a three-point basket by Brandon Whitaker (Harlem, NY). Following a jump shot by Whitaker, the Clippers tied the game at 31-31 as they looked to be back in the game with six minutes and thirty-five seconds remaining in the period.
The Owls would go on a hot streak with a 14-2 run over a three minute and fifteen second span. Southern Conn. St. would end the last two minutes on a 9-0 run to take a 54-37 lead into the locker room.
Concordia struggled as the second half began with the Owls going on another run to take a 28 point lead at 73-45 with thirteen minutes and twenty-nine seconds remaining. The Clippers would return the favor going on a 23-2 run to get within seven points of the lead with six minutes and forty seconds remaining on the clock.
Both teams would play evenly until one minute remained as Concordia could not cut into the deficit and Southern Conn. St. could not extend their lead. The Clippers had to resort to fouling as time was running out but the Owls kept making their free throws to keep their lead. Concordia was unable make a basket with less than 56 seconds remaining and time ran out on their miraculous comeback attempt.
Junior Argelix Gil (Brooklyn, NY) led the Clippers with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field while adding a game-high 14 rebounds and recording two blocks and an assist. Whitaker added 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for Concordia. As a team, the Clippers shot 37.2% (32-of-86) from the field and shot 13-of-17 (76.5%) from the foul line.
Concordia (5-5, 2-2 CACC) will take some time off for the holidays as their next game will not take place until Friday, December 30th. The Clippers will battle another NE-10 opponent, Bentley University, at 7pm in Waltham, MA. Fans unable to attend the game can follow all of the action via Live Stats or Live Video. The links are found under the men's basketball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.