The Concordia men’s basketball team held on to win 86-82 in a close game against Ottawa University on Saturday. Sophomore Bradley Bennett came up big time, making eight of his nine 3-point attempts, finishing with 24 points.
The first half began with back and forth scoring. Concordia had a 22-21 point lead with 8:39 left in the first half. That was the last lead that Concordia would see in the first half. Sophomore Noah Shutte finished the first half with 13 points.
Coming out of the half, Concordia trailed Ottawa 46-42. Concordia was able to tie up the game at 51 apiece with 17:45 left in the game. Ottawa led from that point on until the last five minutes of the contest.
With 4:52 on the clock Concordia tied the game at 71 on a Bennett 3-pointer. After the five minute mark Concordia scored 18 points. Bennett had nine of the 18, with three clutch 3-pointers, while Shutte tallied eight points of his own.
Shutte put the game away once Concordia was sent to the free throw line. He finished 12-13 from the charity stripe, helping him get 26 points on the night.
With this win the Bulldogs are now 2-0 on the season. The team will travel to Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday, Nov. 12 to take on Briar Cliff in their first Great Plains Athletic Conference game of the year.