Men's Basketball claims 65-61 victory over Siena Heights

Men's Basketball claims 65-61 victory over Siena Heights

(Adrian, MI) – Concordia men's basketball went on the road Wednesday night to face rival Siena Heights.  The Cardinals jumped out to a fast start and weathered a late SHU comeback effort to clinch the 65-61 win. 

Kip French led the team with 12 points.  Colton Ritsema was second with 10 points.  Matt Lockhart had a team-high 10 rebounds along with 6 points. 


Zackary Johnson had the first Cardinal basket with a 3-pointer.  Nate Brighton tacked on a triple and Matt Lockhart scored in the paint.  Kip French added two free throws and Zac Clark scored a layup as the teams traded baskets.  After a 12-12 tie, Concordia used an 8-0 run capped by two baskets from Jayden Priddy to lead 20-12 at the 9:15 mark. 

Mike Bruce extended the lead with a triple and Colton Ritsema scored inside.  Bruce converted in the paint and Jayden Priddy scored with a floater for a 29-18 advantage.  Colton Ritsema hit a triple and both Mike Bruce and Devyn Jones made jumpers.  A late 3-pointer from Nate Brighton put CUAA up 39-28 at halftime. 


Devyn Jones scored a floater to open the second half.  Zackary Johnson and Kip French splashed triples to give the Cardinals their largest lead with a 47-31 advantage.  Siena Heights began to rally with a 13-2 run, trimming the lead to just 49-44. 

Kip French drained two free throws and a 3-pointer to push Concordia back ahead.  Colton Ritsema made a pair of inside baskets and Matt Lockhart scored for a 62-51 lead.   

The Saints continued to tighten the game with a 10-1 run in the closing minutes, using a triple to pull within 2 points with 12 seconds remaining.  Two critical free throws from Jayden Priddy secured the game for the Cardinals in a 65-61 victory. 


Concordia will return home this Saturday to host Rochester at 3pm.