ST. PAUL, Minn. – Anthony Moody scored 29 points and Jordan Wilhelm added 19 to lead 24th-ranked University of Mary to its 13th consecutive win, defeating Concordia-St. Paul 79-72. U-Mary remains just a game out of first place in the Northern Sun Conference.
In a game that featured a wide-open second half after a defensive-minded opening period, the Marauders improved to 20-4 overall and 16-4 in the NSIC to remain one game back of Minnesota State. Concordia dropped to 14-10 and 11-9, sixth in the conference standings.
The fourth-ranked team in the Central Region, the Marauders reached the 20-win mark for the first time in a decade. U-Mary last registered 20 wins in 2000-01.
Moody, who became the 16th player in Marauders history to score 1,000 career points, scored just four points and made only 2 of 10 shots in the first half before torching the Golden Bears defense after intermission. Moody posted 25 points in the second half, hitting all 12 free throw attempts and sinking 3 of 5 3-point attempts. For the game, the Appleton, Wis., native added three steals and two assists. He now has scored 1,013 points in two seasons at U-Mary.
Wilhelm scored 11 of his 19 points in the first half. The senior guard hit four treys in the game and made 5 of 6 free throw attempts.
Damon Smith added 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks. The junior center made all four field goal attempts. Cameron Lee and Eric Erdmann both added nine points and three assists. Lee also had two steals and two blocks.
Brent Barz led the Golden Bears with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Peter Olafeso had 17 points and Kenny Olafeso added 10.
The Marauders broke open a tight game early in the second half.
Tied at 40-40 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game, U-Mary went on a 16-3 run to build a 13-point lead. Lee broke the tie with his lone trey and Moody then hit a 3-pointer after a CU turnover. After Barz converted a three-point play, Lee stole the ball and sailed in for a layup. Moody hit two free throws and Lee tipped in an offensive rebound for a nine-point lead. Two more Golden Bear turnovers resulted in U-Mary layups by Alex Dorr and one by Moody.
Ahead 56-43 with 10 minutes remaining, the closest the Golden Bears would get the rest of the way was five points with 1:22 left in the game. Moody hit four free throws in the final 44 seconds to preserve the Marauders win.
U-Mary forced 19 turnovers while committing just seven and a 23 of 28 effort at the free throw line to 12 of 14 for CU. The Golden Bears had a 42-23 edge on the boards.