FORT WAYNE – For a while Tuesday, it seemed Northrop, missing Purdue recruit Bryson Scott, was going to escape with a big SAC home win against Concordia. But then the fourth quarter happened.
The Cadets’ defense clamped down on the Bruins in the fourth for a 63-53 victory.
Concordia (2-0, 2-0 SAC) outscored Northrop (1-1, 0-1 SAC) 18-6 in the fourth quarter, holding the Bruins to 1 of 16 shooting from the field.
Scott, who committed to the Boilermakers on Sunday, has missed nearly two weeks with a sprained ankle.
Going into the season, I thought Northrop was going to be a top-three team in the SAC, and Bryson not playing is a big difference, Concordia coach Josh Eggold said.
Northrop led 47-45 behind Bryson’s twin brother, Brenton, who scored 26 of his game-high 30 points in the first three quarters. But the Cadets put Marq Rogers on Scott and Brian Dixie Morris on Jason Jordan (six points), and the two Bruins struggled the rest of the way, Scott making 1 of 8 shots and Jordan missing all six.
One of the things that changed the game was our defensive adjustment, Eggold said. Brian just came up huge for us, and he really frustrated (Jordan).
Ryan Gross led the Cadets with 14 points, and Rogers, Michael Starks and Kasey Oetting each added 10.
Northrop coach Barak Coolman said there is no timetable for Bryson Scott’s return.
There is no sense in rushing him back too soon, Coolman said. We are going to let him get in shape and play. When he gets cleared to start practicing, we will go from there. A lot of our offense revolves around three penetrating guards, and when you take one out, it doesn’t quite work.
The Cadets took their first lead at 51-49 with 6minutes left in the game.