Clutch performance by Miller puts the Eagles over No. 2 Concordia

Biola men’s basketball beat Concordia 73-71, coming out on top at the end of the game.

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Mike Villa

Senior Beacon Schroeder steps off the court to high-fives from fans after Biola beat previously undefeated Concordia 73-70 in the basketball game on Tuesday night. | Mike Villa/THE CHIMES

Mark Aguirre, Writer

Senior Beacon Schroeder steps off the court to high-fives from fans after Biola beat previously undefeated Concordia 73-70 in the basketball game on Tuesday night. | Mike Villa/THE CHIMES
Editor’s Note: Rankings have been updated to reflect national standings.

Staring at the No. 2 team, the No. 15 Biola Eagles came out determined to take down undefeated Concordia. Home court and a night game in the red filled Chase Gymnasium were all advantages in Biola basketball’s 73-71 victory.

Last month the better eagle flew higher as Biola fell to Concordia by a score of 89-66. This time the men’s team did not look back as they came out strong as senior Nate Rakestraw drained a jumper to score the first points of the game.

Biola’s crowd rallied their team on throughout the first half. Despite the noise of the crowd, Concordia fought back and finished the half in the lead with a score of 35-30. Both teams battled and defense was the key to success for Biola.

In the second half, Biola’s senior Dwight Gordon wasted no time in responding to Concordia’s 3-pointer. Unfortunately, Biola trailed their opponent for almost the whole second half. However, the game changed drastically with seven minutes to go in the final half.

Senior Josh Miller, in clutch fashion, revived Biola’s hopes for a win by shooting a rainmaker from downtown. This made all the difference as Biola continued to fight back and again Miller stole the spotlight as he shot a three from long range with five seconds putting the game in the hands of Biola.

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