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Comeback Falls Short for MLC Men

last modified 2011-12-08 09:50 PM

NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to erase a big second deficit with a furious late comeback in an 82-77 loss to North Central Thursday night.

Comeback Falls Short for MLC Men

Justin Danell had 11 rebounds in a five-point loss to NCU

The Knights got off to a strong start, leading the Rams 7-2, but a 15-0 North Central run put the Knights on their heals.

After taking a 44-34 lead into the half, NCU built a 20-point lead at 70-50 with 10:28 to play.

The Knights stormed back with a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to eight, and then cut it to three on two occasions in the final minute of play, but were never able to get over the hump.

MLC shot 43.5 percent from the field, compared to the Rams' 48.4 percent, but were able to hang around with the help of 22-26 shooting from the free throw line.

Galen Holzhueter led the scoring charge with 27 points, while Joe Lindloff added 14 and four assists. Ben Edmundson came off the bench to give the Knights a second half spark, scoring all 11 of his points in the second half.

North Central was led by Nathan Roeder, who scored a game-high 34 points and added 14 rebounds. Andrew Berndt added 25 points for the Rams.

With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-6 on the season, while North Central improved to 4-4.

MLC will return to action on Saturday, December 10, when it travels to Bethel for a game scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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