Crown Storms Back to Top Knights in Overtime
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team was unable to hold an 18-point first half lead in a 92-88 overtime loss to Crown Friday night.
The Knights jumped on top of the Storm early, taking a 33-15 lead with just over two minutes to play in the first half thanks to a 14-0 run that held the Storm scoreless for nearly nine minutes of action.
MLC finished the first half shooting 58.1 percent and held a 37-27 halftime lead, but the warning signs were there for an offensive explosion for Crown, which made three straight three-pointers in the final two minutes of the half after starting the game 1-15 from beyond the arc.
Crown would continue its hot shooting after halftime, making 12 of 22 attempts from downtown in the second half. Bryce Williams and James Brown combined to start the game 0-5 from beyond the three-point line, but made 13 of their next 19 three-point attempts against the MLC zone defense that had stifled them in the first half.
Trailing 80-78 down the stretch, Todd Brassow was able to send the game into overtime with a driving lay-up with ten seconds to play.
A Mike Paulsen three-pointer gave MLC an 86-85 win with three minutes to play, but the MLC defense was unable to solve the Storm offense down the stretch as they held off the Knights.
Crown finished the game 18-43 from beyond the arc, making 17 of their final 28 attempts. MLC countered with a 54-20 advantage in points in the paint, but it wouldn't be enough to hold off the Storm.
Galen Holzhueter led MLC with 24 points and 18 rebounds, while Brassow finished with 20 points on 10-17 shooting. Luke Rothe set a new career high with ten assists to go with his 16 points.
The Knights fell to 5-19 on the season and 4-9 in the UMAC in defeat, while Crown improved to 11-13 overall and 8-5 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 22) when it hosts Minnesota Morris for a game scheduled to start at 5 p.m.