Eagles Hold off Knights
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team battled throughout the game, but were unable to overtake Northwestern in an 84-76 loss Friday night.
The Eagles led for most of the game, and iced the game away by going 9-12 from the free throw line in the final two minutes. For the game, NWC outscored MLC 23-7 from the foul line, and went 15-19 in the second half.
Northwestern also won the turnover battle, committing just seven for the game while forcing 16 MLC miscues.
MLC outshot the Eagles from the floor, shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the three-point arc, compared to the Eagles' 45.8 percent from the floor and 35 percent from distance.
Northwestern took control in the middle of the first half with an 18-5 run to push a two-point lead up to 15, leading to an 11-point halftime lead at 46-35.
MLC was able to cut the deficit as low as seven multiple times in the second half, but were never able to get closer down the stretch.
Galen Holzhueter led MLC with a career-high 22 points, while Greg Holzhueter and Nate Bauer each had 17. Bauer also added nine assists, while Josh Danell had a team-best nine rebounds. Brian Lecheler led the way for NWC with 23 points and ten assists.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 3-12 on the season and 2-4 in the UMAC, while the Eagles improved to 11-6 and 5-1 with the win.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, January 29), when they travel to Crown for a double header of men’s and women’s basketball starting at 3 p.m., with the men beginning around 5 p.m.