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First Half Deficit Leads to Loss against St. Scholastica

last modified 2012-01-14 07:21 PM

NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men’s basketball team was unable to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit in a 69-61 loss to College of St. Scholastica Saturday evening.

First Half Deficit Leads to Loss against St. Scholastica

Craig Wilke had ten points in MLC's loss to CSS

The Knights started strong, taking an early 8-5 lead, but a 10-2 run by the Saints gave them the lead, which they built to 31-23 at the end of the half.

CSS put the Knights on their heels to start the second half, scoring the first seven points to push the MLC deficit to 15 points, the biggest of the game.

MLC would regroup, bringing the deficit as low as six points on several occasions with chances to put pressure on the Saints down the stretch, but turnovers and timely baskets by Brett Tester and Chris Hamers of CSS helped the Saints to the final margin of victory.

MLC shot 31.3 percent in the first half, but recovered to shoot 48.3 percent in the second half. Galen Holzhueter scored 17 of his team-high 24 points in the second half for the Knights.

Josh Danell and Craig Wilke joined Holzhueter in double figures with 14 and ten points, respectively, while Danell also added a team-high eight rebounds. Tester led CSS with 24, while Hamers finished with 20 to help lead the Saints.

With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-12 overall and 0-3 in UMAC play, while CSS improved to 5-9 on the season and 2-1 in conference action.

MLC will return to action on Friday, January 20, when it travels to Presentation for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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