First Half Deficit Leads to Loss for MLC Men
WAVERLY, Iowa - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to overcome a 16-point halftime deficit in an 84-68 loss at Wartburg Saturday.
After the Knights scored to open the game, Wartburg used a 12-0 run to take control on the way to a 36-20 halftime lead. The Knights struggled offensively, shooting 34.8 percent from the field and committing ten turnovers as they tried to find a rhythm.
MLC was able to get into the game offensively in the second half, shooting 63.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc, but was unable to generate enough stops to get back into the game. Wartburg also had a big offensive half, shooting 59.3 percent from the field to help hold off the Knights for the win.
Galen Holzhueter led the way for MLC with 20 points, giving him three straight games with at least 20. Kaleb Buch and Luke Rothe added 13 and 11 points, respectively, while Austin Eisenmann led the MLC bench with eight points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-8 on the season, while Wartburg improved to 5-3.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, December 18, when they host Marian in a game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.