Free Throw Shooting Costs MLC in Loss to Crown
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team struggled from the foul line, helping Crown build a double-digit first half lead they would hold the rest of the way in an 85-76 loss for the Knights.
Crown outscored MLC 27-14 for the game from the charity stripe, and made all but six of its attempts. The Knights went 14-30 from the line for the game, including going 3-12 in the first half.
While missed opportunities from the charity stripe hurt the Knights, foul trouble also played a role. Galen Holzhueter picked up his third foul with the Knights trailing 25-23 with 9:51 to play in the first half, and the Storm quickly took advantage, going on a 14-3 run on the way to taking a ten-point halftime lead.
The Knights hung around in the second half, cutting the deficit to only three with under four minutes to play at 68-65, but the Storm answered them with an 8-0 run to push the lead back into double digits before icing the game away at the free throw line.
Holzhueter finished with 20 points and added six assists and five steals, while Justin Danell also finished with 20, setting a new career-high, and added 12 rebounds. Justin Eternick had 18 points off the bench, finishing the day 7-10 from the field and 4-7 from beyond the three-point arc.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-17 on the season and 0-7 in league play, while Crown improved to 4-14 overall and 3-4 in the UMAC.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, January 31, when it travels to Bethany for a game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.