Free Throws Push Eagles to Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team made more two and three-point field goals, but were outscored 22-8 at the free throw line in a 73-65 loss to Northwestern Friday night.
MLC shot poorly in the first half, but hung around by grabbing seven offensive rebounds and turning the ball over just four times in the first half.
The Knights tied the 25-25 with 4:32 remaining in the first stanza, but the Eagles would close the half with an 11-2 surge with the help of seven free throws to put the MLC deficit at 36027 going into the half.
The Knights started the second half strong, scoring 12 of the first 16 points of the half to cut the lead to one at 40-39, but the Eagles would respond with a run that pushed the edge back into double figures.
MLC challenged several times with scoring runs to cut into the deficit, but were never able to get over the hump, as the Eagles' Stephen Hanson scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to help keep the Knights at bay.
Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) led MLC with 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, while three others joined him in double figures. Nathan Bauer (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) scored 12 points and added four assists, while Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) and Jared Matthies (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) scored 11 and ten points respectively.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the UMAC, while Northwestern improved to 7-6 and 2-1 in conference action.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Jan. 9) when they host Crown for a 5 p.m. game.[BOX SCORE]