Greg Holzhueter Breaks Assists Record in Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team shot just 28.6 percent from the field, but still beat Northland 59-39 on the strength of a strong defensive performance in a game which also saw guard Greg Holzhueter break the career record for assists at MLC.
Holzhueter came into the game with 354 career assists, just two shy of the school record held by Jeff Dolan, and finished with five helpers to set the new record. Holzhueter previously broke the record for steals and made free throws in a career at MLC.
The Knights held the Lumberjacks to just 25.9 percent shooting for the game, and also forced 26 turnovers.
Both teams struggled offensively against physical defenses, as the Knights finished 20-70 from the field, while Northland fnished 14-54.
MLC took a 17-point lead into the half after shooting 35.3 percent from the floor, and also holding Northland to just six made field goals.
The second half started slow for the Knights, as they didn't make their first basket for over five minutes of play as they watched the Lumberjacks cut the lead to ten points, but the Knights methodically built the lead back as high as 22 points with continued strong defense and enough offense to carry them home.
Galen Holzhueter finished the game with 14 points, while Nate Bauer added 12. Justin Eternick led the Knights with eight rebounds to go along with his eight points.
With the win, MLC improved to 7-14 overall and 6-6 in the UMAC, while Northland dropped to 3-20 on the season and 1-11 in league play.
MLC will return to action Tuesday (February 15), when it travels to North Central for a double header of men's and women's basketball starting at 5:30 p.m., with the men tipping off around 7:30 p.m.