Huge First Half Lifts Knights
NEW ULM, Minn. - The men's basketball team shot 70.4 percent from the floor in the first half to take a commanding 14-point halftime lead, and then held on down the stretch in a 76-70 win over Minn.-Morris Friday night.
The Knights broke open a 29-29 game with 6:44 left in the first half by finished the period on a 19-5 run to take a 48-34 lead going into the break.
MLC received contributions from everyone, as they shot 19-27 from the floor, 4-4 from beyond the three-point arc and 6-8 from the charity stripe. Jared Matthies (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) led the team with 12 first half points, while Derek Rosenbaum (Phoenix, Ariz./MLS) and Justin Eternick (Waterloo, Wis./Lakeside) combined for 16 points in the half off the bench.
The Knights cooled down in the second half, shooting 28.6 percent from the field and making just six field goals in the half, but they dook advantage of their opportunities from the free throw line. In the final 20 minutes, MLC went 15-21 from the line.
Four MLC players finished in double figures, with Matthies leading the way with 17 points. Greg Holzhueter finished with 15 points, nine of which came from the free throw line, while Rosenbaum and Nathan Bauer (Lake Mills, Lakeside) had 11 and ten points apiece.
With the win, MLC improved to 6-14 overall on the season, and 3-8 in the UMAC, while the Cougars dipped to 10-11 overall and 6-5 in the conference.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, February 13, when they host Presentation for a 5 p.m. game.[BOX SCORE]