Inside Edge Pushes Cougars Past Knights
MORRIS, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team shot well from the outside, but the inside power of Minnesota-Morris was enough to push the Cougars past the Knights 79-72 Friday night.
MLC outscored the Cougars 30-0 from beyond the three-point arc, shooting 10-21 for the game while holding UMM to 0-14, but were outrebounded 38-22 for the game. The Cougars had 12 offensive rebounds, leading to 21 second chance points, and also outscored MLC 48-18 in the paint.
MLC took a four-point halftime lead at 38-34 after a hot shooting start, going 7-11 from beyond the arc.
UMM climbed back into the game by getting to the foul line after the Knights put them into the bonus early in the half. The Cougars finished the game 25-31 from the charity stripe, compared to MLC's 10-15 shooting from the line. In the second half, UMM shot 19-24 on free throws.
The second half went back and forth, but the Cougars were able to hold onto a one-point lead in the final minutes with six clutch free throws to end the game, while holding the Knights scoreless down the stretch.
MLC had four players in double figures, led by Justin Eternick's 13 points. Nate Bauer had 12 points and seven assists, while Galen Holzhueter and Jake Unke has 12 and ten points, respectively. Greg Holzhueter finished with seven assists to go along with nine points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 5-13 on the season and 4-5 in the UMAC, while UMM improved to 11-9 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 5) when they travel to Presentation for a 5 p.m. game.