Knights Come Through Down Stretch in Win over NCU
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team held off North Central down the stretch to earn their second conference win of the season by the score of 79-73.
The Knights were led by Galen Holzhueter, who scored 28 points on 11-18 shooting. The Knights finished the game shooting 50 percent as a team, and also held NCU to 44.3 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers.
The first half featured ten lead changes and six ties, but the Knights pulled away towards the end of the half with six straight points to take a 39-33 edge into the second half.
The Rams came back to start the half and tied the score at 63-63 with 4:15 to play in the contest, but the Knights responded with a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Michael Paulsen to create the distance they would need to hold off the Rams the rest of the way.
MLC did much of its damage in the paint, outscoring the Rams 42-26. Austin Eisenmann also gave the Knights an advantage off the bench, scoring 12 points to go with four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes of action.
The Knights finished with assists on 23 of 31 baskets in the game, with Luke Rothe leading the way with seven. Paulsen added six, while Eisenmann and Josh Lindner each had three off the bench.
MLC improved to 3-11 on the season and 2-1 in league play with the win, while NCU dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in the UMAC in defeat.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, January 24, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.