Knights Fall against Northwestern
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team saw its two-game win streak snapped in a 58-54 loss to Northwestern (MN) Friday night.
The Knights held a 31-26 halftime edge, but the Eagles would take the lead with 16:05 to play in the second half and never relinquish it the rest of the way thanks to 15-20 shooting from the charity stripe in the second half while they held the Knights to 35.7 percent shooting after the break.
Galen Holzhueter helped keep the Knights within striking distance with 16 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, helping him break the school's career scoring record with a three-point play with 5:01 to play in the game to cut the deficit to four points.
MLC would cut the deficit to three inside the final minute and had a chance to tie in the final ten seconds, but the Eagles forced a turnovers before the Knights could get a final shot attempt off.
The Eagles finished the game with an 18-5 edge at the free throw line, helping make up for the Knights' advantage from the field.
Todd Brassow joined Holzhueter in double figures with ten points, while Luke Rothe finished with nine assists and eight rebounds. Both Austin Eisenmann and Michael Paulsen finished with four steals for MLC.
MLC fell to 2-11 on the season and 1-1 in the UMAC in defeat, while UNW improved to 5-8 overall and 2-0 in league play with the win.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, January 18) when they host North Central. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.