Knights Fall in Season Finale
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to take down conference leader Northwestern in a 54-52 loss Saturday.
The game was physical both ways, which affected the offense of both teams. The Knights shot 36.4 percent from the field for the game, while Northwestern shot 29.0 percent.
The Eagles were able to make up the difference at the foul line, where they outscored MLC 14-6, and also in the turnover battle, where they forced 18 MLC turnovers while committing ten of their own.
After the first half finished in a 29-29 tie, the two teams exchanged runs to start the second half, with the Knights starting it on a 11-2 run to take a 40-31 lead before the Eagles responded with a run of their own of 11-0 to take a 42-40 advantage around the midway point of the half.
The game went back and forth the rest of the way, and Justin Danell pulled the Knights to within one point at 53-52 on a three-pointer with two minutes to play, but the Eagles held MLC without a point down the stretch to wrestle home the victory.
Nate Bauer finished as the leading scorer for the Knights with 18 points, while Greg Holzhueter and Danell joined him in double figures with 15 and ten points, respectively. Holzhueter also added a team-high seven rebounds. Brian Lecheler led NWC with 14 points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 8-16 on the season and 7-7 in the UMAC, while Northwestern improved to 19-6 overall and 13-1 in conference play.
These two teams will go at it again in the first round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament, with Northwestern hosting MLC on Wednesday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.