Knights Fall to Cougars in High-Scoring Affair
MORRIS, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to contain the UM-Morris offense in a 104-90 loss Saturday evening.
MLC was led by Greg Holzhueter's (Mankato, Minn./MVL) 25 points. Holzhueter also added five assists. Nathan Bauer (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) added 16 points and five helpers.
The Cougars took a nine-point halftime lead at 52-43 after a huge first half by Eric Dalby. Dalby had 22 points on 6-9 shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes. He also made four of his five attempts from beyond the arc and all six of his attempts from the free throw line. As a team, UMM shot 53.1 percent from the floor in the first half.
MLC stayed in the game with the help of 12 points from Holzhueter, and also a strong showing from the bench, which contributed 22 points. Joe Lindloff (Saginaw, Mich./MLS) led the bench group with nine of his 11 points in the half.
UMM continued their hot-shooting in the second half, getting into the paint and getting good shots or forcing fouls. For the game, the Cougars outscored MLC in the paint 50-30.
Bauer did his best to keep the Knights within striking distance early in the second, making three straight shots to help cut the deficit to four points, but the Cougars went on several runs in the next ten minutes to push the MLC deficit to 20.
MLC made a late run after the deficit reached 20, holding UMM without a field goal for more than four minutes to cut the Cougar lead to 11 at 99-88, but were unable to complete the comeback.
After Dalby controlled the first half scoring for the Cougars, they featured a more balanced attack in the second, finishing with seven players in double figures. Dalby led the way for UMM with 27 points. For the game, the Cougars shot 56.5 percent from the floor and also went 28-38 from the charity stripe.
With the loss, MLC fell to 1-4 for the season and 0-2 in UMAC play, while UMM improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in league action.
The Knights will get back in action on Tuesday, December 8, when they host Viterbo for a 7:30 game that will follow the MLC women's game.[BOX SCORE]