Knights Roll Past Lumberjacks
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team jumped on Northland College early and never led up in a 68-43 win Friday night.
MLC finished the day shooting 56.9 percent from the field, and shot better than 50 percent in both halves. The Knights also held down the Northland offense, forcing 15 turnovers as the Lumberjacks shot 34.6 percent from the floor.
The Knights led 11-7 in the early going, and then took control for good with a 21-6 run over a ten-minute stretch in the first half on the way to a 38-22 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same, as MLC pushed its lead as high as 29 points with 7:50 to play in the game before cruising to the final 25-point win.
Todd Brassow scored a career-high 23 points in the win, with 14 coming in the first half on 7-9 shooting. Brassow would finish the game 10-14 from the field, and also added five rebounds.
Galen Holzhueter scored 14 points for the Knights, making seven of his 11 attempts and also grabbing nine rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Holzueter did much of his work in the paint, helping the Knights outscore Northland 44-18 in the painted area. For the game, MLC also doubled the Lumberjacks on the glass, outrebounding them 42-21 with a 13-8 edge in offensive rebounds.
Mike Paulsen and Luke Rothe each finished with ten points for MLC, with Paulsen also grabbing seven rebounds to go with six assists and five steals.
MLC improved to 5-15 on the season and 4-5 in the UMAC with the win, while Northland fell to 3-16 overall and 1-8 in league play in defeat.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 8) when they play St. Scholastica. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.