Knights Start Slow in Loss to Central
NEW ULM, Minn. - The men's basketball team struggled on both ends of the floor in the first half of their Friday night game against Central and were never able to come all the way back in an 80-67 loss.
The Knights shot 26.5 percent from the floor (9-34) in the first half, while they were unable to slow down the Dutch on the other end, who shot 54.3 percent from the floor (19-35) as Central took a 47-32 lead into halftime.
The Knights stayed in the game with an improved effort on both ends, holding the Dutch to 38.5 percent shooting from the floor in the second half, and pushed the deficit under ten on several occasions, but were never able to complete the comeback in the loss.
Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) led the way for the Knights with a game-high 22 points, and also added four assists and two steals. Jared Matthies (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) joined him in double figures with ten points and also swiped two steals. Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
Central featured a balanced offensive attack and put four players in double figures, led by forward Mark Holan's 20 points on 7-11 shooting from the field. The Dutch also hurt the Knights on the glass, out-rebounding them 44-33 for the game and out-scoring MLC 46-26 in the paint.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-5 on the season, while Central improved to 7-2.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Dec. 12), when it travels to Bethel for a 3 p.m. game.[BOX SCORE]