Knights unable to Hold Off Hot-Shooting Northwestern
ST. PAUL - The MLC men's basketball team held a seven-point halftime lead, but was unable to overcome a three-point shooting barrage from Northwestern in an 82-70 loss Friday night.
MLC controlled the action for much of the first half, breaking a 12-12 tie in the early going with an 11-1 run on the way to a 44-37 lead at the break.
The Eagles came out firing in the second half, erasing the seven-point MLC lead with a 9-2 run in the first 1:13 of the half to tie the game 46-46.
The Knights continued to battle, but the three-point shooting from the Eagles was just too much. NWC finished the game 13-28 (46.5 percent) from beyond the three-point arc, outscoring MLC 39-12 from distance. Four of the Eagles' five starters made at least two three-pointers on the night.
The other offensive numbers for the two teams were close, with MLC shooting 38.7 percent from the field and turning the ball over ten times, while the Eagles shot 41.3 percent overall and also finished with ten turnovers. Northwestern finished with the edge on the glass, outrebounding the Knights 49-43 overall and 19-15 on the offensive end.
Galen Holzhueter finished with a team-high 20 points for MLC, and also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Luke Rothe and Kaleb Buch joined him in double figures with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
The Knights dropped to 1-12 on the season and 0-2 in the UMAC with the loss, while NWC improved to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, January 12, when it travels to North Central for a 5 p.m. game.