Knights Unable to Keep Pace in Loss to Saints
DULUTH, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team started strong, but were unable to overcome a 16-4 run by St. Scholastica in a 73-57 loss to the Saints.
The game was a tale of two halves for MLC on the offensive end, as the Knights shot 53.3 percent from the field in the first half, but were held to 29.6 percent in the second half. The Knights were never able to stop the Saints, who shot 59.6 percent from the field for the game.
The Knights started the game on a roll, taking a 12-0 lead in the first five minutes, but the Saints would respond with a 12-0 run of their own to tie the game, and then took a slim lead throughout the rest of the half on the way to a 38-35 halftime lead.
MLC was able to tie the score at 44-44 at the 15:26 mark of the second half after a Jared Matthies (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) lay-up, but the Saints went on their big run over the next seven minutes to push their lead to 12 at 60-48. The Knights were able to get the lead inside double figures for a short time, but were unable to keep it there as the Saints closed the game.
Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) led the way for the Knights with 22 points, while Matthis joined him in double figures with ten. Justin Danell (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) finished with nine points and five rebounds for MLC.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-6 in UMAC play, while St. Scholastica improved to 6-11 for the season and 3-3 in conference action.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, January 23, when it plays at Northland. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.[BOX SCORE]