Late Second Half Run Pushes Northland Past Knights
ASHLAND, Wis. - The MLC men's basketball team played Northland tough, but a late second half run by the Lumberjacks was enough to hold off MLC in an 84-72 Northland win.
MLC faced double digit deficits in both halves, trailing by 12 points at 19-7 early in the first half before rallying to take a 26-24 lead in the final minutes of the first stanza before going into the break trailing 32-28.
In the second half, Northland built a 15-point lead at 60-45, but the Knights came within two points at the 5:25 mark on a Justin Eternick three-point shot.
The Lumberjacks responded with a run of their own, however, with a 12-4 run over the next four minutes. While the Knights continued to fight to stay in the game in the final minutes, Northland iced the game by making its last 13 shots from the free throw line to hold off MLC.
Nathan Bauer led MLC with 21 points, while Galen Holzhueter and Justin Eternick added 19 and 14 points, respectively. Holzhueter also added a team-high six rebounds.
The Lumberjacks shot the ball very well throughout the game, finishing at 59.2 percent shooting from the field, including 66.7 percent shooting (16-24) in the second half. Northland also shot the ball well from beyond the three-point arc, finishing 6-11 for the game, while MLC went 5-23 from downtown.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-10 overall, and 0-2 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 3-9 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, January 15, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a 5 p.m. game.