Men Drop One Late to Northland
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to hold on to a lead late in the second half in a 56-55 loss to Northland.
The game was close throughout, with the two teams tied 25-25 at the break, and also with 11 ties 13 lead changes throughout the game.
MLC was ahead by two points with 2:41 remaining, but a lay-up from Ryan Cannata of the Lumberjacks tied it up, and a three-pointer by Michael Mackey put Northland up three with just under two minutes to play at 56-53.
The Knights had several opportunities down the stretch, and Derick Rosenbaum (Phoenix, Ariz./MLS) cut the deficit to one with a putback with 39 seconds to play, but a turnover on an out of bounds play with six seconds remaining spoiled the last good opportunity the Knights had. Rosenbaum was able to get a half-court heave in the final second off, but it didn't go down.
The Knights struggled offensively to find a go-to scorer on the night, with several of their big guns struggling from the floor. Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) led the way with 13 points. Much of the other scoring came from the bench, which contributed 24 points on the night, led by Rosenbaum with nine points.
With the loss, the Knights dropped to 7-15 overall and 4-9 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 5-19 on the season and 3-10 in conference play.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, February 20, when it plays its final game of the regular season against St. Scholastica at home. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.[BOX SCORE]