Men Lose Home Opener to Viterbo
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team lost its home opener to Viterbo by the score of 89-77 Thursday night.
The V-Hawks were efficient on the offensive end throughout, shooting 52.3 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and not committing a turnover for the first 30 minutes of action.
The Knights matched them offensively for much of the night, shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and turning the ball over only 11 times, but were not able to slow down the V-Hawks from building a big lead early in the game.
Viterbo jumped out to a 45-31 halftime lead thanks to six three-points in the first stanza and 26 combined points from big men David Shepard and Cole Lewis.
The V-Hawks continued their hot shooting, building the lead as high as 23, but the Knights fought back thanks to 18 second half points from Galen Holzhueter, as well as nine points off the bench from Josh Lindner. MLC cut the deficit to eight points inside the final minute, but were unable to get any closer as the clock ran out.
Holzhueter led MLC with 26 points, while Luke Rothe added 18 points, ten rebounds and six assists. The Knights also received strong contributions from the bench, with Lindner scoring 16 points and Austin Eisenmann blocking four shots.
MLC fell to 0-3 on the season in defeat, while Viterbo improved to 4-2 with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, December 3, when they travel to Buena Vista.