Men Lose Home Opener to Waldorf
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team struggled offensively on the way to a 70-52 loss to Waldorf Monday night.
Galen Holzhueter scored a career-high 28 points on 10-19 shooting from the floor, but the rest of the team combined to shoot 6-41. As a team, the Knights shot 26.7 percent for the game.
Defense ruled the day in the first half for both teams, as the Warriors held a 30-21 lead after the first 20 minutes despite the Knights holding them to 33.3 percent shooting and forcing nine turnovers. The Knights shot 22.6 percent from the floor in the half, and also committed 14 turnovers.
The offense picked up for both teams in the second half, as the Warriors shot 47.1 percent compared to 31.0 percent for MLC, and the Knights went 13-18 from the foul line to stay in the game for much of the way, but they were unable to get enough shots to fall in order to make a run down the stretch on the way to the loss.
Holzhueter scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half, going 7-11 from the field and making all five of his free throw attempts.
Joe Lindloff, Josh Danell and Josh Lindner each scored six points, with Lindloff also adding four assists and six rebounds. Justin Danell had a game-high 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play.
MLC dropped to 0-3 on the season with the loss, while Waldorf improved to 4-2 with the win.
MLC will return to action on Wednesday, November 30, when it hosts Viterbo for a game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.