Men Lose in Double Overtime at Viterbo
LA CROSSE, Wis. - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to hold late leads in regulation and overtime in an 85-77 loss at Viterbo Tuesday night.
The V-Hawks took advantage of the foul line to make up for MLC's strong shooting offensively, outscoring the Knights 29-4 from the charity stripe. MLC shot 40 percent from the free throw line for the game, compared to Viterbo's 74.4 percent.
The Knights finished the game shooting 49.3 percent from the floor, but committed 20 turnovers, compared to ten for Viterbo. The V-Hawks shot 44.1 percent from the field.
MLC took control of the first half with a 9-2 run to take an eight-point lead at 22-14 with 6:30 to play on the way to a 26-20 lead heading into the break. Justin Eternick led the team with 12 points in the half.
MLC continued to lead for most of the second half, and held a 59-53 lead with 1:39 to play, but Viterbo outscored the Knights 8-2 to close regulation, with Alex Diciaula hitting a three-pointer for the V-Hawks with 21 seconds remaining to tie the score at 61-61.
The Knights jumped out to a four-point lead to start the first overtime, but the V-Hawks' Jasper Duberry hitting a lay-up with 21 seconds left to force the second overtime stanza.
Viterbo took a big lead in the early stages of the second overtime, scoring the first eight points on two made field goals and four free throws, and then held off the Knights the rest of the way for the win.
Eternick led four MLC players in double figures with 24 points. Nathan Bauer had 14 points, while Scott Henrich and Galen Holzhueter each had 12. Jake Unke finished with nine points, and also added eight assists.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-5 on the season, while Viterbo improved to 1-8.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, December 10, when they travel to Wartburg for a 7 p.m. game.