Men Pick Up First UMAC Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team picked up its first win of the conference season Friday night over St. Scholastica by the score of 83-77.
The Knights trailed 42-40 at the break after a first half that featured a number of runs, leading to seven ties and six lead changes.
MLC came alive in the second half with the help of the crowd, which started to roar when junior Galen Holzhueter reached the 1,000 point milestone with a free throw early in the half, but CSS would run its lead to ten points at 55-45 to put the Knights in a hole.
The Knights would fight back with the help of big three-pointers from Luke Rothe and Kaleb Buch, as well as strong minutes off the bench from first-year guard Todd Brassow.
MLC took the lead for good with 6:56 to play in the game on a thunderous dunk by Josh Danell off a pass from Kaleb Buch, giving the team a 66-65 lead and spurring an 11-0 run that was capped by a corner three-pointer from Rothe to give the Knights a 73-65 lead they wold not relinquish the rest of the way.
Rothe finished the game with a game-high 24 points and added six assists, while Holzhueter scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Justin Eternick and Kaleb Buch chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Danell added eight points and seven rebounds.
MLC finished the game shooting 44.3 percent from the field, and also took excellent care of the ball with only six turnovers in the game.
MLC improved to 2-13 overall and 1-3 in the UMAC with the loss, while CSS dropped to 5-10 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, January 19) when they host Northland College for a game scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.