Men Unable to Hold First Half Lead at UMM
MORRIS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team was unable to overcome a strong Minnesota Morris effort on the glass and beyond the arc in a 78-67 loss Friday night.
The Knights shot 45.6 percent from the field for the game, but were outscored 27-12 beyond the three-point arc and 22-10 in second-chance points, as the Cougars won the rebounding battle 38-29 for the game.
Things started well for MLC, as they finished a back-and-forth first half with a 34-33 lead thanks to 51.7 percent shooting from the field and 12 Galen Holzhueter points.
UMM was able to take the lead at 40-38 with 17:22 to play in the game, and immediately gave itself a cushion with an 8-1 run to push its lead up to nine points less than five minutes into the second half.
The Knights hung around the rest of the way, cutting the deficit to five with 2:57 to play following a pair of Luke Rothe free throws, but weren't able to get any closer as the Cougars made the plays down the stretch to put them away.
Holzhueter finished with a team-best 22 points to go with 12 rebounds, while Rothe joined him in double figures with 18 points and added six assists and five rebounds.
MLC fell to 4-13 on the season and 3-3 in UMAC play in defeat, while UMM improved to 11-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference with the win.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 1) when they travel to Crown for a game scheduled to start at 5 p.m.