Men unable to Overcome Early Deficit in UMAC Opener
MANKATO, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team fell behind early and was never able to come back in an 85-49 loss at Bethany Lutheran in the conference opener Tuesday.
The Knights never led in the game, as the Vikings jumped out to a 24-7 lead early in the first half and continued to build off that momentum on the way to a 47-20 halftime lead.
MLC was able to generate better offense in the second half, but was never able to get within striking distance as the Vikings held on the rest of the way for the win.
BLC was able to control most statistical categories in the game, shooting 46.5 percent from the field and outscoring the Knights 33-6 from beyond the three-point arc thanks to 11-29 shooting from distance for the game.
Offensively, the Knights turned the ball over 20 times, and finished shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Galen Holzhueter finished as the high scorer for MLC with 12 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Justin Eternick finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-11 overall and 0-1 in the UMAC, while BLC improved to 3-8 on the season and 1-0 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action on Friday, January 11, when it travels to Northwestern (MN) for a game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.