MLC Men Finish Season on High Note
NEW ULM, Minn. - At the end of a season filled with disappointing losses, the Martin Luther College men's basketball team finished its season on a high note with a 71-66 win over Minnesota Morris Saturday.
The Cougars entered the game with hopes of tying for the regular season conference championship, and the two teams went back-and forth throughout the first half (seven lead changes and six ties), but the Knights surged ahead with a 12-3 run to end the first half with a 38-29 lead.
UMM quickly pulled to within four in the early going of the second half, but MLC pushed its lead up to 12 thanks to strong offensive play from Galen Holzhueter, Todd Brassow and Luke Rothe.
The Cougars made another run to cut the MLC lead to five with 8:52 to play, but the Knights responded with a quick 6-0 run to build the lead back into double digits, which they would hold the rest of the way.
Playing in his final game for MLC, Holzhueter went out in style, scoring 27 points on 11-17 shooting from the field, and also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
Facilitating much of the offense was Rothe, who set a new career-high with 11 assists against only one turnover, and also scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Brassow didn't get the start in favor of senior Ben Edmundson, but came off the bench to score 16 points on 8-12 shooting.
The Knights finished the season 6-19 overall and 5-9 in the UMAC, while UMM dropped to 16-9 on the season and 10-4 in league play.