MLC Men Score Season High in Loss to Bethel
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team set a new season high in points offensively, but was unable to contain the hot-shooting Royals in a 93-80 loss to Bethel Saturday.
The Knights got off to a slow start against the bigger Royals, as Bethel took an early 11-2 lead before MLC moved to a zone to help protect the paint. The Royals would make them pay for that decision, knocking down seven shots from beyond the three-point arc in the half, but the Knights were able to keep the deficit within reach at 46-36 thanks to 45.2 percent shooting from the field overall and 20 points combined from Galen Holzhueter and Luke Rothe.
Bethel pushed its lead to 11 at 49-38 early in the second stanza, but the Knights would respond with a 15-4 run over the next 5:23 to tie the game at 53-53 with 13:51 to play.
MLC didn't stop there, continuing its surge on the way to a three-point lead at 62-59 following a Holzhueter three-point play with 10:58 left in regulation.
The Royals responded, shutting down the MLC offense over the next 4:17 to spur a 10-0 run that gave them a seven-point lead with over six minutes to play. The Knights were able to cut the deficit to five, but never closer as BU pulled away down the stretch for the win.
The biggest difference in the game was the three-point shooting for the Royals, who finished 11-24 (45.8 percent) from beyond the arc compared to 7-19 (36.8 percent) shooting from distance for the Knights. Three different players for Bethel finished with three made three-pointers, and the Royals finished the game with 22 assists on 32 made field goals.
Holzhueter finished with a new season-high 29 points on 12-22 shooting from the field, and also led the Knights with seven rebounds. Rothe set a new career best with 22 points and added two steals and two blocks, while Josh Danell finished with ten points and six rebounds.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-6 to start the season, while Bethel improved to 4-4 with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Monday, December 10, when they host Saint John's in a 7 p.m. game.