MLC Men unable to Overcome First Half Deficit at BLC
MANKATO, Minn. – The MLC men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit in an 83-66 loss at first place Bethany Tuesday night.
Galen Holzhueter had a big first half for the Knights, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds, but Bethany was still able to hold a 39-27 lead at the half thanks to eight MLC turnovers and 12 Viking offensive rebounds.
The Vikings started the second half with a 9-2 run, and eventually built the lead as high as 21 points to put the Knights in a bigger hole.
MLC battled back, however, cutting the deficit to ten in the final minutes, but was unable to get closer as the Vikings held on for the win.
Holzhueter finished the night with 23 points, shooting 9-17 from the floor, and also grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. Justin Danell and Craig Wilke joined him in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-18 overall and 0-8 in the UMAC, while Bethany improved to 10-9 on the season and 8-0 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, February 3, when it hosts UM-Morris for a 7:30 p.m. game.