Second Half Cold Stretch Leads to Loss at BLC
MANKATO, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team held a second half lead, but a seven-minute cold stretch proved costly in a 79-67 loss to Bethany Lutheran College Tuesday night.
The Knights held a four-point lead at 54-50 with 10:31 to play following a Todd Brassow layup, but the Vikings would go on a 14-2 run over the next 7:07 to take an eight-point lead they would hold the rest of the way for the win.
During that stretch, the Knights went seven minutes without making a field goal, while BLC made two three-point field goals and four free throws to take and extend the lead.
MLC trailed 37-33 at the half, but Galen Holzhueter helped push the Knights ahead. Holzhueter started the game 1-5 from the field, but made his next seven shots to help give the Knights their four-point lead with just over ten minutes to play.
Luke Rothe tried to keep the Knights in the game following the Vikings' run, scoring nine points in the final 3:24, but it wouldn't be enough to catch BLC down the stretch as the Vikings held on for the win.
Holzhueter finished with a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists. Brassow and Rothe finished in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Rothe also added a team-high five assists and seven rebounds.
With the loss, MLC fell to 4-15 on the season and 3-5 in the UMAC, while BLC improved to 5-14 overall and 4-4 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action on Friday, February 7, when it hosts Northland College. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.