Second Half Comeback Falls Short at Lakeland
SHEBOYBAN, Wis. - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to take advantage of a career-high 28 points for guard Kaleb Buch in a 98-93 loss at Lakeland College Friday night.
The Knights found themselves trailing 53-39 at the half and fell behind by as many as 20 points early in the second half, but stormed back to take a one-point lead at 77-76 on a Luke Rothe lay-up from Buch.
The Knights held the lead until the Muskies tied the game at 85-85. Lakeland held a one-point edge at 89-88 heading into the final minute, but scored two quick baskets off a jumper and a fast break dunk and then held on for the win.
Buch finished with a career-best 28 points and ten rebounds, and also added five assists and four steals. He finished the game 11-16 from the field overall and 5-7 from beyond the three-point arc.
Three other MLC players joined him in doubled figures, led by Galen Holzhueter's 18 points. Luke Rothe and Austin Eisenmann added 13 and 11 points, respectively, while Ben Edmundson played another strong game off the bench with eight points on 3-6 shooting in ten minutes of action.
With the loss, MLC finished its non-conference portion of the schedule with a record of 1-10, while Lakeland improved to 8-2 with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, January 8, when they travel to Bethany Lutheran for the start of the UMAC season.