Second Half Rally Falls Short in Loss to NWC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team gave first place Northwestern a run in the second half, but lost to the Eagles 74-62 Saturday in the last home game of the season.
The first half featured nine lead changes, but the Eagles closed with a 10-2 run over the final three minutes to take a 35-27 lead into the break.
NWC would continue to build its lead in the opening minutes of the second half, pushing its advantage to 20 points at 56-36 with 12:09 to play.
Trailing 60-41 with 9:44 to play, the Knights would roar back in front of their home crowd for the final time this season. MLC went on an 18-2 run over the next 4:34, cutting the Eagle lead to 62-59 with 5:10 to left in the game.
That would be as close as the Knights would get, however, as NWC responded with a 12-3 run to end the game, holding MLC to just one field goal in the final minutes.
Luke Rothe led MLC with 18 points and added four assists. Galen Holzhueter added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Danell grabbed ten rebounds to go with his six points.
MLC dropped to 4-19 on the season and 3-9 in UMAC play with the loss, while Northwestern improved to 17-6 overall and 10-2 in league play with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, February 15, when they travel to Crown for a game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.