Big Run Sparks 74-59 Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The men's basketball team rode a 16-0 run in the middle of the first half to take down Colorado College by the score of 74-59 Saturday afternoon.
The Knights trailed 12-8 with 14:29 to play in the first half when they started their run. MLC held the Tigers scoreless for the next five minutes and 27 seconds, while five different MLC players scored.
MLC continued to control the game throughout the rest of the first half with strong play at both ends, pushing the lead to 17 points at halftime.
Offensively, the Knights shot 53.1 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the three-point line. Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) paced the team with nine points, while Nathan Bauer (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) and Justin Eternick (Waterloo, Wis./Lakeside) each poured in eight points on a combined 6-7 from the floor.
Defensively, MLC tied the Tigers in knots with pressure, forcing 11 first half turnovers while Colorado College shot just 29.7 percent from the floor.
The Knights started slow in the second half, making just two of their first 11 shots, but never allowed their lead to get below eight before quickly pushing it back into double figures and cruising to the win.
Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) finished with a team-high 19 points on just seven shots from the field, going 5-7 from the floor and 7-7 from the charity stripe. Kolander also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
MLC was balanced offensively throughout the game. Holzhueter and Bauer attacked the rim and finished with 15 and 14 respectively, with Holzhueter also chipping in with seven rebounds and five steals.
With the win, MLC snapped a six-game losing skid, and improved to 2-7 on the season. Colorado College fell to 5-3 with the loss.
The Knights will be off over the holiday break, and will return to action on Friday, January 8, when they host Northwestern for a 7:30 p.m. tip.[BOX SCORE]