Early Deficit Too Much to Overcome for MLC
WAVERLY, Iowa – The MLC men’s basketball team was unable to slow down the Wartburg offense in an 86-68 loss Friday night.
Wartburg shot 58.2 percent from the field for the game compared to MLC’s 40.9 percent, and also shot a lights-out 56 percent from beyond the three-point line, making 14-25 attempts. MLC also shot well from distance, going 9-18 on three-point attempts.
Wartburg took charge from the opening tip, jumping to a 30-9 lead in the first 12:40 of play. MLC made a run to cut the deficit to 15 points at 38-23 with 2:46 to play in the half, but Wartburg finished with an 8-3 run in the final minutes to take a 46-26 lead into the break.
The second half was more of the same for Wartburg, which started the half on a 16-4 run in the opening minutes to take a 32-point lead.
MLC tried to come back, cutting the deficit inside 20 points in the final minutes, but were unable to make up enough ground to get back in the game before the final buzzer.
Justin Eternick led a group of four MLC players in double figures with 19 points, and also added six rebounds. Greg Holzhueter, Nathan Bauer and Galen Holzhueter all finished with ten points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-5 on the season, while Wartburg improved to 4-5 with the win.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (December 11) when it travels to Dubuque for a 4 p.m. game.