Hot-Shooting Storm Take Down Knights
NEW ULM, Minn. - The men's basketball team was unable to defend down the stretch as they lost an 86-75 affair with Crown Saturday night.
Crown broke open a game that was tied at 36-36 at the half by scoring 50 second half points on 72 percent shooting from the field, including 57 percent shooting from beyond the arc. They also shot 77 percent from the foul line to hold off the Knights down the stretch.
The Knights were also efficient offensively, shooting 50 percent from the floor for the game, compared to 55.4 percent for the Storm. The biggest difference came at the three-point line, as the Storm finished the day 9-20, while MLC went 3-15.
MLC took a brief five-point lead at 52-47 after a 7-0 run, but Crown answered right back with an 8-0 run of its own to take the lead.
With the game tied at 67-67 near the five minute mark, the Storm made one final push that the Knights were unable to counter, outscoring MLC 12-2 over hte next three minutes to take a ten-point lead and command of the game.
The Knights put five players in double figures offensively, led by Jared Matthis (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) and Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) with 13 apiece. Holzhueter also added six assists, while Matthis had five rebounds.
Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) had a big night in several areas, scoring 12 points and adding ten rebounds and seven assists. Justin Danell (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) and Nathan Bauer (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) finished with 11 and ten points, respectively.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-9 on the season and 0-4 in league action, while Crown improved to 3-11 overall and 3-1 in UMAC play.
MLC will return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 12, when it hosts Bethany. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., and will follow the MLC women's game.[BOX SCORE]