Knights Earn First Win against MBBC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team earned its first win of the season by the score of 81-65 against Maranatha Baptist Bible College Thursday night.
The Knights set a new season high with 81 points scored, and also set a new season best by holding the Crusaders to 65 on the night.
MLC led by two at the half, and pulled away in the second half thanks to a 24-8 edge in points in the paint, 12 second chance points, and eight fast break points.
Galen Holzhueter finished with a game-high 26 points, moving himself into second place on the school's all-time scoring list and becoming the second player in school history to score at least 1,400 career points.
Holzhueter did much of his damage inside the paint, posting up the Crusdaer defenders and earning 15 free throw attempts (making ten). He also led all players with 13 rebounds in the game.
The Knights received contributions up and down the roster in the win. Todd Brassow scored 16 points on 7-13 shooting, while point guard Michael Paulsen led the team with six assists, four steals and two blocks to go with his seven points and five rebounds.
Austin Eisenmann led the Knights off the bench with nine points and added four rebounds and four assists, while Ben Edmundson (seven points) and Josh Lindner (three assists) also made plays at key moments.
MLC finished the game shooting 48.3 percent from the field, and held MBBC to 35.4 percent.
The Knights improved to 1-10 on the season with the win, while MBBC fell to 1-9 in defeat.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, January 11, when it hosts Bethany Lutheran for a game scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. A reminder that Saturday's game will be a double header, with the men playing first and the women following at 5 p.m.