Knights Lose by 12 at Macalester
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team dropped its sixth straight game of the season in an 81-69 loss at Macalester Monday night.
The first half featured a series of runs, as the Knights played the Scots to a 9-6 deficit in the early going until Macalester went on a 13-6 run to push the MLC deficit to ten points at 22-12 at the midway point of the first half.
MLC would respond with a run of its own, though, tying the score at 26-26 after a 14-4 in which six different Knights scored. The Scots would close the first half on a 6-2 run of their own, however, to take a 32-28 lead into the half.
The two teams traded baskets to begin the second half, with Justin Danell (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) nailing two from downtown to tie the score at 34-34 in the opening minutes.
Macalester would take over from there, taking back the lead and slowly building it into double digits over the next seven minutes as the MLC defense was unable to stop the Scots or continue on their offensive pace from the beginning of the half.
Holzhueter led the Knights with 18 points on the day, while Danell and Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) joined him in double figures with 11 and ten points, respectively. Josh Danell (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) came off the bench with seven points and a team-high five rebounds for the Knights, who shot 38.5 percent from the floor for the game.
Macalester was solid offensively throughout, shooting 53.6 percent from the field for the game. They finished with four players in double figures, led by Kyle Hamblett's 19 points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-7 on the season. The Knights will return to action on Saturday, December 19, when they host Colorado College for a 5 p.m. game at MLC.[BOX SCORE]