Knights Lose Late at North Central
MINNEAPOLIS - The MLC men's basketball team was unable to hold a lead late in the game at North Central in a 74-73 loss Saturday evening.
The Knights, who held the lead for much of the game, were unable to ice the game late at the free throw line, missing four straight from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to give the Rams a chance late.
NCU would take advantage, as Nathan Roeder stepped up to the free throw line with his team trailing 73-72 with just under two seconds to play, and nailed both to give his team the lead and the game.
MLC was in control for much of the game, leading by as much as 19 in the first half before settling for a 41-28 halftime edge.
The Knights continued to hold the lead throughout the second half, leading all the way until the final seconds when Roeder gave his team the lead for good.
The Rams were able to take advantage of the free throw line throughout the game, outscoring the Knights 14-7 for the game. Both teams shot well from the field, with MLC finishing at 45 percent while NCU shot 44 percent.
All five starters finished in double figures for MLC, led by Justin Eternick's 15 points. Galen Holzhueter and Josh Danell scored 11 and ten points, respectively, and each also grabbed eight rebounds.
Roeder finished as the game's high-scorer with 34 points on 12-25 shooting, although the Knights limited him to 3-12 shooting from beyond the arc.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-13 on the season and 0-3 in the UMAC, while North Central improved to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, January 18, when it plays host to St. Scholastica in a game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.