Men Lose at Luther
DECORAH, Iowa - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team lost at Luther College Tuesday by the score of 83-69.
The Knights led for much of the first half thanks to a strong offensive performace. MLC shot 56.0 percent from the field for the half, with Luke Rothe leading the way with 12 points on 5-7 shooting.
MLC held a 27-26 edge with five minutes to play in the half until the Norse went on a 13-6 run to take a 39-33 halftime lead.
Luther would build on that lead in the second half as the MLC offense shot 40 percent after the break. The Knights cut the deficit to as low as four early in the half, but were never able to get closer.
Galen Holzhueter battled early foul trouble to lead the Knights with 20 points and eight rebounds. Rothe finished with 18 points to go with three assists and two steals, while Austin Eisenmann, Mike Paulsen and Josh Lindner each scored seven points off the bench for the Knights.
MLC finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the floor. Luther shot 48.3 percent overall, but did much of its damage from long range, shooting 10-26 from beyond the three-point arc compared to 2-11 shooting by the Knights.
The Knights fell to 0-7 on the season with the loss, while Luther improved to 5-3 with the win.
MLC will return to action on Thursday, December 12, when they travel to Dakota State for a 7 p.m. game.