MLC Men Lose in Double Overtime at NCU
MINNEAPOLIS - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team lost 108-102 in a marathon double overtime game at North Central University Friday night.
Galen Holzhueter set the new MLC record for career free throws made and scored 27 points in a loss at NCU
MLC led 46-38 at the half, but saw its lead quickly disappear as the Rams started the second half on a 12-2 run.
The two teams traded the lead throughout the second half, but the Knights found themselves trailing 82-79 in the final ten seconds before Austin Eisenmann sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer with nine seconds to play in regulation.
The Knights had a great opportunity in the first overtime, leading 91-84 with 2:21 to play, but the Rams came back to tie the game at 93-93 with the help of a pair of three-pointers and three free throws, as well as several MLC turnovers to send the game into a second overtime.
MLC once again took an early lead in the second overtime at 97-95 after a pair of Todd Brassow jumpers, but the Rams scored the next eight points to take the lead, and then finished the game off at the free throw line to keep the Knights from coming back.
Galen Holzhueter played all 50 minutes for MLC and finished with a game-high 27 points and ten rebounds in the loss, and also set the new MLC record for free throws made in a career (326), breaking his brother Greg Holzhueter's previous mark of 319. Holzhueter's also tied women's basketball player Erica Babinec's total of 1,644 points for most by an MLC basketball player.
Brassow finished the game with 22 points on 10-16 shooting from the field, while Mike Paulsen had 11 points to go with eight assists and eight rebounds. Luke Rothe added 15 points and five assists before fouling out early in the first overtime period.
The Knights dropped to 5-17 overall and 4-7 in the UMAC with the loss, while NCU improved to 10-10 on the season and 4-7 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 15) when it travels to Northwestern. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.