MLC Men Win Second Straight
Ashland, Wis. - The MLC men's basketball team grinded out a win in a defensive struggle at Northland Friday night, beating the Lumberjacks 70-63.
Neither team shot the ball well, with MLC finishing with a shooting percentage of 39.7 compared to 36.4 percent from Northland.
The Knights did take advantage of an advantage inside, however, outscoring the Lumberjacks 26-16 inside the paint, and also getting to the free throw line 34 times in the game (shooting 18-34).
Northland jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but the Knights took command of the game with a 17-2 run, covering a stretch of six minutes where the Lumberjacks were unable to make a field goal. MLC would finish the half with a 29-24 lead, with Galen Holzhueter leading the way with nine points for the Knights.
The Lumberjacks were able to cut the MLC lead to three points with 13:07 to play in the second half, but never came closer the rest of the way. MLC went 13-22 from the charity stripe in the second half, making enough down the stretch to put the game in the win column.
Holzhueter finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-18 shooting. Luke Rothe added 12 points, while Kaleb Buch lead the Knights with nine rebounds, three steals and four assists to go with six points.
With the win, MLC improved to 4-16 on the season and 3-6 in UMAC play, while Northland dropped to 2-17 overall and 1-8 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, February 2, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a game scheduled to start at 5 p.m.