Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss over Central
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team was outscored 29-6 in the final 11 minutes of an 82-58 loss to Central Friday night.
The Knights trailed by just one point at 53-52 with 10:51 to play in the game, but were held to one field goal the rest of the way. Central picked up the pace offensively throughout the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.
MLC kept things close in the first half, with Galen Holzhueter leading the way with 15 points on 6-11 shooting to keep the Knights within four at the break.
Austin Eisenmann gave MLC a boost off the bench early in the second half, scoring eight points on 3-4 shooting (including making both three-point shots) to give the Knights a chance until Central pulled away down the stretch.
MLC finished the game shooting 31.3 percent from the field, and also struggled from the foul line as it shot 52.6 percent (10-19). Central shot 45.7 percent for the game, and also outrebounded the Knights 50-42.
Holzhueter finished with a game-high 21 points for the Knights, while Eisenmann added 13. Kaleb Buch led the Knights with nine rebounds, four steals and added four assists, while Luke Rothe had ten points and five assists.
MLC dropped to 1-7 with the loss, while Central improved to 7-3 with the win.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, December 15) when they travel to Wartburg for a game scheduled to start at 4 p.m.