Strong Second Half Not Enough for MLC Men
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team played strong second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 23-point halftime deficit in an 89-71 loss to Wartburg Friday.
Wartburg's size posed problems for the Knights in the first half, as they dominated the basket area with a 36-10 advantage in points in the paint and shot 60 percent from the field to take a 52-29 halftime lead.
MLC raised it's intensity in the second half offensively, shooting 51.6 percent from the field with the help of 23 points from Galen Holzhuter on the way to outscoring Waldorf 42-37 in the last 20 minutes, but the Knights weren't able to get the game into single digits to make one final push.
Wartburg finished the game shooting 61 percent from the field, and had 28 assists on 36 made field goals.
Holzhueter led the Knights with a career-high 30 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and going 12-15 from the free throw line, while Craig Wilke also had a career-high with ten points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-9 on the season, while Wartburg improved to 6-5.
MLC will return to action on January 10 when it hosts Bethany Lutheran College at 7:30 p.m.