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Threes Do Knights in against Bethany

last modified 2010-01-12 10:10 PM

NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men held much of Bethany's offense in check, but was unable to contain them from beyond the arc, where the Vikings nailed ten three-pointers in a 76-65 win over MLC.

Threes Do Knights in against Bethany

Ryan Kolander had 17 points and 13 rebounds against Bethany

Bethany guard Tommy Saffert was the main weapon from the outside, scoring 31 points and hitting six of his 12 attempts from the three-point line. As a team, Bethany shot 10-25 from beyond the arc.

The Knights got off to a slow start, as they turned the ball over seven times in the first seven minutes of the game, while Saffert hit three early three-pointers to give Bethany the early edge.

MLC would come back near the end of the half, finishing the first stanza on a 12-4 run over the final six minutes to turn a 12-point deficit into a four-point deficit at 31-27 going into the half.

The Vikings got off to another strong start in the second half, scoring 13 of the first 17 points after the break to take a 13-point lead after just four minutes.

MLC would make several mini-runs, but were never able to keep the lead inside of double figures before the Vikings iced the game away at the foul line.

Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) led the Knights with 17 points and 13 rebounds, six of which came at the offensive end. Jared Matthies (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) also had a strong offensive outing, scoring 14 points and grabbing five rebounds. Leading scorer Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) was held to eight points, but dished out five assists and added two steals.

With the loss, MLC fell to 2-10 on the season and 0-5 in UMAC play, while Bethany improved to 2-13 overall and 2-3 in the league.

The Knights will return to action next Friday, Jan. 22, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a 7:30 p.m. game.


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