Threes Do Knights in against Bethany
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.
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.[BOX SCORE]