ASHLAND, Wis. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team shot a season-best 56.7 percent from the field on the way to a 70-60 win at Northland College on Saturday.
The Knights (4-12, 3-2 UMAC) dominated the first half, shooting 60.9 percent from the field while holding Northland to 25.9 percent on the way to taking a 36-17 halftime lead.
Galen Holzhueter led MLC with 10 points in the half, while Luke Rothe had five assists to go with four points.
MLC built its lead to 22 points at 50-28 with 9:58 to play before the Lumberjacks made a run, cutting the Knights' lead to 52-42 with 6:41 to play. But MLC held strong to secure the win.
Todd Brassow finished as the leading scorer for the Knights with a career-high 19 points, leading four players in double figures. Holzhueter finished with 15 points, while Rothe and Craig Wilke each added 11 points.
Rothe finished one assist shy of a triple double with 10 rebounds and nine assists to go with his 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
The Knights earned their first road win of the season, snapping a seven-game road losing skid to start the year.
The Knights will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Minnesota-Morris.
ASHLAND, Wis. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to defeat Northland College 57-49 on Saturday.
Neither team shot better than 40 percent in either half, but the Knights (7-8, 4-1 UMAC) led most of the way thanks to a defensive effort that held the Lumberjills to 25.8 percent shooting from the field for the game. MLC also forced 18 Northland turnovers, which led to 18 points on the other end.
Northland held a 19-18 lead midway through the first half, but the Knights finished on a 16-5 run to take a 34-24 lead into the break.
The Knights continued their run to start the second half, scoring 12 of the first 16 points to push their lead up to 18 and never allowed the Lumberjills to cut their lead to less than eight the rest of the way.
Alex Anthon finished as the only player in double figures for MLC with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with a game-high six assists.
The win helped the Knights remain tied atop the UMAC standings with three other teams with one more weekend to go in the first half of the conference season.
The Knights will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Minnesota-Morris.