MLC men suffer rough 90-55 loss to Bethany Lutheran

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau MLC’s Ian Paulsen (21) attacks the bucket against a swarm of Bethany Lutheran defenders in Wednesday’s UMAC matchup at MLC.

NEW ULM — Bethany Lutheran College remained perfect in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play on Wednesday after soundly defeating Martin Luther College 90-55 in men’s basketball action.

MLC (1-8, 1-2) was outrebounded 54-36 in the game, and that wasn’t the only concern for the Knights, as they were just 3 of 13 at the charity stripe for 23.1 percent. Bethany (5-5, 3-0) made 19 of 25 free throws for 76 percent.

MLC shot 36.8 percent from the floor, while Bethany shot 47.8 percent. The Knights hit on just two 3-pointers during the game, both by Richard Eckmann, who finished the game with 8 points and five boards.

Ian Paulsen led the Knights with 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Also for MLC, Jacob Price added 7 points and four rebounds, while Kenton Fabian, TJ Babinec and Jared Witkowiak chipped in 6 points each.

The Knights looked steady through the first chunk of the first half, taking a 20-14 lead after a layup by Witkowiak and a jumper by Babinec. After a Knights’ turnover, a jumper by Neil Eichten gave the Vikings a 23-22 lead with 11:48 left in the first half.

The Bethany lead began to swell as the Vikings closed out the final 8:39 of the half on a 24-3 run to lead 49-29 at halftime.

A layup by Austin Bauer gave the Vikings a 25-point lead with 16:45 left to play in the game. Bradley Rose later increased the Bethany lead to 67-37 on a 3-pointer with 11:26 remaining.

Paulsen and Eckmann put in back-to-back buckets for MLC less than two minutes later, but the Knights were never able to get closer than 26 after that.

The Vikings had five players in double digits for points on the night. Trenton Krueger scored 15 points for Bethany, while Bradley Rose had 14, Jake Dale and Eichten added 12 each and Brady Rose chipped in 10.

MLC travels to play UW-Superior at 3 p.m. on Saturday.


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