Paulsen scores 30 but MLC men fall to UW-Superior

Men’s basketball

UW-Superior 73, MLC 70

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Sophomore forward Ian Paulsen scored a career-high 30 points, but the Martin Luther College men’s basketball team fell just short of its first road win of the season in a 73-70 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss at UW-Superior on Saturday.

Paulsen finished the game 14-of-20 from the field and also led the Knights in rebounds (eight), assists (four) and steals (three). He scored 20 of his points in the first half on 9-10 shooting to help the Knights enter the halftime break with only a three-point deficit at 36-33.

MLC was efficient on the offensive end in the second half, shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from beyond the 3-point arc as they traded the lead back and forth with the Yellowjackets throughout the half.

Trailing by two in the final minute, the Knights were unable to make several attempts to tie or take the lead, and then one final three-point attempt at the buzzer missed the market to give UWS the win.

The Knights outscored the Yellowjackets by 18 points from beyond the three-point arc, but UWS did its damage at the free throw line (outscoring the Knights 17-2) and off MLC turnovers (18 points off nine MLC miscues).

Richard Eckmann was the team’s second-leading scorer with 13 points. TJ Babinec had a strong game off the bench with 11 points with the help of three 3-point field goals.

MLC fell to 1-9 overall and 1-3 in UMAC play with the loss. UWS improved to 3-8 on the season and 1-3 in league play with the win.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, December 30, when they travel to Luther College for a game scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m.

Women’s basketball

UW-Superior 87, MLC 39

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The MLC women’s basketball team was unable to keep pace with two-time defending UMAC Champions UW-Superior in an 87-39 loss on Saturday.

The Yellowjackets were trouble for the MLC offense throughout the game as they held the Knights to 21.8 percent from the field and also forced 28 MLC turnovers (leading to 33 UWS points on the other end).

UWS jumped on top from the start, winning the first quarter 24-11 before building the lead the next three quarters on the way to the win.

Grace Schultz led MLC with 11 points and seven rebounds. Sydney Cody added seven points off the bench for MLC.

The Knights fell to 4-8 overall and 2-2 in UMAC play in defeat. UWS improved to 8-2 this season and 4-0 in UMAC play with the win.

MLC will return to action in the new year when it hosts St. Scholastica in a game on January 3. That game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.