MLC men, women each suffer defeat at hands of UMM

Women’s basketball

UMM 89, MLC 39

MORRIS — The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team was unable to slow down the hot-shooting Minnesota Morris Cougars in an 89-39 loss on Wednesday.

The Cougars shot 59.6 percent overall for the game and also made six of their 12 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. UMM also took advantage of 22 MLC (1-13, 1-5) turnovers, turning them into 29 points on the other end.

UMM jumped out to an early lead, and then outscored MLC 28-10 in the second quarter to take a 46-17 halftime advantage on the way to the win.

Sarah Dewey scored a career-high 14 points in defeat for MLC, while Emily Witkowski added 9 points. Faith Otte led the Knights with four assists to go with her 7 points.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Northwestern for a game scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.

Men’s basketball

UMM 77, MLC 67

MORRIS — The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a poor stretch to end the first half in a 77-67 loss at Minnesota Morris on Wednesday.

The Knights (5-9, 2-4) and Cougars battled back and forth in the first half, with Nate Lindloff pulling the Knights within 1 point at 26-25 with 4:37 to play. UMM closed the half with a 10-0 run, however, with the help of four MLC turnovers to take a 36-25 lead into the break.

MLC kept within striking distance and cut the deficit into single digits several times in the second half, but was never able to get closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Cougars held on for the win.

Four MLC players finished in double figures, led by Richard Eckmann with 14 points. Austin DeNoyer added 12 points, while Ian Paulsen finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, when they play at Northwestern in a game scheduled to tip off at 4:45 p.m.

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