Men Pick Up First UMAC Win
NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team picked up its first win of the conference season Friday night over St. Scholastica in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action by the score of 83-77.
The Knights trailed 42-40 at the break after a first half that featured a number of runs, leading to seven ties and six lead changes.
MLC came alive in the second half with the help of the crowd, which started to roar when junior Galen Holzhueter reached the 1,000-point milestone with a free throw early in the half, but CSS ran its lead to 10 points at 55-45 to put the Knights in a hole.
Holzhueter, a junior, became the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Holzhueter also joins his brother Greg Holzhueter (2007-11) as part of the 1,000-point club at MLC.
The Knights fought back with the help of big 3-pointers from Luke Rothe and Kaleb Buch, as well as strong minutes off the bench from first-year guard Todd Brassow.
MLC took the lead for good with 6:56 to play in the game on a thunderous dunk by Josh Danell off a pass from Kaleb Buch, giving the team a 66-65 lead and spurring an 11-0 run that was capped by a corner three-pointer from Rothe to give the Knights a 73-65 lead they wold not relinquish the rest of the way.
Rothe finished the game with a game-high 24 points and added six assists, while Holzhueter scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Justin Eternick and Kaleb Buch chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Danell added eight points and seven rebounds.
MLC finished the game shooting 44.3 percent from the field, and also took care of the ball with only six turnovers in the game.
MLC improved to 2-13 overall and 1-3 in the UMAC with the loss, while CSS dropped to 5-10 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
The Knights return to action today when they host Northland College for a game scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Late First Half Run Pushes Saints Past Knights
NEW ULM - The MLC women's basketball team lost 79-70 to St. Scholastica in the UMAC home opener Friday night.
The two teams battled back and forth for much of the first half, but the Saints closed the half on a 10-0 run over the final 4:41 before the break to take a 38-29 lead.
MLC came back in the second half with a help of sophomore guard Alex Anthon, who scored all 17 of her points after the break. Anthon led a charge that helped the Knights overcome a lead that grew as large as 13 points early in the half to tie the game at 59-59 with 5:44 to play.
The Saints held strong, however, executing offensively on the way to a 11-2 run over the next three minutes to build their lead back to nine and close out the Knights.
Rebecca Engelbrecht tied Anthon for team-high honors with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor. Anthon added a game-high six assists, while Leah Nass came off the bench to lead the team with seven rebounds.
CSS was led by Erin Fuse's 19 points, while Danica Schellbach finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, leading a rebounding effort that helped the Saints outscore the Knights 19-4 in second-chance points.
MLC dropped to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in the UMAC with the loss, while CSS improved to 5-10 on the season and 2-2 in league play.
The Knights will return to action today when they host Northland College for a game scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.