Dordt runs past MLC

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team knows that the grind of the difficult nonconference schedule is over.

The Knights dropped to 0-10 on the season with an 80-56 loss to probably their toughest opponent yet, Dordt College, which is ranked 12th in the latest NAIA poll.

MLC did slow the pace of the game down against a team that came into Thursday’s contest averaging about 92 points per game. That slower style helped the Knights outscore Dordt 41-38 in the second half.

“I think we reaped the benefits in the second half, we only had two turnovers and we pushed when we could,” MLC coach Jim Unke said. “The idea going in was we knew this team had 14 wins and five of their games they scored over 100 [points]. We wanted to slow the game down and frustrate them a little bit.”

Galen Holzhueter led the Knights with 20 points and six rebounds. Todd Brassow finished with nine points and Craig Wilke scored seven points.

The Defenders (15-1) were led by Alex Terpstra, who had 17 points. Austin Katje had 13 points and Bryan Sumner finished the game with 11 points.

Katje’s 3-pointer with 15:20 left in the first half gave the Defenders a 9-4 lead and they never looked back. A Terpstra 3 made it 17-6 and another 3 by Terpstra stretched the lead to 30-13. Dordt took a 42-15 lead into halftime.

While the first half was frustrating for the Knights, they fared better in the second half. They committed only two turnovers and shot 47 percent from the field.

“We found out that we can play at a different pace,” Unke said. “We picked it up, but we picked it up without being sloppy. It was a good way to end before Christmas.”

MLC got a lift in the second half from some of the bench players. Michael Paulsen and Ben Edmundson each scored six points for the Knights.

“It provides some depth,” Unke said. “Ben Edmundson is a great outside shooter, if he comes in and hits a couple of shots, he’s an effective guy. He have some role players and we look for these guys to be able to perform when we need them to. But I’ve been extremely happy with how hard these guys have worked.”

The Knights get a breather in the schedule. They host Maranatha in another nonconference game on Thursday, Jan. 9. After that, they host Bethany Lutheran College on Jan. 11 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference opener, something the team looks forward to.

“It’s huge,” Unke said of the break. “The guys are tired, their legs are tired, we’re off for a while and I believe that this will be a whole different team.”

Dordt (80)

Lindbergh 3-4 0-0 6; Franken 3-7 2-3 8; Den Herder 0-2 1-2 1; Rindels 1-2 1-2 3; Katje 5-7 0-0 13; Sumner 4-7 1-2 11; Knoblauch 1-4 1-2 3; Terpstra 6-11 0-0 17; Vos 1-2 0-0 2; Boer 0-3 0-0 0; Gogg 1-1 0-0 2; Ver Meer 3-3 2-2 8; Top 0-0 0-0 0; Broersma 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 30-55 10-15 80.

MLC (56)

Holzhueter 9-17 2-6 20; Wilke 2-6 2-2 7; Rothe 2-10 0-3 4; Brassow 4-9 1-1 9; Paulsen 3-4 0-0 6; Edmundson 2-5 0-0 6; Lindner 1-4 0-0 2; Schoenherr 0-1 0-0 0; Neumann 0-1 0-0 0; Koelpin 1-1 0-0 2; Uhlhorn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 5-12 56.

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