Northwestern hangs on to defeat MLC men, MLC women win
NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team saw its two-game win streak snapped in a 58-54 loss to Northwestern Friday night.
The Knights held a 31-26 halftime edge, but the Eagles would take the lead with 16:05 to play in the second half and never relinquish it the rest of the way thanks to 15-of-20 shooting from the charity stripe in the second half while they held the Knights to 35.7 percent shooting after the break.
Galen Holzhueter helped keep the Knights within striking distance with 16 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, helping him break the school’s career scoring record with a three-point play with 5:01 to play in the game to cut the deficit to four points.
MLC cut the deficit to three inside the final minute and had a chance to tie in the final ten seconds, but the Eagles forced a turnovers before the Knights could get a final shot attempt off.
The Eagles finished the game with an 18-5 edge at the free throw line, helping make up for the Knights’ advantage from the field.
Todd Brassow joined Holzhueter in double figures with ten points, while Luke Rothe finished with nine assists and eight rebounds. Both Austin Eisenmann and Michael Paulsen finished with four steals for MLC.
MLC fell to 2-11 on the season and 1-1 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in defeat.
The Knights return to action at 3 p.m. today when they host North Central.
Balanced Scoring Helps MLC Women Hold Off
NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in league play with an 88-82 win over Northwestern Friday night.
The Knights finished with five players in double figures, with Brittney Gossen leading the way with 22 points. Gossen made five of 11 shots from the field, and also went 12-15 from the free throw line to help close the Eagles out down the stretch.
MLC led 50-39 at the half and built its lead as high as 15 points at 77-62 with 6:37 to play in the second half, but the Eagles roared back to cut the Knights’ edge to two points at 81-79 with less than one minute to play before the Knights closed the game at the free throw line.
Gossen scored 11 points and went 7-8 from the charity stripe in the second half, while Hannah Hackbarth scored ten of her 16 points off the bench in the second stanza. Joining them in double figures were Rebecca Engelbrecht (16 points), Erin Schmeling (13 points) and Alex Anthon (ten points).
The Eagles finished the game shooting 50.9 percent from the field, but the Knights outscored them 23-19 at the free throw line and used a 43-35 rebounding advantage to outscore UNW 18-8 in second-chance points.
With the win, MLC improved to 5-7 on the season and 2-0 in the UMAC, while UNW fell to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The Knights will return to action at 5 p.m. today when they host North Central.