MLC women take care of business at NCU

MINNEAPOLIS – The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team led for the final 38 minutes of a 78-65 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference win at North Central University Friday night.

The Knights took control early, turning a 5-4 deficit two minutes into the game into a 21-7 lead thanks to a 17-2 run that spanned 4:45. Alex Anthon paced MLC during that stretch with 11 points, and made three consecutive three-point field goals on the way to 15 first half points.

Leading 44-35 at halftime, the Knights built their lead as high as 17 in the second half, and never allowed the Rams to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Anthon finished with a team-high 21 points on just nine shots from the field, while Lead Nass finished with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Hackbarth and Erin Schmeling scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

MLC improved to 12-10 on the season and 9-2 in the UMAC and will return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern.

MLC men lose in double overtime at NCU

MINNEAPOLIS – The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team lost 108-102 in a marathon double overtime game at North Central University Friday night.

Galen Holzhueter scored 27 points and tied Erica Babinec’s career total of 1,644 points all time, which is the most in school history.

MLC led 46-38 at the half, but saw its lead quickly disappear as the Rams started the second half on a 12-2 run.

The two teams traded the lead throughout the second half, but the Knights found themselves trailing 82-79 in the final ten seconds before Austin Eisenmann sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer with nine seconds to play in regulation.

The Knights had a great opportunity in the first overtime, leading 91-84 with 2:21 to play, but the Rams came back to tie the game at 93-93 with the help of a pair of 3-pointers and three free throws, as well as several MLC turnovers to send the game into a second overtime.

MLC once again took an early lead in the second overtime at 97-95 after a pair of Todd Brassow jumpers, but the Rams scored the next eight points to take the lead, and then finished the game off at the free throw line to keep the Knights from coming back.

Holzhueter played all 50 minutes for MLC and finished with 10 rebounds in the loss. He also set the MLC record for free throws made in a career (326), breaking his brother Greg Holzhueter’s previous mark of 319.

Brassow finished the game with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, while Mike Paulsen had 11 points to go with eight assists and eight rebounds. Luke Rothe added 15 points and five assists before fouling out early in the first overtime period.

The Knights dropped to 5-17 overall and 4-7 in the UMAC with the loss. The Knights will return to action at 5 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern.

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