Holzhueter goes out in style in MLC finale win
NEW ULM – At the end of a season filled with disappointing losses, the Martin Luther College men’s basketball team finished its season on a high note with a 71-66 win against Minnesota Morris on Saturday.
The Cougars (16-9, 10-4 UMAC) entered the game with hopes of tying for the regular-season conference championship. The two teams went back and forth throughout the first half (seven lead changes and six ties), but the Knights (6-19, 5-9) surged ahead with a 12-3 run to end the first half with a 38-29 lead.
UMM quickly pulled to within four in the early going of the second half, but MLC pushed its lead up to 12 thanks to solid offensive play from Galen Holzhueter, Todd Brassow and Luke Rothe.
The Cougars made another run to cut the MLC lead to five with 8:52 to play, but the Knights responded with a quick 6-0 run to build the lead back into double digits, which they held the rest of the way.
Playing in his final game for MLC, Holzhueter went out in style, scoring 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field while also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Facilitating much of the offense was Rothe, who set a new career high with 11 assists while scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.