NEW ULM — One thing is for certain, the Martin Luther College men’s basketball team has been competitive thus far despite its record.
The Knights kept it close for most of Saturday’s contest against Milwaukee School of Engineering. However, the Raiders pulled away with a 84-68 nonconference win at MLC on Saturday.
MLC cut the MSOE lead down to 61-57 after a 3-pointer from Jacob Price with 9 minutes to go in the game. But the Raiders went up by 10 after a 6-0 run to stretch the lead, and lead later grew to 12 by the 5-minute mark.
The Raiders’ size was too much as they dominated the paint, outscoring MLC 50-28. They also outrebounded the Knights 38-28.
The Raiders improved to 4-2 on the season and MLC remained winless (0-6) on the season.
MSOE sophomore Michael Pitrof led all scorers with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Ty Miklowski finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Dillard had 12 points.
MLC was led by Ezra Blumer’s 15 points. Joseph Hirsch 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jacob Price had 12 points for the Knights.
The Raiders jumped out to an early lead and went into halftime up 44-32. MLC was able to remain competitive in most part because of its 3-point shooting. The Knights hit 9-of-17 (52.9%) from 3-point range, compared to 28% for the Raiders (5-of-18).
The Knights travel to Wisconsin Lutheran for a 5:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.
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