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Central's Tate Handsaker made a two-point basket with one second remaining that gave the Dutch and 70-69 victory over the Norse. Trailing by eight (68-60) with two minutes left in the game, the Norse put together a 9-0 run and held a one-point lead (69-68) entering the final seconds of the contest.
Both teams blistered the nets in the second frame. Central connected on 55.2 percent of its attempts, while Luther shot 57.1. As expected, both teams put up the majority of their shots from behind the three-point line. Luther tied a single game school record with 15 treys.
Cale Austin led the offensive attack with 12 points, while Jake Martin also reached double digits with 10. Both Cody Kliethermes and Nathan Meyer were next with nine.
Central was led by Kyle Newedorp with 17, Colby Taylor with 15, Kyle Smith with 12 and Hadnsaker with 11.
The loss dropped Luther into a two-way tie for sixth place with Loras at 4-8 with two games remaining on the regular season schedule. Central improved to 6-6 and is tied with Wartburg for fourth place. Only three slots remain for the six-team Iowa Conference Tournament.
Luther returns to action Wednesday night when it will host Wartburg at 8:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586