ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton College men's basketball team came up just short in its three tough nonconference games last week, but senior Taylor Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) starred with a trio of outstanding performances. The Knights' forward was one rebound shy of a double-double in all three games, and averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 59.5 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the line. For his performance, Hanson was named the MIAC Men's Basketball Athlete-of-the-Week.
Hanson's big week started with a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double with six assists in a narrow 77-73 loss to Wartburg on Tuesday. Hanson shot 10-for-13 from the floor en route to his 21 points. Friday, Hanson had a career-best 23 points and nine rebounds with five assists, two steals and a blocked shot in a 71-66 overtime loss to Colorado College. A day later, Hanson had another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-61 loss to No. 16-ranked Whitworth. This season, Hanson leads the MIAC in rebounding (10.7 per game) and ranks fourth in scoring (19.7 points per game).
Carleton opens MIAC play Tuesday night at rival St. Olaf. The cross-town rivals will tip off the conference portion of the schedule at 7:45 p.m., and Saturday the Knights welcome Hamline to town for a 3 p.m. MIAC game.