NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College men’s basketball program bid farewell to seniors Taylor Hanson (St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) and Cameron Webb (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) on Senior Day at West Gymnasium. However, Hanson’s 18-point,11-rebound double-double performance was not enough to end the Knights season on a winning note, as they dropped a close contest to Macalester College by a final tally of 62-58.
In addition to contributions from the two seniors, the Knights (9-17, 7-14 MIAC) also received 10 points from first-year point guard Peter Bakker-Arkema (Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline), whose barrage of late three-pointers tested Macalester (5-21, 4-17 MIAC) to the final horn.
Macalester erased an eight-point first-half deficit and held a 29-28 lead heading into the halftime break. Carleton managed to take a slim 34-43 lead after two Hanson free throws at the 14:38 mark of the second period, but the Scots answered quickly with a 10-2 lead to move in front
Hanson and crew would not go away and managed to create a nail-biter of an ending. Trailing 56-44 with just 2:39 left on the second-half clock, the Knights mounted a late rally. John Eckert (So./North Judson, Ind./North Judson) converted a pair of free throws to begin the Knights’ 11-2 burst.
After a Macalester turnover, Bakker-Arkema went to work. The Knights’ rookie knocked down two consecutive three-point shots to cut the visitors’ lead to four. The Scots made a pair of free throws, then it was fellow first-year Mitchell Biewen’s (Golden Valley, Minn./Armstrong) turn to knock down a trifecta, making it just a one-possession, 58-55 Scots’ lead with 52 seconds to play.
With the shot clock winding down on the next Macalester possession, Bert Yaffe drilled what proved to be a game-clinching three-pointer with under 20 seconds to play. That basket proved more crucial after Bakker-Arkema drained another three pointer with just a few ticks left on the clock. The Knights were 1-of-11 from beyond the arc until the rookie backcourt went 4-of-6 over the final 2:04.
Dylan Kilgour paced the Scots with 16 points with Kareem Ismail adding a dozen points.
Hanson added a game-high six assists to his stat line and finished the season tops in the MIAC with 9.2 rebounds per game, fourth in scoring at 15.5 points, and fifth with 3.9 assists per contest.
While he did not see as much game action as his classmate, Webb made his first career start and contributed to the effort with an unconventional “triple-double”: two points, two rebounds, and two assists in his five minutes of action.