COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Taylor Hanson (Sr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) had a career-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block, but his stat-stuffing line was not enough as the Carleton College men’s basketball team dropped a 71-66 overtime decision at Colorado College.
“Obviously a disappointing outcome for us tonight,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland, “but we did a number of good things throughout the game and made some significant progress from our first game three days ago. I am very proud of the resiliency our group showed throughout the night.”
A slow start by Colorado College (3-0) allowed Carleton to build a 21-9 advantage with 8:00 remaining in the first half, but the hosts recovered to make five of their next nine shots and closed to within 29-23 by intermission.
The Tigers regained the lead 43-41 on a three pointer by Ryan Milne with 13:26 left in regulation. The Knights trailed by as many as a half-dozen during the second half but finally inched back in front, 57-56, when Shane McSparron (Jr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) drained a jumper with 1:54 still on the clock. A John Eckert (So./North Judson, Ind./North Judson) steal led to a Hanson layup, giving Carleton a 59-56 lead with under a minute remaining, Tyler Jonas drained a three pointer for the Tigers on the subsequent possession to force overtime.
In the extra period, both teams went just 2-of-8 from the field, but Colorado College’s 8-of-8 performance at the charity stripe proved to be the difference.
McSparron finished with 14 points, while Peter Bakker-Arkema (Fy./Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline) added 11 points. Eckert chipped in nine rebounds, seven points, and a game-high six assists. Mitchell Biewen (Fy./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) contributed nine points, six boards, and a game-best three steals.
Milne paced Colorado College with a game-high 25 points. Jonas added 14 points off the bench.
The Knights will face another tough opponent on Saturday when they face No. 16 Whitworth University (Wash.) to complete Carleton’s participation at the ACM Invitational. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. MST/4 p.m. CST.