MOORHEAD, Minn -- The Carleton College men’s basketball team lost its fourth straight game, dropping its matchup against Concordia College by a tally of 62-60. For the second straight contest, a career performance from senior Caleb Rosenow (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing), who tied his collegiate high with 25 points, was not enough for the Knights.
Carleton (6-5, 3-4 MIAC) started the game off well, jumping out to a 9-7 lead on the back of first-year Shane McSparron (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview). He finished with 11 points despite nursing a sore shoulder and scored seven of the Knights’ first nine. However, this was to be the last lead Carleton would hold in the contest.
With the game tied 13-13 and 12:09 remaining in the first half, the Cobbers (5-7, 3-4 MIAC) made their initial run, outscoring Carleton 18-4 over the next eight minutes and building their largest lead of the contest.
The Knights closed to within 39-30 by halftime, but found themselves trailing by a baker’s dozen at with 16:44 left in the second period. Carleton responded with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, pulling the score to 48-45.
Rosenow, who matched his 25-point effort during Wednesday’s loss to Hamline, came up big for the Knights during this spurt, scoring six points. The other four tallies were provided by Scott Theisen (Jr./Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park). His fast-break layup at 12:27 accounted for two of his 12 points and made it a one-possession game.
The Cobbers pushed the lead back out to nine once again with under 10 minutes remaining, but another quick spurt by the Knights tightened the gap to 56-54 with 7:36 still to play
Rosenow’s strong move to the basket locked it all up at 60-60 with just over two minutes remaining. Those points proved to be Knights last on this day. With 1:05 to play, Andrew Martinson knocked down a fast-break jumper to give the Cobbers a 62-60 lead, an advantage that they would not relinquish.
The disciplined Knights defense finished the contest with only eight fouls, four of them coming in the final 10 seconds as Carleton tried to force the Cobbers to the free-throw line. However, Guy Kalland’s crew was able to force Concordia into a five-second violation with 0:06 showing on the clock, providing the Knights one final chance. Point guard Tom Sawatzke (Jr. Monticello, Minn./Monticello), who contributed 10 points and four assists to the Knights attack, tried one last shot as time expired, but his well-contested attempt from long range—and the Knights’ comeback—fell short.
In addition to Martinson’s dozen points, the Cobbers received 12 points and four assists from guard Dewon McKenzie, and 11 points and 6 boards from forward Ebo Nana-Kweson.
Carleton returns home and hosts the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a 7:45 p.m. tilt, the second half of a women’s-men’s doubleheader. Live video of both games can be seen on Knights Online.
Note: The Cobbers’ victory marks the sixth consecutive time that the home team has won the Concordia-Carleton men’s basketball matchup.