MOORHEAD, Minn. – The post-season prospects for the Carleton College men’s basketball team took a hit with a 67-60 loss at Concordia College on Monday night. The defeat leaves the Knights two games out of the final playoff spot with only three games to play.
Carleton (9-13, 7-10 MIAC) drops into tie with Concordia (11-11, 7-10 MIAC) for seventh in the conference standings with both squads looking up at Bethel University in the chase for the sixth seed in the MIAC Playoffs. Should Carleton and Bethel end up in a two-team tie for sixth, the Knights own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Royals after sweeping the season series.
Tonight, Carleton led 28-25 at the break, but Concordia outscored its guests by ten points during the second half as the Cobbers shot 61 percent for the period and possessed a 26-12 advantage after halftime in points in the paint.
Peter Bakker-Arkema (Fy./Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline) led a trio of Knights in double figures, finishing with a 11 points thanks to a trio of three pointers. Shane McSparron (Jr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) and Mitchell Biewen (Fy./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) added 10 points apiece.
Taylor Hanson (Sr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) went just 3-of-10 from the floor but found other ways to contribute, pulling down a game-high 11 boards and doling out a game-best four assists.
Jordan Bulger paced Concordia with 17 points, and Tom Fraase added 15 points including three clutch three pointers. The first of those triples snapped a 47-47 deadlock with 8:15 remaining and sparked the Cobbers’ 10-2 run that proved to be the difference.
Carleton returns to West Gym and hosts Saint John’s University on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Live video of that crucial contest will be available via Knights Online.