NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- On a night in which his eight assists and seven rebounds helped the Carleton College men’s basketball team to a victory, it was senior Scott Theisen’s (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) nine points that will be remembered. Those tallies placed him in elite company as just the 27th member of the Carleton 1,000-point club as the Knights defeated Augsburg College, 63-58, to move into sole possession of fourth place in the standings.
In addition to Theisen’s historic night, Carleton (13-9, 10-7 MIAC) received a career-high-tying 21-point contribution from Shane McSparron (So./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) and 16 points from Tom Sawatzke (Monticello, Minn./Monticello). Forward Taylor Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds, and six assists
Carleton shot 55 percent in the first half and, thanks to five early points from Theisen, grabbed an early 10-4 with 16:25 to play in the period. Those early tallies put Theisen on the doorstep of the aforementioned 1,000-point club,
After Augsburg worked its way back to tie the game at 19-19 with 9:17 still to play in the first half, Theisen officially notched his place in Carleton basketball history. Hitting a fadeaway jumper with 8:40 to go in the period, Theisen registered his 1,000th point. That bucket not brought the crowd to its feet, but it also sparked the Knights on the court.
Over the course of the next eight minutes, Carleton dominated to the tune of an extended 21-9 run. That spurt, coupled with a 20-9 rebounding edge and 16 first-half tallies for McSparron all played a role in helping the Knights carry a 40-30 advantage into the locker room.
After Carleton established a 12-point advantage to open up the second half, Augsburg made its big push. Led by forward Dan Kornbaum, Augsburg put together an 8-0 spurt to pull within 42-38 only five minutes into the half. By the 11:50 mark, the Auggies had made it a one-possession game. Over the next few minutes, neither team was able to gain much in the way of momentum, and the Carleton lead sat at 50-46 with 8:52 to play.
On the next Knights possession, the home team found a small spark. Forward John Eckert (Fr./North Judson, Ind./North Judson) converted a tough traditional three-point play, and Carleton went on a small 7-2 burst to give the Knights some breathing room. The stretch, keyed by the Carleton’s staunch defense, lasted until the 2:30 mark and gave the Knights a 57-48 advantage. The nine-point lead was the largest for the Knights since the opening minute of the second half. While Augsburg make a late push, Carleton hit 6-of-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the victory.
After both teams shot north of 50 percent in the first half, it was the opposite after intermission. Carleton converted only 29 percent of its attempts—including an 0-of-7 result from beyond the arc—but the defensive work meant Augsburg fared only slightly better at 36 percent, with an 0-for-10 showing from long rage. The three-point line was unkind to both teams as they went a combined 5-for-34 (15 percent) on the evening.
Kornbaum finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Parker Hines added 12 points, and Brett Rasmussen chipped in 10.
Theisen, who notched a triple-double on Jan. 23 vs. Concordia, was on pace for another tonight before ending up in foul trouble. He continues to climb the career lists in other categories. Theisen now needs only 10 more rebounds to join Zach Johnson '09 as the only players in Carleton history with 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, and 100 steals. (The full 1,000-point club is below.) Sawatzke moved up two more spot and is now 20th all time at Carleton with 1,071 career points.
Tonight’s victory—coupled with a Gustavus loss to first-place St. Thomas—moves the Knights into fourth place with a 10-7 conference ledger. Carleton is a game behind third-place Augsburg, but only two games in front of Bethel and St. Olaf, two teams currently on the outside looking in for the six-team conference tournament.
Carleton’s next chance to improve its position for the postseason comes during a women’s-men’s doubleheader at Macalester College on Saturday, Feb. 9. The ladies start at 1:00 p.m. with the men taking the court at 3:00 p.m. Live audio of both games will be available on KDHL 920 AM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.
Carleton's 1000-Point Club
|1||2,029||Zach Johnson (106 G)||’05-’09|
|2||1,967||Josh Wilhelm (97 G)||’95-’99|
|3||1,903||Gerrick Monroe (105 G)||’89-’93|
|4||1,467||Dan Forkrud (108 G)||’02-’06|
|5||1,445||Kyle Beste (105 G)||’01-’05|
|7||1,366||Scott Krohn (105 G)||’89-’93|
|8||1,356||Mark Wandmacher (70 G)||’81-’84|
|10||1,268||Tommy Drake (102 G)||’04-’08|
|11||1,246||Bryan Rosett (108G)||’06-'10|
|12||1,205||Roy Hanson (64 G)||’75-’79|
|13||1,196||Tanner Schieck (92 G)||’00-’04|
|14||1,162||Jeremy Sutherland (103 G)||'06-'11|
|15||1,136||Jim Tolf (59 G)||’79-’82|
|16||1,103||Jim Lovrien (99 G)||’95-’98|
|17||1,102||Jake Phillips (108 G)||’03-’07|
|18||1,095||Dave Current (62 G)||’60-’63|
|19||1,086||Leon Smith (60 G)||’71-’74|
|21||1,070||Scott Christensen (91 G)||’99-’03|
|23||1,050||Seth Jonker (108 G)||'07-'11|
|25||1,023||Tom Klimisch (99 G)||’91-’95|