WINONA, Minn. – Shane McSparron (So./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half as the Carleton College men’s basketball team posted a 60-47 road victory over Saint Mary’s University. The Knights shot 50 percent for the game, including a 54 percent (7-of-13) showing from beyond the arc
Carleton (11-9, 8-7 MIAC) made 7-of its first-8 shots with six different players scoring over that stretch as the visitors built an 18-12 lead seven minutes into the contest. Saint Mary’s (3-17, 2-13 MIAC) tried to keep pace, but the Knights slowly pulled away, shooting a blistering 62 percent in the opening period to possess a 40-22 lead at halftime.
After going 0-of-8 from long range in the first half, the Cardinals connected on 5-of-7 after intermission as they tried to claw their way back into the contest. Twice the hosts closed to within 10 points, and both times Tom Sawatzke (Sr./Monticello, Minn./Monticello) stepped up to stem the tide by knocking down clutch jumpers. He finished with 14 points to equal McSparron for team high.
Scott Theisen (Sr./Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) narrowly missed another double-double for the Knights, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Tyler Goetz (Sr./Chaska, Minn./Chaska) added nine points, while John Eckert (Fy./North Judson, Ind./North Judson) came off the bench to tally eight points and seven caroms. Taylor Hanson (Jr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) accounted for the other six points.
Mark Schumacher tallied a game-high 19 points to lead Saint Mary’s. That performance included a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range.
With the victory, the Knights clawed their way back to the sixth spot in the standings with only five games remaining in the regular season. Carleton hosts cross-town rival St. Olaf College for a doubleheader on Monday, Feb. 4. The women tip at 5:45 p.m. with the men slated to go at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free for both games, and the Knights are encouraging fans in attendance to make donations to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Minnesota affiliate. Those not making the trek to West Gym can catch live video, live audio, and live stats on Knights Online.