NORTHFIELD, Minn. – It was just one of those nights.
In a sign of how the game would go for the Carleton College men’s basketball team, the Knights came up empty on their first four possessions and ultimately suffered a 65-37 defeat to rival St. Olaf College.
Carleton (0-4, 0-1 MIAC) shot only 31 percent and went 0-for-10 from beyond the arc, snapping a streak that saw the Knights hit a three-pointer in at least 416 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 1997-98 campaign.
To add insult to injury—or at least a bruised ego—the victory ensures that St. Olaf (4-2, 1-0 MIAC) will maintain possession of the famed Goat Trophy for a third straight year, their longest streak with the keepsake since 1990. The trophy resided with Carleton for 21 of 22 seasons prior to the Oles’ current run.
Despite the early struggles, Carleton pulled to within 17-12 when Shane McSparron (Jr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) converted layup with 7:23 remaining in the opening half. St. Olaf responded with a 23-8 run spanning parts of both halves and pulled away for the victory.
Charlie Aslesen had a game-high 14 points to lead three Oles in double figures. Taylor Hanson (Sr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) paced Carleton with 10 points, his fourth consecutive double-digit effort.
Carleton next takes the floor on Saturday, Dec. 7 as part of a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Hamline University. Tipoff for the women’s game is 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m. Live video and live stats for both games will be available via Knights Online.
When the Carleton men look at the opposing bench they will see a familiar face as Jim Hayes, who spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for Carleton men’s team, is in his first year at the helm of the Hamline program.