NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Mitchell Biewen (Fy./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as the Carleton College men’s basketball team erased a 12-point second-half deficit en route to its first victory of the season, a 72-68 triumph over Hamline University.
“It was the kind of battle we anticipated,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “We are pleased with the bounce-back effort the guys showed tonight. It was good to get the first (win).”
After struggling in nearly every aspect of the offense during its last game, Carleton (1-4, 1-1 MIAC) looked like a completely different squad today. The team shot 55 percent from the floor and finished with 22 assists against 10 turnovers with only five fouls committed.
“Looked like a typical Carleton stat sheet,” Kalland said. “Assists up, turnovers down, and we kept the opponent off the free throw line with very few empty possession on offense.”
After seeing its 16-plus season streak of making at least one three pointer in every game snapped at St. Olaf on Tuesday, the Knights went 7-of-11 from the beyond the arc today, the fifth-best single-game percentage (.636) in program history. Biewen was a big part of the turnaround as he made four three-pointers in the second half.
Hamline appeared to be exerting control of the contest when the Pipers (2-3, 0-2 MIAC) put together a 13-0 run and built a 57-45 advantage with 10:15 remaining. That’s when Biewen caught fire, scoring the game’s next nine points by draining three consecutive three pointers to get Carleton back into the contest, 57-54 with 8:30 on the clock. Five minutes later, his fourth triple of the contest knotted the score at 66-66.
Following a Piper turnover, a lengthy Carleton possession was extended by a pair of fouls and ultimately resulted in Biewen setting up Beau Smit (Fy./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) for the eventual game-winning three pointer. Smit came off the bench to score five of his career-best 12 points in the final two minutes.
Hamline missed its next three shots while Smit and Shane McSparron (Jr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) iced the game at the free-throw line.
McSparron finished with 13 points and five assists, while Taylor Hanson (Sr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) recorded his fifth straight double-digit scoring line with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.
Hamline also had four players in double figures, as Marshall Jestings led the way for with a career-best 15 points.
Carleton hosts University of Minnesota-Morris on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Live video will be available via Knights Online.