NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Records are made to be broken. It just usually doesn’t happen this fast.
Only three days after eclipsing the school record for field-goal percentage in a single game, the Carleton College men’s basketball team did it again during the Knights’ 82-55 victory over visiting Crown College.
"I was really pleased with the amount of focus our guys brought to the game today," stated Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. "We were patient offensively and did a nice job of sharing the basketball which led to a number of high percentage shots that we were able to capitalize on.”
Carleton (4-4 overall) established the new record by going 28-of-44 (.636) from the floor on Saturday, bettering the mark of .625 established in Wednesday’s road win at Bethel.
The 82 points marked a season high for Carleton, which won its fourth straight game and had five players in double figures, four of them rookies. Mitchell Biewen (Fy./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) and Tianen Chen (Fy./Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora Township) led the balanced attack with 13 points apiece, while classmates Beau Smit (Fy./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) and Peter Bakker-Arkema (Fy./Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline) added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Seniors Cameron Webb (Sr./Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Taylor Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) combined to go 8-of-11 from the field.
While the offense was connecting on all cylinders, the Carleton defense limited Crown (3-7) to 20 points below its season average as the Storm shot 31 percent overall, including only 18 percent (6-of-33) from beyond the arc.
The visitors led 5-4 with 17:15 remaining in the first half, but Biewen drained the first of his trio of three pointers to push the Knights in front for good. That shot ignited a 15-4 run that gave Carleton a double-digit lead. The margin grew to 42-16 when Biewen drained another triple with 2:04 left before intermission. Neither team scored the remainder of the period.
James Brown, who paced Crown with a game-high 15 points, drained a three pointer on the opening possession of the second half, but the Storm would get no closer as the Knights gradually extended the lead over the balance of the contest.
All 11 players on the roster scored, including a career high four points for Webb, who added a rebound and a block.
“I am pleased with the development we have shown over the last few weeks and am looking forward to continuing our progress after the break,” Kalland said.
The Knights will step away from competition until Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 when they visit No. 12 in the second half of a women’s-men’s doubleheader. The first game starts at 1 p.m. with the men schedule to tipoff at 3 p.m. Both games can be heard on KDHL 920AM and Knights Online.