COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Taylor Hanson (Sr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) narrowly missed a double-double—finishing with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds—as the Carleton College men’s basketball team nearly erased a 13-point second-half deficit before absorbing a 64-56 loss at Saint John’s University.
The result puts the two teams into a tie for sixth place in the conference standings with identical 6-8 overall ledgers and a 4-5 mark in MIAC play.
Saint John’s built a 29-21 lead with 4:54 remaining in the first half before Carleton closed the period with an 11-2 spurt that permitted the visitors to carry a one-point advantage into intermission thanks to a three pointer by Peter Bakker-Arkema (Fy./Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline).
That proved to be the Knights’ lone lead of the contest as they stumbled early in the second half, going 1-for-4 with five turnovers on the Carleton’s first nine possessions after intermission.
The Knights trailed by as many as 13 during the second half and still faced a 60-48 deficit with 4:37 remaining. Hanson scored five straight points and Bakker-Arkema drained another three pointer to bring the visitors within 60-56 with 1:55 yet to play.
After getting a defensive stop the Knights came up empty on their next three possessions, and the Johnnies closed the game out at the free-throw lone, making 13-of-15 attempts in the second half.
Carleton shot 49 percent from the field overall, but 11 second-half turnovers proved to be too much to overcome as the Johnnies converted those miscues into 16 points.
The Knights had two other players in double figures. Tianen Chen (Fy./Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora Township) returned to active duty and finished with 15 points and six rebounds in only 21 minutes of action. Bakker-Arkema notched 11 points.
Seth Marx tallied a game-high 21 points and was the lone Johnnie in double figures.
Carleton will look to break its two-game slide on Monday, Jan. 20 when the Knights travel to Macalester College for a doubleheader. Tipoff for the women’s contest is slated for 5:45 p.m. with the men taking the floor at 7:45 p.m. Live audio of both games will be available on KDHL 920 AM and via Knights Online.