ST. PAUL, Minn. – Taylor Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) proved too strong for the Macalester College Scots as the senior poured in a career-best 34 points to carry the Carleton College men’s basketball team to a 66-52 road victory.
This was the first 30+ point game by a Knight this season and the most by a Carleton player since Zach Johnson tallied 36 against St. Olaf on Feb. 2, 2009. Hanson finished tonight’s tilt 12-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. He also snagged a game-high nine rebounds.
Due to Hanson’s monster performance, Tianen Chen (Fy./Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora Township) was the only other player in double figures for the Knights (7-8, 5-5 MIAC), finishing with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Despite an 0-for-6 showing beyond the arc, with Hanson leading the way Carleton shot 52.2 percent from the field for the game. At the other end of the floor, the Knights limited the Scots to 38.5 percent shooting performance.
After Macalester built a 25-20 lead with 5:30 remaining in the first half, Carleton closed the period with a 13-4 run ignited by a three-point play by Hanson and capped by Peter Bakker-Arkema’s (Fy./Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline) putback as the opening period expired.
Hanson kept the momentum with the Knights with a jumper to open the second half, the first two of his 21 second-half points.
The Scots closed to within 46-43 with eight minutes still to play, but that’s when Hanson delivered the knockout blow. He scored all of Carleton’s points during a 10-2 spurt that gave the visitors an 11-point cushion with 4:40 remaining. Macalester got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Dylan Kilgour did his best to keep Macalester in the game, accounting for 27 points. No other Scot tallied more than eight points.
Hanson destroyed his previous career best of 23 points established in the season opener at Colorado College. Tonight, he accounted for 16 of the Knights’ final 20 tallies with the other four points coming at the free-throw line.
Tonight’s triumph not only snapped the Knights’ brief two-game slide but also moved Carleton into a tie with Bethel for fifth in the conference standings at the midpoint of the MIAC schedule.
Carleton hosts cross-town rival St. Olaf College for a doubleheader on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The women begin play at 5:45 p.m. with the men’s contest slated for a 7:45 p.m start. Both games can be heard on KDHL 920 AM with live video available via Knights Online.