ABERDEEN, S.D. – Tom Sawatzke (Sr./Monticello, Minn./Monticello) posted his third straight game with at least 20 points, but the Carleton College men’s basketball team could not upset a second-straight NCAA Division II opponent, falling 66-59 at Northern State. Scott Theisen (Sr./Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) and Shane McSparron (So./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) also reached double figures for the Knights.
After a come-from-behind 74-71 victory over Hawaii Pacific University on Saturday, the Knights were unable to repeat the magic, partly due to their struggles from long range. Carleton shot only 20 percent from beyond the arc tonight, including makes on only 1-of-8 attempts in the second half.
The contest was extremely tight over much of the first half, and Taylor Hanson’s (Jr./Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) jumper gave Carleton a 25-23 lead with five minutes left before intermission. The Wolves responded with a three pointer and did not trail the balance of the contest.
The hosts led 36-32 at the break, but another Hanson bucket made it a one-possession game less than a minute into the second half. Northern State gradually extended its lead to as many as 13 points with a dozen minutes remaining, but Carleton refused to go away. The Knights pulled within four points on multiple occasions before ultimately succumbing, 66-59.
McSparron tallied 10 points, while Theisen finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Hanson turned in another solid all-around effort, posting nine rebounds, eight points, three assists, three blocks and a steal. Tyler Goetz (Sr./Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and John Eckert (Fy./North Judson, Ind./North Judson) rounded out the Carleton scoring with five points apiece.
Dustin Tetzlaff tallied a double-double to pace the Wolves, finishing with 20 points and 10 boards. Colling Pryor added 13 points, seven rebounds, and four steals.
Carleton returns from its longest road trip of the season and hosts Bethel University on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tipoff for the second half of the women’s-men’s doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m. Knights Online will feature live stats and live video—including a high definition feed.