NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Mitchell Biewen (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) scored a team-best 14 points in his return to the Knights’ starting lineup and Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) notched his 24th career double-double to help the Carleton College men’s basketball team to a 62-59 triumph over visiting Macalester College.
“It was good to break into the win column for league play,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “The guys did a nice job defending our home court and really took care of business defensively in the second half.”
Carleton (4-3, 1-2 MIAC) trailed 39-28 with less than a minute remaining in the first half before Grow knocked down a jumper and added a tip-in as the opening period expired. The Scots (4-4, 0-3 MIAC) held a 42-36 advantage with 14:50 remaining in the contest, but the Knights put together a 13-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to take the lead for good. The Knights did not do themselves any favors down the stretch, however, by converting just 4-of-12 free-throw attempts in the second half.
Grow finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds and came up with two crucial plays in the final minute, recording a blocked shot and adding an offensive rebound in the closing seconds. Freddie Gillespie (So./Saint Paul, Minn./East Ridge) chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, and a career-best four blocks for the Knights.
Carleton shot 50 percent overall and converted 5-of-12 (42 percent) shot beyond the arc. Macalester connected on 42 percent of its field-goal attempts but was 4-of-16 from long range, including just 1-of-9 in the second half.
Michael Gutierrez tallied a game-high 17 points to lead Macalester, which was limited to only 20 points during the second half. Brett Olson was the other Scot in double figures, turning in a 12-point effort.
Carleton has now won 8 of the last 10 meetings in the series. The Knights’ homestand continues with a 3 p.m. contest against Hamline University on Saturday, Dec. 10.