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Offensive struggles hamper Knights in loss to Hamline

December 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm
Kevin Grow
Kevin Grow
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Despite the fourth double-double of the season from Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial), the Carleton College men’s basketball team dropped a 66-54 result to visiting Hamline University on Saturday afternoon.

Grow finished with game highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds, but the Knights (4-4, 1-3 MIAC) shot only 36 percent for the game. The stat line included a 3-of-19 showing (16 percent) from beyond the arc.

Hamline (5-3, 2-2 MIAC), which defeated defending national champion University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, led 49-36 in this one with 8:25 remaining before the Knights put together a 14-4 surge to pull within 53-50 with 3:30 still to play. Grow scored nine points during that rally, with Mitchell Biewen (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) accounting for the other five tallies.

Hamline extended the lead back out to six before Kent Hanson’s (Fy./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) old-fashion three-point play made it a one-possession game with 2:34 still on the clock. Hamline scored the final nine points of the contest, however, with seven of them coming at the free-throw line.

Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) was the only other Knight in double figures, tallying 14 points. Freddie Gillespie (So./Saint Paul, Minn./East Ridge) finished the contest with 11 rebounds and a career-best six blocked shots, tied for the sixth-highest figure in recorded team history. While Quinn Johnson (So./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) did not score in the contest, he did hand out a career-best nine assists, the most by a Knight since Jan. 3, 2015.

The Pipers’ Zach Smith entered the day as the MIAC’s leading scorer at 22.1 points and scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half. Kalu Abosi and Bret Lukes added 11 points apiece for Hamline, with 19 of their 22 combined points also coming after halftime.

Carleton wraps up its pre-holiday portion of the schedule with a non-conference game against UW-River Falls on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Tipoff at West Gym is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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