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Knights smash Saint Mary’s, 78-38

December 6, 2017 at 11:27 pm
Malekai Mischke
Malekai Mischke posted a career-best 11 points.
Photo: JP Beaty '19

WINONA, Minn. – Kent Hanson (So./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) poured in a game-high 21 points to lead four Knights in double figures as the Carleton College men’s basketball team rolled to a 78-38 victory at Saint Mary’s University.

“It was a quality performance by our guys,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “We came out and were focused on both ends of the floor.”

Carleton (4-1, 2-0 MIAC) has now won 15 consecutive MIAC regular-season games dating back to Jan. 14, 2017. This was the largest margin of victory for the Knights in a MIAC road game and marks the third largest ever for the Knights in MIAC play. This was also the fewest points yielded by Carleton since a 76-34 home triumph over Macalester College on Jan. 13, 2010. The other MIAC game with a larger point differential was a 93-48 victory over Saint Mary’s at West Gym on Nov. 30, 2011.

Carleton opened tonight’s game on a 10-0 run and extended the lead to 22-2 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Knights shot 63 percent as a team before intermission and 56 percent overall. Carleton led 43-20 at the break, and the starters combined to take only six total shots in the second half, yet the Knights still outscored their hosts 35-18 after the break.

Hanson posted with his fifth career game with at least 20 points, while Matthew Stritzel (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame), Malekai Mischke (Sr./Beijing, China/International School of Beijing), and Ryan Casperson (Sr./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) each achieved double figures off the bench as that trio combined to go 8-of-14 (57 percent) from beyond the arc.

Mischke drained a trio of 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 11 points. Stritzel and Casperson both achieved double figures for the third time this year.

Carleton controlled the interior, finishing the game with a dominating 34-6 advantage on point in the paint and limiting the Cardinals to 28 percent shooting overall.

The Knights’ road trip continues with a visit to Macalester College for a 1 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, Dec. 9. Live audio of that game can be heard via Knights Online or at KDHL 920 AM in the Northfield/Faribault area.

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