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Knights erase 19-point deficit but are clipped by Falcons

December 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm
By Annika Martensson '19
Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Four Knights scored in double figures, including a game-high 24-point effort from Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy), but even that was not enough as the Carleton College men’s basketball team fell 81-71 to UW-River Falls.

The visiting Falcons (5-3) got off to a hot start and led 28-9 with 6:27 left to go in the first period. The 19-point lead was thanks in large part to Matt Keller and Julian Jackson who teamed up for 22 in the opening stanza alone.

Facing the 19-point deficit, the Knights (3-6) finally got hot. Carleton drained a trio of 3-pointers, the first two coming from Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) a part of his 17-point night.

After Hanson knocked down the third of those Knights’ triples, Carlston McKenzie (Fy./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park), who had 12 points, five boards and two blocks on the evening, drained a couple of free throws and a jumper to pull Carleton within 35-29 entering the intermission.

The home team shot 57 percent overall in the second period and connected on 15-of-18 attempts (83 percent) from inside the arc, but the Falcons enjoyed a 44-30 edge on the glass including 20 offensive rebounds.

After Carleton came all the way back to knot the score at 46-46 with 14:43 still to play in the second half, UWRF forward Ross Ingersoll drained a pair of 3-pointers during the Falcons’ subsequent 14-4 spurt. The visitors maintained at least a five-point margin the rest of the way.

Henry Bensen (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) was the fourth Knight to score in double figures as he finished 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Noah Plewa (Sr./Wildlands School) recorded a career-high three blocks on the evening.

Keller finished with a team-best 19 points to pace UW-River Falls, and Austin Heidecker added a double-double thanks to 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jackson and Jalen Greenlae also finished in double figures for the Falcons, accounting for 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Carleton will hit the road one last time in 2018, when they visit Bethel University this Saturday, Dec. 15 and 3:00 p.m. The Knights will then have a three-week break from competition and not play again until after the start of the New Year.