Skip Navigation

Varsity Athletics

Carleton Athletics
Go

News

After winter break hiatus, Knights downed by Gusties

January 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Quinn Johnson
Quinn Johnson
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – In its first game back from winter break, the Carleton College men’s basketball team fell to Gustavus Adolphus College 69-61 on Saturday afternoon at West Gymnasium.

The Knights (3-8, 1-5 MIAC) and the Gusties traded buckets to begin the game, with a Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) triple giving Carleton a slim 5-4 edge with 17:30 to go. From there, Gustavus (5-7, 2-5 MIAC) caught fire, reeling off an 18-7 run over roughly six minutes to earn a 22-12 advantage with 11:46 still to play in the half.

Carleton eventually found a way to slow down the Gustavus offense, holding the visitors to just five points over the ensuing six-plus minutes and cutting the deficit to five at 27-22 with 5:22 remaining before intermission. The Gusties regained some of their momentum late, though, and poured in seven straight points to push their lead to 34-22.

Layups by Joh Farmer (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) and Carlston McKenzie (Fy./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) just before the break brought the Knights back within single digits, as Gustavus led 34-26 at halftime. The visitors shot a blistering 60 percent (6-of-10) from beyond the arc over the first period.

Carleton still faced a 43-33 deficit before the Knights broke through and began to chip away at the deficit. Stritzel and Joe Thursby (Fy./Park Ridge, Ill./Northridge Prep) both knocked down shots from distance to bring Carleton within four at 43-39 with 11:43 remaining.

Stritzel’s layup at the 6:00 mark eventually knotted the score at 54-54, the game’s first tie since the scoreboard read 2-2. Less than a minute later, another three from Thursby handed the Knights a 57-56 lead, their first since being up 5-4 shortly after tipoff.

After relinquishing the lead, Gustavus closed the game on a 13-4 run as Carleton had to play the foul game down the stretch.

The Gusties shot 49 percent overall and finished 8-of-17 (47 percent) from beyond the arc. Carleton made 43 percent of its shots overall and was 8-of-21 (38 percent) from long range. Neither team shined at the charity stripe as the visitors went 7-for-13 while the Knights were 7-of-15.

Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) spearheaded the Carleton attack, pouring in a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds, earning him his fourth double-double of the season to tie for second among MIAC players this season. Stritzel complemented Hanson’s effort with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting and contributed four rebounds.

Thursby tallied all of his points from beyond the arc, finishing 3-for-5 from three to match his career high with nine points. Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) racked up five points, 10 boards, and four assists. He also limited Gustavus’ leading scorer Riley Sharbono to only six points on the afternoon.

Nolan Malo led the Gusties with 17 points and five rebounds. Isaac Douglas scored 14 points, and Logan Rezac added 10 points off the bench.

Carleton will return to action on Monday, Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Macalester College. Links to live video and audio will be provided on Knights Online.