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Hamline’s 3-point shooting takes down Knights, 77-63

January 12, 2019 at 4:47 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Joh Farmer
Joh Farmer
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s basketball team had trouble containing Hamline University from deep and dropped a Saturday afternoon MIAC game by a score of 77-63.

Hamline (8-5, 5-4 MIAC) shot at a 56 percent clip overall but did the majority of its damage from long range, converting 14-of-23 three-point attempts (61 percent), the most triples the Knights have yielded to a MIAC opponent since Bethel drained 16 on Feb. 6, 2002.

On Saturday, both teams worked to find a groove in the early going, with the Pipers eventually leading it at 14-13 at the 11:25 mark. Then Connor Knutson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the hosts some room to breathe at 20-13 midway through the frame.

The Pipers, who improved to 7-0 at home this season, stayed hot from beyond the arc, leading by as many as 14 points later on in the half. They nailed a whopping nine threes in the period on 14 attempts, a blistering 64.3 percent pace. This, after the Knights (5-9, 3-6 MIAC) came into the game holding opponents to just 36.4 percent shooting from three-point range.

Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) kept his hot hand alive and did his best to bring Carleton back before the end of the half, as he dropped 17 points in the period, including 3-of-6 shooting on 3-pointers. The Knights trailed 42-34 at the break.

Neither team showed any sign of letting up in the second half, as the deficit hovered around eight or nine points for much of the early stages. That was when the Pipers recaptured their hot 3-point shooting, extending their lead to 16 at 62-46 with 6:55 to go, courtesy of a Michael Dillon trey.

From there, the gap was too much for the Knights to overcome, and Hamline went on to claim the victory by a 77-63 tally.

Stritzel converted 4-of-9 triples and matched his season-best total with 21 points, posting his sixth career game with at least 20 points. Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) saw his double-double streak snapped despite pouring in 16 points and collecting seven rebounds. Joh Farmer (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) added eight points and three assists for Carleton.

For Hamline, Isaac Brooks led the way with 19 points and eight boards. Knutson finished with 12 points, and Jake Larson and Trey Prince each had 11.

Carleton has a crucial road game coming up on Wednesday, Jan. 16 as the Knights travel across town to face arch-rival St. Olaf College at 8:00 p.m. Due to the Oles’ head-to-head victory earlier this season, the winner of this upcoming matchup will secure possession of the famed Goat Trophy.