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No. 15 Saint John’s shoots its way past Knights

February 16, 2019 at 11:07 pm
Quinn Johnson
Quinn Johnson
Photo: Ryan Coleman

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The last time the Carleton College men’s basketball team played No. 15-ranked Saint John’s the Knights walked off the court 66-63 winners after snapping the Johnnies’ 12-game win streak. This time around, Saint John’s got its revenge thanks largely to a scorching-hot end to the first half en route to a 78-40 decision.

Carleton (7-18, 5-15 MIAC) trailed 12-11 with 7:40 remaining in the first half. Suddenly, Saint John’s (21-4, 17-3 MIAC), which started the contest 5-of-15 from the floor, seemingly could not miss as the Johnnies made 11 if their last 12 field-goal attempts before intermission, including a 6-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. That gave the hosts a 42-20 lead at the break.

The hot streak continued for Saint John’s after intermission as the Johnnies hit their next five shots, including two more 3-pointers. All told it was a 16-of-17 shooting performance spanning nearly 14 minutes of play, including 8-of-9 from long range.

Carleton shot 31 percent overall in the game, compared to 59 percent for the Johnnies. The hosts made 10-of-16 shots (63 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Knights went 3-of-19 (16 percent) from distance.

Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) led Carleton with a 16-point effort and a game-high seven rebounds.

Playing his final collegiate game, senior Quinn Johnson (Roseville, Minn./Roseville) added seven points, four rebounds, a steal, and an assist. Classmate Noah Plewa (Eau Claire, Wis./Wildlands School) contributed six points, three boards, and blocked shot, while Joh Farmer (Sr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) accounted for two rebounds, two steals, and two assists.

David Stockman paced three Saint John’s players in double figures, scoring 18 points. Oakley Baker chipped in 16, and Jubie Alade added 13 points.

Hanson finished the season averaging 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, ranking third and fourth in the MIAC respectively. He has scored 1,203 career points and ranks 14th on Carleton’s all-time scoring list.