MOORHEAD, Minn. – A slow start left the Carleton College men’s basketball team facing a double-digit deficit from which the Knights could not completely recover in dropping a 63-55 contest at Concordia College. Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) paced Carleton with 14 points.
Scoring was at a premium early as the teams shot a combined 34 percent in the opening half. Concordia (7-5, 4-3 MIAC) closed the stanza on a 17-5 run and enjoyed a 27-19 lead at the break. The teams shot 52 percent after intermission.
After Carleton (4-8, 1-6 MIAC) pulled to within 31-29 with 14:30 remaining, the Cobbers put together a 10-0 run and built their biggest advantage of the contest. The Knights still faced an eight-point deficit as the clock ticked under two minutes to go, but Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) notched back-to-back buckets to make it a four-point game, 57-53, with 1:13 still on the clock.
Mitchell Biewen (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) converted twice from the charity stripe to get Carleton within four one again with 0:37 still to play, but the Cobbers knocked down all four of their free throws over the closing moments and went on to win the affair, 63-55.
After both players were held scoreless in the first half, Grow tallied 10 second-half points and Kent Hanson (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) added eight tallies over the same span. The duo went 7-of-9 from the field after halftime.
Concordia’s Dylan Alderman and Austin Nelson led all scorers with 18 points apiece.
The Knights return home to host Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, Jan. 14 for a women’s-men’s doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. with the men taking the floor at 3:00 p.m. A live video webcast will be provided via Knights online.