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Result: W 67-49

Men's Basketball at St. Olaf College

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 – 7:45 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Skoglund Center

Knights spank St. Olaf, 67-49, to get the Goat Trophy

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Goat Trophy
Goat Trophy
Photo: Christopher Mitchell

PHOTO GALLERY BY HUGH O'CONNOR '20 and GEOFFREY MO '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Riding the performances of underclassmen Kent Hanson (Fy./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) and Freddie Gillespie (So./Saint Paul, Minn./East Ridge), the Carleton College men’s basketball team walloped rival St. Olaf College, 67-49, to bring the Goat Trophy back to the east side of the Cannon River.

The Knights (16-8, 13-6 MIAC) last possessed the vaunted keepsake after the 2010-2011 season but had beaten St. Olaf (11-13, 9-10 MIAC) in the rivals’ first meeting of the season four weeks ago. That meant possession of the Goat Trophy was at stake with tonight’s game as the team not in possession of the Goat Trophy must sweep the season series in order to wrest control away from the other school.

“It was a real nice win for the Knights this evening, made particularly special by having the Goat Trophy returned to Carleton,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “The guys played consistent defense throughout the game and had enough quality possessions on the other end of the floor to secure the win. Truly a team effort tonight.

“I want to recognize our three seniors Pete, Beau, and Mitch for the Goat returning to our side of the river. These three captains have poured their heart and souls in to Carleton basketball for four years, and we had two goals entering the season that we wanted to meet: making the MIAC Playoffs and winning back the Goat. We’ve now accomplished those, so after the game the team set some new goals.”

Hanson poured in a game-high 16 points and added five rebounds to lead the Knights. Not far behind was Gillespie, who scored all 14 of his points in an explosive first half. He pulled down 10 boards to complete the double-double and added two blocks and dunks.

The win was Carleton’s 12th in a row, and the Knights locked in the No. 3 seed in next week’s MIAC Playoffs. The Knights shot 54 percent for the game and forced 17 turnovers for the Oles, who shot only 38.5 percent on the evening.

Leading 15-13 with 8:21 to go in the first period, Carleton initiated a 14-0 run over the next seven minutes, which was capped when Henry Bensen (Fy./Roseville, Minn.) finessed a contested layup to make it 29-13 with just over a minute to go before intermission. Gillespie sparked the run with a put-back dunk, and he provided another highlight with a menacing slam over a St. Olaf defender to give the visitors a 25-13 edge. The Knights would lead the Oles, 29-15, at the half as Carleton gave up a mere seven field goals in the period.

It was all Carleton in the second half. Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) got things started with a quick lay-in at the shot clock buzzer on the Knights’ first possession. The smallest deficit the Oles faced the rest of the game came when Austin Majeskie hit a deep straightaway 3-pointer to make it a 49-37 game with 8:54 to go. From there, the Knights kept the Oles at bay and eventually claimed the victory by a 67-49 tally.

Grow bucketed 12 points and was one rebound short of a double-double. Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn.) was Carleton’s fourth and final player in double figures with 11 points and three assists.

Majeskie paced St. Olaf with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Carleton wraps up the regular season with a women’s-men’s doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The women’s game starts at 1:00 p.m. followed by the men’s contest, which has a schedule 3:00 p.m. tipoff. A live audio broadcast will be available on KDHL 920AM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.

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