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Result: L 74-81

Men's Basketball at St. Olaf College

Monday, January 29th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Skoglund Center

Knights come up empty in second half, fall to St. Olaf

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: JP Beaty '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Despite leading by eight points at halftime, the Carleton College men’s basketball team dropped a high-scoring affair at rival St. Olaf College, 81-74, on Monday night.

Carleton (10-8, 8-5 MIAC) had made only seven 3-pointers over its previous three games, but the Knights came out on fire from long range, going 8-of-11 from beyond the arc (73 percent) in the first half. Carleton finished the evening with 11 triples, its highest single-game total since Feb. 13, 2016.

St. Olaf (14-5, 10-4 MIAC) also found its touch from distance, finishing the game 8-of-16 from beyond the arc.

The game was supposed to feature the top two defenses in the MIAC. Instead, it seemed as if neither team could miss in the opening minutes of the game, as they went a combined 8-of-10 from the field overall, 4-of-5 from long range, and totaled 20 points before even three minutes had elapsed. Matthew Stritzel (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) got off to a hot start, scoring eight points of Carleton’s 10 points in that span.

Carleton led by as many as nine on multiple occasions in the firt half before the Oles fought back to close within 39-36 with under two minutes to play. Kent Hanson (So./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) converted a layup and then rattled in a 3-pointer moments before the first half expired to hand his team a 44-36 edge at the break.

It was St. Olaf who started quickly in the second half, as they tallied five quick points to cut the deficit to three. Back-to-back slam dunks by Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) got Carleton back on track, however, and the Knights led by six early on.

St. Olaf managed to grab its first lead of the half with 13 minutes to go, but the Knights quickly regained the advantage as Henry Bensen (So./Roseville, Minn.) came up with steals leading to fast-break layups on back-to-back possessions.

With the scored knotted 60-60 and 9:30 remaining, St. Olaf sophomore Nate Albers converted a layup to push St. Olaf in front to stay. Carleton missed 8-of its next-10 shots and never recovered.

Carleton shot 61 percent in the first half but made only 37 percent of its shots in the second stanza. St. Olaf connected at a 50 percent clip before halftime and a 57 percent rate after.

Hanson was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points. He added five rebounds in the effort. Stritzel went 5-for-8 from deep and finished with 18 points, four assists, and three steals. Grow notched his 45th career double-double with 13 points and 11 boards to go along with three assists and two blocked shots. Senior Malekai Mischke (Beijing, China/International School of Beijing) contributed eight points off the bench, and Bensen took on the role of facilitator with a team-best seven assists.

Robert Tobroxen paced the Oles with 19 points and four blocks. Albers and Korba socred 11 ponts apiece in the second half and finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

With the result, the famed Goat Trophy will be at stake when the team’s meet for a Valentine’s Day rematch at West Gym. Two games separate the second from the seventh spots in the standings with seven contests remaining in the regular season.

The Knights will host Gustavus Adolphus College at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Live video and stats will be available via Knights Online.