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Result: L 46-62

Men's Basketball at Bethel University

Saturday, February 17th, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. at Arden Hills, Minn. - Robertson Center

Knights fall to Royals, earn No. 6 seed in playoffs

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Joh Farmer
Joh Farmer
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – An offensive lull late in the second half doomed the Carleton College men’s basketball team, as the Knights suffered a 62-46 defeat at the hands of Bethel University in the final game of the regular season.

The first half was characterized by airtight defensive play from both sides. Carleton (14-11, 12-8 MIAC) knocked down only 7-of its-25 field-goal attempts (28 percent), and Bethel (19-6, 14-6 MIAC) converted on 7-of-23 (30 percent). No player scored more than five points for either team. At the break, Bethel led, 17-16, the fewest points in a half for either team since Carleton led Bethel 16-13 at intermission on Feb. 1, 2017.

Things took off quickly in the second half on Saturday. Carleton found an offensive rhythm and built its largest lead of the contest at 38-30 with 10:30 remaining, but from there, it was all Bethel.

The Royals closed the game on a 32-8 run to clinch the No. 3 seed in the MIAC playoffs. Carleton slipped into a tie with St. Thomas for fifth in the standings and lost the head-to-head tiebreaker so the Knights settled for the No. 6 seed. That means Carleton will return to Bethel on Wednesday, Feb. 21 for the quarterfinals of the MIAC Playoffs.

Carleton finished with a season-low 46 points, as the Knights shot at a 36 percent clip overall and managed to hit more three-pointers (6) than free throws (2).

Joh Farmer (Jr./Roseville, Minn.) was the leading scorer for the Knights with 11 points. He also grabbed two steals. Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) poured in nine and finished with 12 rebounds, just missing out on a double-double but increasing his career total to 994 rebounds, eight-most in MIAC history.

Kent Hanson (So./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) added eight points, and Quinn Johnson (Jr./Roseville, Minn.) totaled seven points and four steals.

Matt Ambriz led Bethel with 17 points, and Granger Kingland had 16 as that duo combined for 23 second-half points.

Wednesday’s quarterfinal game at Bethel will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Live audio will be available on worldwide via Knights Online.