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Result: W 66-48

Men's Basketball at North Central University (MN)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at Minneapolis, Minn. - Clark-Danielson College Life Center Gymnasium

Knights rebound with 66-48 victory over North Central

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Matthew Stritzel
Matthew Stritzel
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s basketball team bounced back from its season-opening loss last Thursday to take down North Central University, 66-48, on Tuesday night at the Clark-Danielson College Life Center Gymnasium.

Buckets were difficult to come by early on, especially for North Central (1-2). Carleton (1-1), for its part, was held to just two points until Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) knocked down a shot from distance to give the Knights a 5-0 lead at the 16:59 mark.

The visitors extended their unanswered lead to nine before the Rams finally broke through nearly six minutes into the affair, making it 9-2 Carleton. North Central started the game 0-for-7 from the field. A dump-in by Carlston McKenzie  (Fy./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) made it 13-2 a few possessions later, prompting a North Central timeout with 12:09 to go.

The Rams came out firing on all cylinders after the break, reeling off eight straight points to cut the deficit to three. Carleton’s scoreless drought, which lasted almost four minutes, ended when Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) converted on a layup, making it 15-10. North Central answered, but the Knights took off on a 9-0 run to double the Rams’ point total at 24-12 with five minutes left to play in the first half.

North Central was not done, though. The Rams responded with another 8-0 streak to bring it within four at 24-20 following a three-pointer in transition. A late driving finish by Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) and two free throws by Zac Olmsted (Fy./Pulsbo, Wash./North Kitsap) gave the Knights a bit more room to breathe heading into the half, leading 28-21.

The Knights and Rams traded blows in the early going of the second half, with North Central closing within 3026 thanks to a three at the shot-clock buzzer with 18:52 to play. From there, the Knights began to gradually build their lead. A step-back transition three-pointer from Stritzel capped a 10-2 run for the Knights, and the Rams called a timeout to regroup with 15:34 to play.

North Central would not get any closer than that the rest of the way. Olmsted drilled a shot from beyond the arc just over halfway through the period to put the Knights up 49-32 and force another North Central timeout. Carleton’s largest lead was 20 points, which allowed the visiting squad to empty its bench with a few minutes left to play. The Knights went on to win 66-48.

Stritzel led the way for Carleton with 18 points and five rebounds. Hanson collected his seventh career double-double with 14 points, 11 boards, and two steals. Senior captain Johnson also stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Micah Filer was the lone Ram in double figures, accounting for 11 points.

The Knights have over a week to take care of fall term finals and recover before they travel west to face the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 5:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. CST).