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Result: L 59-62

Men's Basketball at California Institute of Technology

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. (PST) / 7:00 p.m. (CST) at Pasadena, Calif. - Braun Athletic Center

Knights' late rally falls short in 62-59 loss at Caltech

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

PASADENA, Calif. – Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) tallied a game-high and season-best 26 points and Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) buried a pair of late three-pointers, but the Carleton College men’s basketball team could not complete the comeback and dropped a pre-Thanksgiving affair at the California Institute of Technology, 62-59.

Carleton (1-2) bested Caltech (2-1) in overall field-goal percentage (53 to 39 percent), three-point percentage (54 to 43 percent), and rebounding (34-21). Unfortunately, the Knights committed 17 turnovers leading to 18 points for the Beavers, who were able to erase a nine-point deficit in the second half.

Caltech built a 26-19 advantage with 4:30 left in the opening period, utilizing back-to-back threes from Spencer Schneider. Carleton responded with an 11-0 run to close the stanza, a spurt punctuated by a Hanson three-pointer with six seconds left in the half. The junior led all scorers with 12 points at intermission as the Knights carried a 30-26 lead into the break.

Stritzel opened up the scoring in the second half with a fadeaway three and added a tear-drop floater on the Knights’ next possession, extending the Carleton run to 16-0 spanning parts of both halves and giving the visitors a 35-26 advantage

After Caltech made it a one-possession game, Hanson knocked down a timely, contested three-pointer to put the Knights up by five at 51-46 with 3:05 still to play.

Schneider answered on the other end with his own three, igniting a game-changing 8-0 run for the Beavers. After a Carleton turnover, Alec Andrews drove and sunk a layup to tie things up at 51 apiece. Then Ross Carter launched a three-pointer, which bounced off the back of the rim and back down through the hoop, handing the Beavers a 54-51 lead.

Hanson delivered for Carleton again, this time converting on two free throws to make it a one-point game, but a slashing layup by Andrews left Carleton trailing by three with 48 seconds remaining.

The Knights turned it over on the next possession, which forced Carleton to play the foul game with 31 seconds still to play. Noah Barnes made both free throws before Stritzel curled around a screen and buried a triple to bring Carleton within 58-56 with 22 ticks still on the clock. The Knights immediately fouled Barnes after the inbound, and he hit both free throws to put Caltech up by four.

For the second possession in a row, Stritzel nailed a three, this time from the corner off of a cross-court feed from Henry Bensen (Jr./Roseville, Minn.), slicing the Beavers’ lead to 60-59 with 12 seconds left. It was Andrews who went to the line for Caltech this time after another Carleton foul, and he put both free throws away to give his team a 62-59 edge. A desperation three by the Knights came up empty, and the Beavers escaped with the victory.

Hanson paced the Knights with his 12th career 20-plus point performance. He added six rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Stritzel complemented Hanson’s effort with 14 points, three boards, and three assists. Bensen and Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) combined for 13 rebounds and nine assists.

Marcus Gee led Caltech with 16 points, followed by 15 from Andrews.

The Knights return to action for the MIAC opener at Augsburg University on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:45 p.m. Links to live video and stats will be available on Knights Online.