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Result: L 54-61

Men's Basketball at Concordia College-Moorhead

Monday, January 21st, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. at Moorhead, Minn. - Memorial Auditorium

Knights go cold in second half, fall at Concordia

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Henry Bensen
Henry Bensen
Photo: Ryan Coleman

MOORHEAD, Minn. – After building a nine-point halftime lead, the Carleton College men’s basketball team went ice cold after intermission and dropped a 61-54 result at Concordia College-Moorhead. Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) poured in a game-high 26 points, accounting for nearly half the Knights’ scoring on the evening.

Carleton (6-11, 4-8 MIAC) led by as many as 12 points in the first half and carried a 34-25 advantage into intermission. That’s when things went sideways for the Knights, who shot only 29 percent (6-of-21) during second half  while Concordia (6-11, 5-7 MIAC) made 11-of-22 attempts over the same span and outscored Carleton by a 36-20 margin in the period.

The Cobbers led 13-8 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half before Carleton got on track and both ends of the floor. Carlston McKenzie (Fy./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) scored five points over the next two minutes to spark the Knights’ 23-6 run that spanned nearly 10 minutes and gave the visitors a 31-19 lead. The defense forced six turnovers over that stretch and nine in the first half overall, compared to only one Carleton miscue during the first 20 minutes.

The home squad quickly cut into the deficit, opening the second half on a 10-3 spurt as Collin Larson’s trey made it a 37-35 game at the 14:47 mark. Concordia eventually pulled ahead for the first time in the frame at 46-45, courtesy of a Jordan Davis’ jumper with 7:30 remaining.

A 3-pointer from Hanson put the Knights back in front, and Carleton owned a 50-46 lead after Henry Bensen (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) made two free throws at the 5:21 mark.

The Knights stumbled down the stretch, though, going 1-for-5 from the field as Concordia closed the game on a 15-4 run. The Cobbers were 3-of-6 from the field and made all nine of their free throws to seal the victory.

Hanson tallied 14 of Carleton’s 20 second-half points. In addition to Benson’s free throws, Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) and Noah Plewa (Sr./Eau Claire, Wis./Wildlands School) had the only other second-half baskets for the Knights.

McKenzie did all of his damage in the opening half, as the rookie ended up with seven points. Plewa racked up six points and five boards.

For the Cobbers, Bryden Urie had 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Davis finished with 13 points and six boards. The home team has now won 13 of the last 16 meetings between these teams.

Monday’s loss coupled with other results around the conference dropped the Knights into a tie for eighth place in the MIAC standings with a month left in the regular season.

Carleton will look to get back in the win column when the Knights host Bethel University on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. Links to live video and stats will be available on Knights Online.