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Result: L 62-71

Men's Basketball vs. Hamline University

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Stritzel keeps it close, but Knights clipped by Pipers on Senior Day

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

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Despite 11 points in the final five minutes of play from Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame), the Carleton College men’s basketball team could not keep up with Hamline University in the second half and dropped its Senior Day game, 71-62.

Stritzel did his best to bring the Knights (6-17, 4-14 MIAC) back from a double-digit deficit, starting at the 5:05 mark with a driving layup. He added three more 3-pointers after that, but the Pipers (11-12, 8-10 MIAC) did just enough down the stretch, taking care of the ball and knocking down five free throws in the final 94 seconds, to keep the home team at bay.

In what was the final Saturday home game in the careers of senior captains Joh Farmer (Roseville, Minn.), Quinn Johnson (Roseville, Minn.), and Noah Plewa (Eau Claire, Wis./Wildlands School), the Knights got off to a hot start, leading by a 14-6 tally courtesy of back-to-back threes from Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) and another from Farmer.

Another 3-pointer from Hanson several minutes later made it a 19-12 game in Carleton’s favor, forcing a Hamline timeout with 8:00 remaining. From there, the Pipers answered with a 9-0 run to a 21-19 lead with under six minutes to go before intermission.

The Knights trailed 28-25 at the half but knotted the game up for the sixth time at 38-38 with 13:35 remaining in the second period. The Pipers initiated another run, this one of the 7-0 variety, to take their largest lead of the game to that point at 45-38. The visitors eventually extended their lead to 13 at 64-51 with 4:38 remaining.

Despite Stritzel’s late scoring barrage, Hamline claimed the victory to maintain its hold on the sixth and final position in the race for the MIAC Playoffs.

Stritzel and Hanson each bucketed 20 points to lead Carleton on the offensive end. This was Hanson’s ninth 20-point game of the season and included five rebounds and two steals. Stritzel scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to reach the 20-point barrier for the third consecutive game.

Farmer did a bit of everything for the Knights, as he finished with six points, three rebounds, and two steals. Johnson and Plewa both totaled four points and six boards.

Isaac Brooks paced four Pipers in double figures with a game-high 22 points and five rebounds. Point guard Jake Larson collected 15 points, four boards, and four assists. Lucas Berg and Michael Dillon scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench.

Carleton will play its final home game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with a midweek MIAC doubleheader against Concordia-Moorehead. The women’s game tips off at 5:45 p.m., while the men’s game is slated for a 7:45 p.m. start. Links to live video and stats for both games will available via Knights Online.