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Result: W 73-58

Men's Basketball vs. Saint John's University

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Red-hot Knights dismantle Johnnies

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: David Pape


NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Four Knights finished in double figures led by Kent Hanson’s (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) 18-point effort off the bench, as the Carleton College men’s basketball team claimed a 73-58 victory over conference-leading Saint John’s University on Saturday afternoon. The Knights won their fourth straight game, the longest active win streak in the MIAC.

“A pretty complete performance on both sides of the floor today by our team,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “Saint John’s is a high-powered offensive team that has a number of talented individual scorers and playmakers. I thought we did a nice job guarding them throughout the game, while offensively we were able to put together a number of quality possessions. I am pleased with how we have been able to sustain our focus and execution over the last few weeks.”

Carleton (8-8, 5-6 MIAC) won the game by holding the Saint John’s (12-4, 8-3 MIAC) to a season-low 58 points, 22 points below the Johnnies’ season average, by limiting SJU to 28 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc. Those statistics are notable because Saint John’s entered the day shooting .508 overall and .418 from three-point range to rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in NCAA Division III.

After a slow start—one that saw the Knights face their lone deficit of the contest at 3-2—Carleton jumped out to leads of 11-3 and 28-10 before carrying a 36-21 advantage into halftime. The Knights shot 59.3 percent in the period compared to 31.8 percent for the visitors.

Carleton maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and led by as much as 19 on multiple occasions. The Johnnies had no choice but to play the foul game down the stretch in a last-ditch attempt to stay in the game, but Carleton converted 18 second-half free throws to notch its fourth-consecutive 10+ point margin of victory.

Hanson was 7-of-11 from the field and added eight rebounds and two steals. Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn.) added 13 points in the game, while Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) and Mitchell Biewen (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Grow recorded three blocks and pulled down eight boards to match Hanson for the game-high in that category.

Saint John’s post Tyler Weiss finished with a game-best 23 points, and David Stockman contributed 16 points as the duo combined to scored 17 of those points at the charity stripe.

The Knights will put their win streak on the line when they battle the Cardinals of Saint Mary’s University on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at West Gym. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., and a live video broadcast will be provided via Knights online.