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Result: L 53-57

Men's Basketball at MIAC Playoffs - Semifinals at Bethel University

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at Arden Hills, Minn. - Robertson Center

Win streak snapped as Knights fall at Bethel in MIAC Semifinals

Mitchell Biewen
Mitchell Biewen
Photo: Hugh O'Connor '20


ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s basketball team saw its 14-game win streak snapped as the Knights lost, 57-53, at Bethel University in the semifinals of the MIAC Playoffs.

“Our guys really battled against an excellent Bethel team tonight,” said Carleton head coach Guy Kalland. “Defensively we were on our toes for the majority of the game, but we uncharacteristically turned the ball over too many times, and Bethel hurt us on the offensive glass as well.

“I want to thank our three seniors again for all of their contributions to our program over the past four years. They are truly an exceptional group and will all be missed dearly.”

For the Knights (18-9) to even make the postseason was quite an accomplishment, given that the team sat at 4-8 overall and 1-6 in the MIAC following a five-game losing streak capped by a setback at Concordia on Jan. 11. Carleton recovered from that slide and ran off 14 consecutive triumphs, its longest win streak since the 2005-06 squad bounced back from a slow start to win 17 straight and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The Carleton offense at times looked like a squad playing its sixth game in the last 13 days and was facing a Bethel (20-6) team that entered the evening with seven full days of rest. The Knights committed 19 turnovers, matching their worst total of the season, but the Carleton defense did its job once again. Carleton limited the Royals, who own the highest-scoring offense in the MIAC, to 25 points below their season average and their second lowest scoring total of the season—behind only a 51-point output against the Knights midway through the win streak.

The Knights worked hard to build a 17-9 lead approaching the midpoint of the first half, before Bethel put together a 10-0 spurt to re-gain the lead. The sides went into intermission knotted at 29-29.

The game remained close and neither side could create separation, and scoreboard read 46-46 with 7:20 remaining. A Bridgeport Tussler layup sparked a game-changing 10-0 run for the Royals spanning the next five minutes. The Carleton defense limited Bethel to just one more point the rest of the way, but despite a final-minute 3-pointer from Mitchell Biewen (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) and an offensive putback for Peter Bakker-Arkema (Sr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline), the Knights could not climb all the way out of the double-digit hole.

Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) paced the Knights with 14 points and added eight rebounds and a game-high three blocks. Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) contributed 12 points, and Kent Hanson (Fy./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) chipped in 10 points with eight rebounds and was one of three Knights with two steals.

Freddie Gillespie (So./Saint Paul, Minn./East Ridge) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and added two more blocks to his season total.

Granger Kingland finished with a game-high 15 points to pace Bethel, which also saw a 12-point contribution from Derek Magnusson and 10 points from Trevor Hall.