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Result: W 101-76

Men's Basketball at Macalester College

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Leonard Center

Knights handle Macalester in 101-76 triumph

Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: Hugh O'Connor '20

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kent Hanson (So./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) matched his career best with 30 points and Matthew Stritzel (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) contributed a career-high 27 points off the bench as the Carleton College men’s basketball team stayed unbeaten in conference action with a 101-76 road win over Macalester College.

The point total matched the 10th-highest figure in Carleton (5-1, 3-0 MIAC) team history. This marks only the second time that the Knights have surpassed the century mark over the last 17 years.

Carleton forward Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) turned in another big performance, finishing the contest with 20 points and 17 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the season and moved him past both Howard Rosenblum ’55 (1,068 points) and Scott Christensen ’03 (1,070 points) and into a tie for Leon Smith ’74 (1,086 points) for 21st on the Knights’ all-time scoring list. Grow also tied his career best with a game-high eight assists and contributed two blocks.

Hanson initially established his career high in a game at Macalester last Febraury and has already surpassed 20 points three times this year. He also snared 11 rebounds on Saturday for his third career double-double, and this marks the second time this season that both Hanson and Grow posted double-doubles in the same game (also Nov. 29 vs. Hamline).

Stritzel drained five 3-pointers to match his career best and tallied his 27 points along with seven assists in only 28 minutes of action. This marked the first time Carleton had three players score at least 20 points in the same game since the Feb. 9, 2013 contest at Macalester.

In today’s tilt, the Scots (1-6, 0-4 MIAC) attempted to increase the pace of play by utilizing a full-court trap and sending waves of substitutions five players at a time. Sixteen Scots played between 8 and 18 minutes in the contest.

The Knights countered by passing over, around, and through the double teams to get open shots. Carleton shot 60 percent for the game and limited Macalester to only 39 percent shooting.

The Scots took their lone lead of the contest, 4-3, with a 3-pointer at the 17:24 mark of the first half. After six passes on the next Knights’ possession, Quinn Johnson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) converted a layup, and Carleton stayed in front the rest of the afternoon. Johnson was the fourth Knight in double figures and was one of four Knights to register multiple steals.

The Knights took a 48-39 lead into halftime and extended the margin to 30 points on multiple occasions during the second half.

Wyatt Ferm’s 14-point effort paced four Scots in double figures.

Carleton returns to West Gym and will host Augsburg College on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.