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Result: L 57-61

Men's Basketball hosts University of St. Thomas

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Win streak snapped as Knights come up short against Tommies

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s basketball team suffered its first defeat of the conference season, 61-57, at the hands of the University of St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon at West Gymnasium. The result snapped the Knights’ 18-game MIAC regular-season win streak.

The Tommies (6-5, 4-2 MIAC) got the opening tip and wasted little time jumping out to a 6-0 lead courtesy of back-to-back three-pointers. Over the course of the next few possessions, the visitors pushed their advantage to 12-3 and stifled Carleton’s offense until the latter stages of the half. A late mini-surge by the Knights (7-4, 5-1 MIAC) sliced the deficit to six at 29-23 heading into the break.

Carleton struggled from the field in the frame, shooting at a 29.6 percent clip. Luckily for the home squad, St. Thomas did not fare much better, ending the half with a 35.5 field-goal percentage.

The Tommies scored the first five points of the second half to go up 34-23 and would extend their lead to as many as 13 on multiple occasions. The Knights slowly clawed their way back into the game and a feed from Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) resulted in an uncontested lay-in for Ryan Casperson (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong), making the score 60-54 with 1:45 still to go. Grow converted on two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to bring Carleton within four points.

After a deliberate foul in the backcourt, St. Thomas missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the charity stripe. On the following Knights possession, Kent Hanson (So./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) was fouled on the ground and went to the line for a one-and-one chance of his own. He hit the first, but a Carleton lane violation on the next shot wiped out Hanson’s second made free throw and gave the Tommies the ball leading by three with 9.3 seconds left.

Ryan Boll, who led the Tommies with 15 points and 10 rebounds, effectively sealed the game by hitting one of two free throws, and a desperation shot by Carleton fell short to deliver the home team its first MIAC loss of the season.

Two players notched double-doubles for the Knights. Despite scoring only two points in the first half, Grow finished with game highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Hanson tallied 11 points and 10 boards along with two steals. Casperson was the third and final Knight in double figures, totaling with 10 points. Quinn Johnson (Jr./Roseville, Minn.) dished out a game-high five assists.

The Knights turn around quickly to host No. 16-ranked Saint John’s University on Monday night at 7 p.m. A live video broadcast will be available via Knights Online.

NOTES: This was Carleton’s first MIAC regular-season loss since Jan. 11, 2017… Kevin Grow now has 857 career rebounds, moving into 17th place in MIAC history. He also moved past Jeremy Sutherland ’11 and into 14th place on Carleton’s all-time scoring list with 1,174 points.

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