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Result: L 47-51

Men's Basketball at Hamline University

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Hutton Arena

Knights go cold in loss to Pipers

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Matthew Stritzel
Matthew Stritzel
Photo: Phoebe Smith '19

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Cold shooting was the culprit as the Carleton College men’s basketball team dropped its third straight game, this time falling 51-47 at Hamline University.

Hamline (7-7, 3-6 MIAC) raced out to an early 8-3 lead before five straight points by Carleton (7-6, 5-3 MIAC) knotted things. During the next 14 minutes until halftime, it was anybody’s game. There were seven lead changes, and the largest advantage owned by either squad was only three points. At the break, Hamline claimed a slim 26-25 lead.

The Pipers shot marginally better from the field than the Knights during the first half, 46 percent compared to 44 percent.

The defenses took over in the second half as Hamline shot 33 percent from the field while the Knights managed only a 24 percent success rate after intermission.

Hamline built the game’s largest lead, 43-32, midway through the second half and still possessed a 48-41 advantage with 3:08 remaining. Not to be deterred, the Knights began to chip away at the deficit.

Matthew Stritzel (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) converted in the paint, and with less than two minutes to go, Kent Hanson (So./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key as Carleton closed to within 48-46.

On the other end, Quinn Johnson (Jr./Roseville, Minn.) nabbed a steal on the perimeter, and Carleton called a timeout. After a turnover, Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) quickly stole the ball back and was fouled. He converted one of two free throws, but the Knights were forced to foul.

Issac Brooks iced the game for Hamline by making 3-of-4 free throws over the final 18 seconds.

Grow was the lone Knight in double figures, finishing the contest with game-highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Stritzel added nine points and five boards, while Hanson contributed seven points and eight rebounds.

Zach Smith led a trio of Pipers in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Knights will look to snap their skid this Saturday, Jan. 13 at Concordia College. A live audio broadcast of the 1:00 p.m. contest can be heard on KDHL 920 AM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.