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Result: W 77-52

Men's Basketball at Concordia College

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. at Moorhead, Minn. - Memorial Auditorium

Knights get back on track, cruise to win at Concordia

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Matthew Stritzel
Matthew Stritzel
Photo: Nathan Klok

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Behind 17 points from first-year Matthew Stritzel (Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) and a game-high 18 points from Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial), the Carleton College men’s basketball team rode an impressive first-half performance to a convincing 77-52 victory at Concordia College.

Carleton (8-6, 6-3 MIAC) began its dominant first half by streaking out to a 9-4 lead, forcing an early Concordia timeout. The Knights gradually extended their edge throughout the period, which included a 9-0 run to give the visitors a 28-15 advantage with 9:45 remaining before the break. There was little the Cobbers (4-10, 2-7 MIAC) could do to slow the Knights’ offensive rhythm, and the scoreboard read 47-28 in Carleton’s favor at intermission.

Stritzel had an electrifying opening half for Carleton, tallying 11 of the Knights’ first 19 points and totaling 14 points in the period, including a trio of three-pointers. As a team, Carleton shot 59 percent from the field and went 5-of-8 (63 percent) from downtown.

The Knights maintained at least a 16-point lead throughout the second half, pushing their advantage to as many as 28 at 65-37 before both teams emptied their benches down the stretch. Each player on the Carleton roster scored, and at the final buzzer, Carleton snapped its three-game skid by the 77-52 tally.

With Stritzel leading the way, Carleton matched its season-high with eight 3-pointers and shot a season-best 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from beyond the arc. The Knights were whistled for only eight fouls, their lowest total since Jan. 19, 2015.

Grow led all scorers with 18 points and added 10 rebounds, good for his 11th double-double of the season. Sophomore Kent Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) also reached double figures with 12 points, and Henry Bensen (So./Roseville, Minn.) added seven points and seven assists—one off his career best—in the winning effort.

Colllin Larson was the lone Cobber on double figures, collecting 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

The Knights return home to face Saint Mary’s University at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17. A live video broadcast will be available via Knights Online.

NOTE: The original stats released by Concordia had Kevin Grow with only 16 points, but a review of the game film found a basket improperly credited to a teammate.