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Result: L 69-94

Men's Basketball at University of Saint Thomas

Monday, February 5th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Schoenecker Arena

Knights stumble in second half at St. Thomas

Ryan Casperson
Ryan Casperson matched his season-high with 12 points.
Photo: Nathan Klok

ST. PAUL, Minn. – What had the potential to be another down to the wire thriller, instead slipped away from the Knights in the second half as the Carleton College men’s basketball team absorbed a 94-69 loss at the University of St. Thomas.

Kent Hanson (So./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) had 19 points to pace Carleton (12-9, 10-6 MIAC), while Ryan Casperson (Sr./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) matched his season-high with 12 points off the bench and Kevin Grow (Sr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) tallied 11 points and seven rebounds.

St. Thomas (13-8, 11-5 MIAC) built a 41-31 with less than a minute remaining in the first half, but a Joh Farmer (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) layup and three-pointer at the buzzer by Hanson pulled the Knights within 41-36 at the break.

Carleton kept chipping away at the deficit after intermission, and Henry Bensen’s (So./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) layup gave the Knights a 51-50 lead at the 15:10 mark of the second half.

Then the Knights suddenly went cold and did not register a field goal over the next 11 minutes. Carleton was 0-of-9 from the field with five turnovers during the drought.

Over that same 11-minute stretch, the Tommies converted 13-of-15 field goals en route to handing Carleton its worst loss since an 82-52 St. Thomas victory over the Knights on Jan. 4, 2014.

Ryan Boll had game-highs of 27 points and nine rebounds to pace the Tommies, who shot 58 percent from the field as a team.

While the Knights did a great job getting to the free throw line throughout the contest, Carleton could not cash in enough opportunities, starting the game a meager 10-of-25 (40 percent) on those attempts. The Knights recovered to knock down 9-of their final-10 free throws over the final 8:37, but by that point they were already facing a 15-point deficit.

The loss drops Carleton into a tie for fifth place in the MIAC with Bethel University, which was idle on Monday.

The Knights face another stiff challenge on Wednesday, Feb. 7 when they travel to conference leader Saint John’s University for a 7 p.m. contest. Live audio will be available on KDHL 920 AM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.

NOTE: Grow notched his 200th career blocked shot early in the first half, becoming only the third player in MIAC history to total 1000 points, 900 rebounds, and 200 blocks:

Player (team) Years Points Rebounds Blocks
Jason Velgersdyk (Bethel) 1980-83 1416 947 218
Carl Hipp (Hamline 2007-11 1575 918 244
Kevin Grow (Carleton)
2014-18
1354
964
200

Kevin Grow, men's basketball, 200 blocks 2018-02-05--------------