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Result: W 79-74

Men's Basketball at UW-Eau Claire

Monday, December 10th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at Eau Claire, Wis. - Zorn Arena

Hanson and Stritzel pace Knights in win at UW-Eau Claire

Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: Nathan Klok

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Behind a career-high 32 points from Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) and a season-best 21-point effort from Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame), the Carleton College men’s basketball team got back into the win column, defeating UW-Eau Claire by a 79-74 score.

Carleton (3-5) shot 65 percent in the first half and 59 percent for the game en route to a season-best point total.

Hanson was 11-for-15 from the field—including a trio of 3-pointers—and went 7-of-10 at the charity stripe in logging his fourth career game with at least 30 points. He added eight rebounds, two steals, and an assist as he posted Carleton’s largest single-game point total since Taylor Hanson poured in 34 points against Macalester on Jan. 20, 2014.

The Knights trailed 36-26 with 6:30 remaining in the first half before Kent Hanson, Stritzel, and Carlston McKenzie (Fy./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) put together a 14-4 Carleton run that knotted the score at 40-40 late in the first half.

The Blugolds (5-3) held a 52-49 lead with 13:45 to go in the contest, but McKenzie knocked down a jumper and Hanson ran off eight consecutive points as part of the Knights’ 10-0 spurt.

The hosts tied the game back up at 64-64 nearing the six-minute mark before Stritzel buried his fourth 3-pointer of the contest, giving Carleton a lead it would not relinquish.

Not only did Carleton shoot well from the field, but the Knights committed only six turnovers, their lowest total since Jan. 14, 2017. The Carleton defense registered nine steals—four of them by Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville)—and finished the contest with a 20-5 edge in points off turnovers.

For Stritzel, this was his fifth career game with at least 20 points and the second such performance this season. McKenzie finished with 10 points, and Eau Claire native Noah Plewa (Sr./Wildlands School) added nine points playing before his hometown crowd.

Cole Rabedeaux and Spencer Page both drained four 3-pointers as the duo accounted for 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead UW-Eau Claire.

Carleton will host UW-River Falls on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Live video and stats will be available via Knights Online.