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Result: L 45-72

Men's Basketball vs. University of St. Thomas

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights can't get past defense of No. 7 St. Thomas

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Noah Plewa
Noah Plewa
Photo: Liesl Helminiak '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Last Saturday, the Carleton College men’s basketball team handed a national top-10 team its first conference loss. A week later, the Knights welcomed another top-tier opponent to West Gym, but this time the stifling defense of No. 7-ranked University of St. Thomas allowed the visitors to leave unscathed after claiming a 72-45 triumph on Saturday afternoon

A week after holding then No. 8 Saint John’s to a season-low 63 points, Carleton (6-13, 4-10 MIAC) held St. Thomas (17-1, 13-0 MIAC) well below the Tommies’ season scoring average, but this time the Knights were stymied for a season-low 45 points. St. Thomas came into the game averaging 85.8 points per game, tops in the conference, and its 72 points in this game made for the squad’s second-lowest scoring output on the season.

But the visitors succeeded in stifling the offensive attack of the Knights, as Carleton converted on just 16-of-56 (28.6 percent) field goals in the contest, including a 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) showing from the 3-point line. St. Thomas also forced 19 Carleton turnovers, whereas the Tommies themselves coughed it up only six times.

Following Matthew Stritzel’s (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) early floater in the lane, Carleton would go nearly eight minutes without scoring, a drought finally snapped at the 11:20 mark via a Zac Olmsted (Fy./Pulsbo, Wash./North Kitsap) 3-pointer.

Three minutes later Carleton still faced a 17-9 deficit, and the Knights would get no closer on the afternoon. The hosts shot only 18 percent in the first half and trailed 32-16 at the break.

Carleton got off to a solid start in the second period, as Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) skied for an offensive rebound and put it back up for a bucket, energizing the Knight bench and the home crowd, but the Tommies quickly regained their composure and gradually added to their lead over the course of the half.

Neither team shot exceptionally well, but St. Thomas enjoyed a 21-1 edge in points off turnvovers and a decision 40-18 edge in points in the paint.

For the Knights, Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) notched his ninth double-double of the season, finishing with game highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds. He scored 14 of his points in the second half. Joh Farmer (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) added seven points, three boards, and a block in the effort. Olmsted and Noah Plewa (Sr./Eau Claire, Wis./Wildlands School) each totaled five points, and the latter grabbed six rebounds as well.

Elijah Hannah and Thomas Madison each scored 14 points for St. Thomas. Connor Bair pitched in with 10 points and five rebounds.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Knights will host Augsburg University at 7:00 p.m. at West Gymnasium. Links to live video and stats will be available on Knights Online.