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Result: L 57-60

Men's Basketball vs. Macalester College

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Scots slip past Knights, 60-57

Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Kent Hanson (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) and Matthew Stritzel (So./Chicago, Ill./Niles Notre Dame) combined to pour in 45 points, but the Carleton College men’s basketball team was edged by Macalester College 60-57 on Wednesday night, eliminating the Knights from playoff contention.

Hanson scored a game-high 25 points in the effort for Carleton (6-16, 4-13 MIAC), including 18 in the second half to keep the game tight. This was his eighth 20-point game this season, and he fell a rebound shy of a double-double. Stritzel, for his part, reached 20 points via several clutch buckets late in the game.

While the field-goal percentages showed a very slight edge to Macalester—.386 to .382 overall and .259 to .250 from beyond the arc—the Scots (6-17, 3-15) managed to find a significant edge at the free throw line, as they hit 19 of their 28 attempts (67.9 percent). The Knights, on the other hand, converted on just 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) tries from the charity stripe.

Carleton needed to win its final four games as well get some help from around the conference to keep their slim MIAC Playoff hopes alive, but the Knights were mathematically eliminated with the setback. Carleton had made 22 trips to the postseason over the previous 32 seasons.

Both teams started out sluggishly and the game was tied 24-24 heading into the break.

A 7-0 run by the Knights put the home squad up 33-26 at the 16:32 mark of the second half. Macalester responded with a 13-3 run over the next five minutes to go up 39-36 with 11:38 still to play.

Henningfield and Ferm took over for the Scots, keeping their team just ahead of the Knights deep into the game. After Stritzel knocked down two free throws to tie things up at 50 with 3:39 left, Macalester went on a 6-0 run—all free throws—forcing Carleton to play the foul game.

Thanks to some help from a few Macalester misses at the charity stripe and timely baskets on the offensive end, the Knights had a chance to tie down three on their last possession. Carleton called a timeout with 5.3 seconds left to draw up a play. On the inbound, Quinn Johnson (Sr./Roseville, Minn.) found Stritzel several feet behind the arc. The latter put up the deep three, but it was off the mark, and Macalester escaped with the narrow 60-57 victory.

Henningfield went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and racked up 21 points and five rebounds for the Scots, while Ferm collected 19 points, including his 1,000th career tally early in the second half.

It will be Senior Day when the Knights will hit the court at home again on Saturday, Feb. 9 against Hamline University at 3:00 p.m. Links to live video and stats will be available on Knights Online.

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