ST. PAUL, Minn. — Scott Theisen (Jr./Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) drained five three-pointers on his way to a career-best 27 points, but his stellar performance was not enough for the Carleton College men’s basketball team. The Knights fell to the University of St. Thomas by a final score of 68-57, officially ending any hopes for a MIAC playoff berth.
Theisen’s 27 tallies, good for his fifth 20-point game of his career and season, were the most that any Knight has scored in a single game since Jeremy Sutherland ’11 poured in 27 against Bethany Lutheran College on Dec. 17, 2010.
Theisen went 9-of-13 from the field and the five triples matched his career-best set only 12 days ago against Macalester. Carleton (9-14, 6-12 MIAC) also received 15 points from point guard Tom Sawatzke (Jr./Monticello, Minn./Monticello), but the Knights struggled to generate offense on the inside. Carleton’s two biggest bodies, Michael Grinnell (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) and Caleb Rosenow (Sr./Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing), tallied just two points apiece.
Theisen drained a three-pointer on the game’s first possession, giving Carleton what would be its lone lead of the evening. The Tommies (17-6, 14-4 MIAC) responded with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes.
Theisen did his best to keep the Knights close, scoring 14 of Carleton’s first 18 points and recording the assist on the other two baskets. He accumulated 18 of the squad’s 26 points in the first half, thanks largely to going 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the period
After another Theisen jumper pulled the visitors within 30-26 with 2:33 remaining in the first half, St. Thomas closed the period with a 9-0 run and never looked back.
Trailing by a baker’s dozen to begin the half, the closest Carleton got over the second period was 11, which occurred on its final possession. Theisen drained a long three pointer with 33 seconds remaining for the final points in the contest.
Will DeBerg had 17 points to pace St. Thomas, which shot 61 percent in the first half and 56 percent for the contest.
The Knights next game will be their final home contest of the season. Carleton will host Augsburg College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. It will be Senior Night at West Gym, with a special pre-game ceremony in recognition of Rosenow, Grinnell, and student assistant coach Spencer Pratt (Apple Valley, Minn.). Live video will be available via Knights Online.