Carleton's efficient offensive display dooms Ole men
February 4, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Carleton shot 50.9 percent from the field and had four players in double figures as they defeated the St. Olaf men's basketball team 77-53 on Monday night at West Gym.
The Knights had 18 assists on 28 made baskets and made 16 of their 21 free throws. Taylor Hanson scored a career-high 21 points for Carleton (12-9, 9-7 MIAC). Scott Theisen had a standout all-around game with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Tom Sawatzke (16) and Shane McSparron (13) were also in double figures.
St. Olaf (8-13, 7-9 MIAC) was led by 13 points from Nathan Kuck off the bench. Kuck did most of his damage before halftime, as 11 of his 13 came in the opening half. His buzzer-beating three following a steal banked in to cut the Carleton lead to 38-31. Sterling Nielsen had eight points and seven rebounds for the Oles.
St. Olaf shot 46.4 percent in the opening half but fell to 31.0 percent in the second half as Carleton pulled away. The Oles were 5-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half but 0-for-8 in the second and made just 4-of-10 free throws in the game.
Carleton shot 56.7 percent in the opening half and 44.0 percent in the second half. The Knights also hit 5-of-13 threes and 16-of-21 free throws.
The Oles hung with the Knights early but midway through the first half, Carleton started to build up a lead. After the score was tied at 10, St. Olaf went on a quick 9-2 spurt after five quick points by Kuck. However, the Knights then went on a 26-9 run of their own to take a 10-point lead. Hanson scored 12 points during the run and Theisen added seven.
A Nielsen layup cut the deficit to five in the first minute of the second half, but that was as close as St. Olaf would get the rest of the way. Carleton went on a 9-2 run to stretch the lead from five to 12 with 16:52 to go. The Knights led by as many as 26 in the second half.
St. Olaf's next game is on Wednesday night at the Skoglund Center against Hamline. The Oles defeated the Pipers 74-73 on January 9 thanks to Nathan Kuck's last-second four-point play. Tip-off is at 7:30 pm.