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Oles overpower Knights to retain Goat for third straight year

Nick Hoelmer
December 3, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Charlie Aslesen had 14 points and five rebounds off the bench to help the St. Olaf men's basketball team overpower Carleton 65-37 on Tuesday evening at Skoglund Center.

"Carleton is the biggest game of the year," said Aslesen. "The rivalry and intensity that comes with playing them is awesome and the environment, especially at home, makes the rivalry so much fun."

Playing for the chance to retain the infamous Goat Trophy for the third straight year, St. Olaf (4-2, 1-0 MIAC) was in the driver's seat for the entire game. The Oles held Carleton to six points over the final 11 minutes of the first half to take a 31-16 lead at the half.

To compliment Aslesen, Connor Gunderson continued his consistent play on the season by adding 12 points and six rebounds, Mason Braden tallied six points and six rebounds and Justin Pahl shot 3-of-4 from three-point land to add nine points.

Taylor Hansen had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead Carleton (0-4, 0-1 MIAC).

The St. Olaf defense was also sturdy, as it held Carleton to a mere 31 percent from the floor. The Knight's 37 points was the least amount of points given up by a St. Olaf team since January 13, 1992 when the Oles defeated the University of St. Thomas 52-37.

"Defense has been the focal point of every drill and a part of of everything we have worked on thus far in the season," said Aslesen. "Coach Koz and all of the assistant coaches have put a particularly strong emphasis on our 'team,' not 'individual' defense this season."

"We got a great team win tonight and that is just what we need to continue to do as the season progresses," said Aslesen.

The game was also a Coaches versus Cancer event that was put on by Northfield Relay for Life. Coaches from both teams wore tennis shoes to increase awareness of the disease and there were numerous events that occurred during the game to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

"Winning tonight's game was especially meaningful in the sense that we got a victory for our coach, who is fighting for his own victory against cancer," said Aslesen. "Most people have been affected by cancer and we have a coach that has been blessed beyond belief to have come so close to completely beating cancer."

Next up for the Oles is a MIAC matchup at Augsburg College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.