Valiant Comeback Falls Short For Carleton Men
The Carleton Knights men's basketball team had a one-point lead with just over seven minutes to go at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on Wednesday night. Then the problem that's plagued them throughout the season reared it's ugly head. A succession of turnovers turned into layup after layup for the Gusties, who built a double-digit lead in no time.
Carleton never said die though an incredible comeback to make it a one-possession game late, but Gustavus hit their free throws in the closing minute and came out on top 57-55. The final turnover tally was Carleton 15 and Gustavus five.
In an eight-point loss to St. Olaf on Saturday at Carleton, the Knights had 17 turnovers to the Oles' five. Carleton had three players in double figures: Mitchell Biewen finished with 12 points, freshman Kevin Grow collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Beau Smith had 10 points. The Knights outrebounded Gustavus 34-26 and had five more threes and only one less free throw in the game.
The contest was tied at 26 at the half thanks to a Smith-three pointer at the buzzer. The Gusties were led by Brody Ziegler's 10 points and six rebounds. Gustavus improves to 7-5 in the league and Carleton falls to 5-8 in MIAC play. The Knights travel to St. Thomas on Saturday for a women's and men's doubleheader. Both games will be on KDHL. Coverage begins at 12:45 p.m. before the 1 p.m. women's tipoff.
The Carleton women lost at home to Gustavus 62-34. Turnovers spelled doom for the ladies also, with 28 turnovers to the Gusties' seven. Former Goodhue Wildcat Mikayla Miller was lights out good for Gustavus, with 31 points in the game on 11 of 18 shooting from the field and seven of eight from the free throw line. Miller also collected eight steals in the lopsided affair. Freshman Nenna Ezem led Carleton with 9 points.
In other MIAC men's games, St. Olaf remained a game behind St. Thomas in the MIAC title race with a 71-67 win over St. John's in Northfield, Augsburg downed Macalester 56-45 in St. Paul, Hamline edged Bethel 16-75 at Joe Hutton Arena, and St. Thomas rolled over St. Mary's in Winona 79-57.
In women's action, St. Olaf nipped St. Benedict in St. Joseph in overtime 58-53, Concordia rolled over St. Catherine 84-59, Augsburg outlasted Macalester 48-37, Bethel defeated Hamline in Arden Hills 67-55, and St. Thomas beat St. Mary's 74-51.