The Gustavus men’s basketball team suffered a disappointing 67-49 loss to Carleton in Northfield on Saturday afternoon completing a rough two week stretch where the Gusties have played five of their last six games on the road. The setback was the third straight and fourth in the last five games for Gustavus which falls to 12-9 overall and 10-6 in the MIAC.
Both teams got off to a slow start and the Gusties trailed the Knights 13-6 after ten minutes of play. Coach Mark Hanson’s squad would out-score Carleton 15-7 in the final ten minutes of the first half and took a 21-20 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The second half would be a struggle for the Gusties as the Knights used a 12-0 run to build a 14-point lead at 39-25 with 13:06 left to play. Gustavus would counter with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to seven points at 39-32, but that is as close as Mark Hanson’s squad would get as Carleton shot 55.2 percent in the second half (16-29) and pulled away for the convincing 18-point victory.
Bobby Johnson was the only Gustavus player to compile double-figures in scoring with 12.
With the loss, the Gusties fall into a fourth place tie in the MIAC with St. Olaf at 10-6. Gustavus will not play again until next Saturday, February 12 at 3:00 pm at home against first place St. Thomas.