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Knights basketball beats Olaf, reclaim Goat Trophy

<efended the Goat Trophy successfully Wednesday night with a 62-51 victory at St. Olaf. The Knights also secured a birth to the MIAC playoffs and forced Olaf out of the playoff hunt with the win.

Zach Johnson ’08 had a great game, leading the Knights with 29 points to make him the sixth leading scorer in Carleton history with 1,370 points. Johnson also added seven rebounds and five assists. Carter Biewen ’11 added 12 points and seven rebounds as well.

The Knights never trailed starting the game with a 15-3 run. The Knights continued their hot shooting throughout the first half shooting 48 percent including 4-8 from the three-point range. The Knights led 33-22 at the half and Olaf could not recover shooting a mere 1-8 from the three-point range in the second half.

The Knights will remain in control of the Goat Trophy since St. Olaf could not sweep the season series. St. Olaf won the first game of the year in January, but had to win both games in order for the trophy to change hands. Carleton has had the Goat Trophy for 20 of the past 21 seasons.

The Knights will be the third or fourth seed in the upcoming MIAC playoffs which will begin next Tuesday. Either way, the Knights will have a home game. Their seed depends on their game tomorrow at Gustavus Adolphus and St. John’s game against St. Thomas later in the evening. Currently the Knights are in third with a one game lead over the Johnnies; if they win tomorrow they will be the third seed, but a Knight loss and Johnnies win will give the Knights the fourth seed in the tournament. Gustavus is currently seeded second.

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