Carleton’s long range shooting too much for Cardinals men

The Carleton men’s basketball team knocked down eight 3-point field goals en route to handing Saint Mary’s its first home loss of the season in a 71-48 victory at Saint Mary’s Gym on Wednesday.

The Knights shot 52 percent from the floor and connected on six 3-pointers in the opening half to take a 42-20 lead into the locker room.

SMU (4-3, 2-2 MIAC) used a 7-2 run to begin the second half to cut Carleton’s (6-2, 3-0) lead to 44-27, but would draw no closer.

The Knights went on a 14-3 run immediately after and eased to the victory to remain the only undefeated team in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Wylie Ferron tallied a team-high 10 points for the Cardinals, while Connor Kaiser and Will Swiggum each had eight and Quashingm Smith-Pugh scored six to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.

Tianen Chen led Carleton with a game-high 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, and drained all nine of his free throw attempts.

With the loss, Saint Mary’s had its two-game winning streak snapped and are now 3-1 at home for the year.

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