Basketball Gameday: Carleton at St. John’s

MIAC men’s basketball

St. John’s (3-5 MIAC, 5-8 overall)

vs. Carleton (4-4 MIAC, 6-7 overall)

Game time: 3 p.m., Sexton Arena, Collegeville.

Broadcast: WBHR-AM 660.

About the Johnnies: St. John’s has dropped three straight games — all on the road — by a total of 10 points or less, two by five points or less. The Johnnies presently find themselves in eighth place in the MIAC standings.

But a bright spot has been senior wing Seth Marx, who returned from injury after the holiday break and has scored in double figures in two of his team’s past three outings. This marks the fifth of six games the team is playing in a 13-day stretch.

“We’re close in so many ways,” Johnnies coach Jim Smith said. “We have guys coming back who need time to get back up to speed. But we can’t take too much time. We need to start getting some wins.”

Starting lineup

PG – Kevin McKenzie (5-8, 155, Sr., De Pere, Wis.) 6.2 ppg 2.5 rpg

W – Patrick Butcher (6-0, 180, Sr., Louisville, Kent.) 11.5 ppg 2.8 rpg

W – Jack Wittenborg (6-1, 175, Sr., Bloomington Jefferson H.S.) 6.5 ppg 2.5 rpg

P – Nick Meyer (6-1, 190, Sr., Benilde-St. Margaret’s H.S.) 6.1 ppg 2.6 rpg

P – Blake Maslonkowski (6-5, 225, Jr., St. Cloud Apollo H.S.) 9.6 ppg 6.0 rpg

About the Knights: Injuries and illness have hit Carleton hard, so much so that the Knights dressed just eight players in a 66-63 loss to Augsburg Wednesday.

Freshman point guard Peter Baker-Arkema scored a career-best 24 points.

Carleton is averaging just 11.01 fouls per game, which ranks them first among men’s teams nationally.

Starting lineup

PG – Peter Baker-Arkema (6-3, 190, Fr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) 8.3 ppg 2.7 rpg

G – Mitchell Biewen (6-3, 175, Fr., Robbinsdale Armstrong H.S.) 10.2 ppg 2.4 rpg

G – Beau Smit (6-3, 185, Fr., White Bear Lake H.S.) 6.0 ppg 1.8 rpg

F -John Eckert (6-6, 215, So., North Judson, Ind.) 5.8 ppg 7.7 rpg

F – Taylor Hanson (6-5, 225, Sr., Minnehaha Academy H.S.) 13.4 ppg 9.8 rpg

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