VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Carroll College trailed Valley City State by as much as 14 points but closed the game with a 21-6 run to earn a 63-60 road victory and move to 3-0 on the season.
“It was a hard fought affair,” Carroll head coach Carson Cunningham said. “We had a lot of shots that we felt like good shots that didn’t go down, but our defense played tremendously and kept the game close enough that we could make that run.”
The Saints took an early 5-0 lead on buckets from Jon Pulsifer and Ryan Imhoff on the first two Carroll possessions.
The Vikings battled back and both teams traded leads until the 8:38 mark in the first half when the score was tied 19-19. Valley City then went on a 7-0 run to kick off a scoring spree that gave them a 38-24 lead with 1:47 left in the first half.
“We were bouncing around like hot atoms,” Cunningham said. “It was the first road game of the season and for much of our team it was the first college road game ever. We had to slow down a little and get our feet under us. It was nice to see them do that in the second half.”
The Vikings held a 40-27 lead at the break and held a double digit lead most of the second half before the saints started to chip away at the lead with just under ten minutes left in the game.
“We told the guys that it can be alternate universe on the road,” Cunningham said. “We got a little discombobulated but we kept working and played exceptional defense.”
The Carroll defense held the Vikings to 20 points in the second half.
Zach Taylor led the Saints with 17 points and Imhoff added 13 points. Logan Franco da Silveira tallied a game-high nine rebounds.
Taylor scored 14 of his 17 points after the half, including seven points from the free throw line, to spur the Carroll run.
“Zach had a really good second half,” Cunningham said. “In the first half he didn’t play like we know he can but he came back after the break was very assertive. He attacked and is paid dividends at the line.”
The Saints close out their North Dakota road trip at the University of Jamestown Saturday evening.
By Kyle Sample - Independent Record
A tardigrade is a micro-animal with eight legs that can withstand extreme conditions.
For instance, the tardigrade can combat boiling water, extreme cold and nuclear winter, thrive in pressures far greater than the deepest ocean trenches can provide and live without food or water for more than 10 years.
It is an extremophile — and the model for the Carroll College men’s basketball team.
Though second-year coach Carson Cunningham readily admits his team has a long way to go to replicate the fortitude of the tardigrade, he had a hard time arguing his team didn’t make strides following its 95-68 win over Northwest Indian College at the PE Center on Saturday night.
HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College men’s basketball team was picked to finish eighth by the Frontier Conference Coaches in the annual preseason poll released Tuesday.
The Saints finished eighth in the conference in 2013-14 with a 9-19 record, 4-12 in conference play.
Westminster was picked to win the conference with four first place votes.
The Saints opened the season last week with a 109-81 win over Concordia-Alberta. Their second game is Saturday Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the PE Center against Northwest Indian College.
HELENA, Mont. – Ryan Imhoff scored his first points in a Carroll uniform just nine seconds into his career. The emphatic dunk was a metaphor for the Carroll College’s first game of the season as the Saints rolled to a 109-81 victory over Concordia-Alberta Friday night at the PE Center.
Eleven Saints scored and five players hit double figures en route to the Carroll win.
Zach Taylor led all scorers with 20 points on 9-16 shooting. Oliver Carr (15), Lorel Johnson (14), Jon Pulsifer (12) and Logan Franco da Silveira (11) all scored in double figures for the Saints.
Carr led the Saints with nine rebounds.
The Ryan McLaren scored 17 to lead the Thunder, Rob Haack scored 15 Artez Scharer added 12 and Ryan Coleman finished with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Carroll jumped to a 10-0 lead and led 36-16 with 8:24 left in the first half before Concordia battled back.
The Thunder were able to cut the lead two nine (44-35) with 3:15 left in the first frame.
Carroll outscored the Thunder 12-4 to take a 56-39 lead at the break.
During the second half the Saints continually added to their lead. Carroll outscored Concordia 53-42 during the final frame to earn the 28-point win.
Carroll next hosts NWIC on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Concordia-Alberta vs. Carroll College
Concordia- Alberta (5-2 )
Tommy Soltys 3-5 0-0 7, Brett Jakubec 3-6 0-0 7, Will Pittman 2-2 0-0 4, Rob Haack 5-7 0-0 15, Nathaniel Wojcicki 1-5 0-0 2, Artez Scharer 3-14 4-6 12, Tyler Roth 2-4 0-0 6, Ryan Coleman 2-8 7-8 11, Ryan McLaren 4-12 6-8 17, Aaron Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 17-22 81
Carroll College (1-0 )
Zayn Kirkendoll 3-6 2-2 9, Ian Lorang 0-3 0-0 0, Zach Taylor 9-16 1-1 20, Logan Fanco da Silveira 3-4 5-5 11, Jake Hollifield 2-5 1-1 5, Jon Pulsifer 5-9 2-2 12, Lorel Johnson 4-5 4-4 14, Nick Williams 3-5 2-2 8, Ryan Imhoff 3-4 0-1 7, Patrick Colberg 2-4 0-0 5, Oliver Carr 7-11 1-2 15, Everett Johnston 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 42-76 18-20 109
SCORE BY PERIODS
FG%: Concordia- Alberta .397, Carroll College .553. 3-pt FG:Concordia- Alberta 14-28 (Soltys 1-2, Jakubec 1-1, Haack 5-7, Wojcicki 0-1, Scharer 2-7, Roth 2-3, McLaren 3-7), Carroll College 7-18 (Kirkendoll 1-3, Lorang 0-1, Taylor 1-2, Pulsifer 0-2, Johnson 2-3, Imhoff 1-2, Colberg 1-3, Johnston 1-2). Rebounds: Concordia- Alberta 29 (Coleman 10), Carroll College 46 (Carr 9). Fouls Concordia- Alberta 17, Carroll College 19. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Concordia- Alberta 14 (Soltys 3, Wojcicki 3, Scharer 3), Carroll College 18 (Taylor 4, Johnson 4). Steals: Concordia- Alberta 6 (Soltys 1, Pittman 1, Haack 1, Scharer 1, Roth 1, Coleman 1), Carroll College 10 (Carr 3). Blocked shots: Concordia- Alberta 2 (Haack 1, Brown 1), Carroll College 5 (Hollifield 2, Colberg 2). Turnovers: Concordia- Alberta 13, Carroll College 8. Attendance: 0.
HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College Saints men’s basketball team begins its 2014 slate Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the PE Center against the Concordia University-Alberta.
The young Carroll squad brings seven freshman and three sophomores and junior college transfer Jon Pulsifer into the 2014-15 season.
What the Saints lack in experience they more than make up with increased talent and depth.
“I think we should be deeper and more athletic,” head coach Carson Cunningham said. “I am optimistic that we are going to be a much improved team but I am realistic that we are putting together a lot of pieces that are going to take time to come together. We are going to learn a lot over the next several weeks.”
Highlighting the returning Saints is the 2013-14 Frontier Conference Freshman of the Year Zach Taylor, junior forward Jake Hollifield and senior captain Zayne Kirkendoll.
Taylor scored 250 points in 2013-14, the highest among returnees. Hollifield led all Saints a year ago with 122 rebounds.
The incoming class is large and includes talent that Cunningham thinks will have a big impact. At Wednesday’s scrimmage, freshman Ryan Imhoff was impressive. He tied Pulsifer for a scrimmage-high eight points.
“We’re excited about all eight of our new guys,” Cunningham said. “You look at Ryan’s High School career, his size and his skillset I think there is a lot of reason to be hopeful.”
The Saints made big steps last season and Cunningham hopes that they will continue to improve.
“This team improved considerably from two years ago to last season,” Cunningham said. “It was incredibly exciting to see those improvements but we need to build on that and continue to improve.”
Concordia-Alberta brings a 5-0 record into Friday’s game against the Saints and has been playing for several weeks.
A season ago the Saints defeated the Thunder 99-52.
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