Four players scoring in double figures powered the Hope men's basketball team to a 75-61 win vs. Trine Thursday in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams.
The Flying Dutchmen improved to 7-5 overall. They will take a four-game win streak into Saturday's visit to Calvin — the 186th edition of The Rivalry.
"We were hoping for a solid defensive effort, and I thought we did that," Hope coach Matt Neil said.
The Flying Dutchmen limited Trine (7-5 overall) to 35.5 percent shooting from the field, including 18.8 percent from 3-point range.
"I was really proud of our kids," Neil said. "We controlled the glass from the get-go. We really got after them. That was a terrific effort all the way around for our guys."
Three of Hope's starters had at least 10 points for Hope.
Sophomore guard Alex Eidson of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) netted a team-high 15 points for the Flying Dutchmen. He went 8-of-10 from the foul line.
Junior guard Corey McMahon of Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS) added 10 points off the bench for the Flying Dutchmen.
Hope broke open a close game immediately after halftime.
The Flying Dutchmen pushed their lead to 53-36 by opening the first 8 minutes, 20 seconds of the second half on an 18-5 run.
Hope shot 51.9 percent from the field for the game and recorded 18 assists — its third-highest total in a game this season.
Sophomore forward Brock Benson of Willowbrook, Ill. (Hinsdale South HS) led the Flying Dutchmen with five assists after making his second start of the season. He also had four points and six rebounds.
Hope recorded a season-high 10 blocks. Senior forward Caleb Byers of Allegan (Allegan HS) topped the Flying Dutchmen with four blocks off the bench to go along with six points.
Tipoff Saturday at Calvin is 3 p.m. Hope leads the all-time series 96-89.