Teddy Ray said he took the words of encouragement from his Hope College basketball teammates to heart and responded with the requested assertiveness.
The junior forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead HS) scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds during the Flying Dutchmen's 88-74 home-opening victory against Grace Bible on Wednesday.
Ray, pictured, also matched his career-high with three blocks and dished out two assists as Hope improved to 3-2 overall.
Ray was one of four Flying Dutchmen to score in double figures against Grace Bible (6-8).
Junior guard Jason Beckman of Shelby, Michigan (Shelby) continued his torrid start with a game-high 29 points. He moved into a tie for sixth place on the DeVos Fieldhouse top scorers list for Hope players — equaling Harrison Blackledge's output last season against Albion.
Senior guard Dante Hawkins of Holland, Michigan (Holland) chipped in 16 points in his return to the lineup after missing two games to injury.
Hope's starters combined for 68 points and 26 rebounds. The Flying Dutchmen outrebounded Grace Bible by a 45-27 margin.
Sophomore guard Riley Lewis of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) added 11 points off the bench.
The Flying Dutchmen pulled ahead 43-33 at halftime by outscoring Grace Bible 21-13 over the final 6 minutes, 48 seconds.