A determined Hope College men's basketball team refused to give up ground recently earned in a tight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association race.
The Flying Dutchmen scored the first 12 points of the game and marched to a 90-65 win against Kalamazoo College Wednesday night at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Hope (12-8 overall) remained tied for first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings. The Flying Dutchmen share a 6-3 league record with Adrian and Olivet, both winners Wednesday night.
All three teams share a one-game lead over fourth-place Trine and a two-game lead over fifth-place Albion, Alma and Calvin. Hope is at Calvin on Saturday.
The Flying Dutchmen equaled a DeVos Fieldhouse record with 16 3-pointers against Kalamazoo and matched their season-high with 20 assists.
Senior Dante Hawkins of Holland, Michigan (Holland HS) made four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points. He also dished out six assists.
Hawkins and junior guard Jason Beckman of Shelby, Michigan (Shelby) each sank two 3-pointers during the first 3 minutes, 17 seconds of the game to stake Hope to a 12-0 lead.
Hawkins netted 17 first-half points as the Flying Dutchmen built a 50-30 halftime lead.
Photo by Dante Hawkins by Lynne Powe
For the game, Hope put four players in double figures.
Beckman chipped in 17 points, including three 3-pointers. The nation's second-leading free-throw shooter made both of his foul shots.