Men's Basketball Dishes Out 20 Assists, Beats Kalamazoo

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.

Video: Post-game interview | 1st-half highlights | 2nd-half highlights

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.

Junior Jeff Goral of Palos Park, Illinois (Amos Alonzo Stagg) and sophomore guard Riley Lewis of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) added 10 points apiece off the bench.

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