Men's Basketball Falls To Augustana In NCAA Tournament Second Round

Head coach Greg Mitchell hated to see the Hope College men's basketball season end for many reasons.

The Flying Dutchmen suffered a 95-83 season-ending loss at ninth-ranked Augustana, Illinois on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Hope — the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season co-champions and tournament champs — ends with a 19-10 overall record.

"No. 1, you're not ready for it because you're so focused on the tournament and what our guys can do to win," Mitchell said. "The guys fought for 40 minutes. That's been this team, especially the last month of the season.

"It pains me to say goodbye to Dante (Hawkins) and Luke (Dreyer), and also this entire team. I couldn't be prouder. It's tough to walk away."

Hawkins closed a four-year Hope career with 22 points against Augustana. The senior guard from Holland, Michigan (Holland HS) finished with 1,268 points — 19th all-time among Flying Dutchmen scorers.

Hawkins equaled his career-high this season with 121 assists — tying Colly Carlson (1991-92) for seventh-most by a Hope player in a single season.

Hawkins is sixth all-time with the Flying Dutchmen with 341 career assists.

Dreyer, a co-captain along with Hawkins and junior guard Jason Beckman of Shelby, Michigan (Shelby), completed a three-year varsity career at Hope.

"These two gave us two championships this season, but also represented Hope Basketball so well," Mitchell said of Dreyer and Hawkins. "We came in together, and it's just a lot — from what they've done for this team and this program: three MIAA championships and three national tournament appearances. They gave us way more in commitment and who they are as men. They're unselfish, which is why we're going to miss them desperately."

Beckman completed the second-most prolific scoring season in Flying Dutchmen history after netting a team-high 24 points and a season-high 10 rebounds against Augustana (24-5).

He totaled 625 points over 29 games in his debut season — second only to Floyd Brady's 712 points over 23 games during the 1967-68 season.

Beckman's 22.2 points per game scoring average is the highest by a Hope player since Dan Shinabarger's 25.7 average during the 1971-72 season.

Freshman Preston Granger of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Christian HS) scored 12 points for Hope. Junior forward Dennis Towns of Flint, Michigan (Powers Catholic) had 10 points.

Augustana limited Beckman to 36-percent shooting the field (9-of-25) and the Flying Dutchmen as a team to 10.5 percent from 3-point range (2-19).

Augustana shot 61.1 percent from 3-point range (11-18).

Dylan Sortillo led the Augustana barrage with 30 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the field (10-16) and 70 percent from 3-point range (7-10).

The loss marked the third time Augustana beat Hope in postseason play since 2011.

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