Dante Hawkins joined an exclusive company of elite Hope College men's basketball scorers during Wednesday's 77-72 victory against visiting Calvin College.
The senior guard from Holland, Michigan (Holland HS) became the 40th member of the Flying Dutchmen to reach the 1,000-point mark for his Hope career.
Hawkins has 1,004 points in 93 games after a 21-point effort at DeVos Fieldhouse.
"It feels great to join elite company," Hawkins said. "I've always had faith in the program. Coach (Greg Mitchell) has always put me in the right positions. It's really a credit to my teammates. They've always believed in me, always giving me the confidence."
Hawkins achieved the milestone while helping the Flying Dutchmen rally from a 12-point halftime deficit and beat their rivals for the 102nd time in 197 games.
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Hawkins scored 17 second-half points. He hit the 1,000-point mark on a 3-pointer with 6 minutes, 8 seconds remaining that cut Hope's deficit to 65-61.
The next points from Hawkins came with 30 seconds remaining to extend the Flying Dutchmen's lead to 73-69.
Head coach Greg Mitchell was thrilled to Hawkins to make history in such a meaningful way.
"It means a lot to me. Dante and I are both in our fourth year here at Hope. We came in together. He's showed a lot of faith in me as a coach and our program," Mitchell said. "His growth as a player and a person is why you come to Hope College.
"For him to reach that milestone is extremely well deserved. How great is it to have it done on a night like tonight against our rival when he plays big. He should feel good about. He joins an elite club. I'm very proud of him. He's so deserving."