by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's basketball team wants to be in a giving mood to each other all time - and not just this Christmas season.
The Flying Dutchmen shared enough Tuesday to record an 89-78 victory against Grace Christian University on Tuesday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Hope (4-2 overall) beat a 10-win opponent while registering 22 assists on the Flying Dutchmen's 33 baskets.
"That stat just leaps off the sheet," head coach Greg Mitchell said of his team's second-highest assist total of the season. "That's who we need to be. We're better when the ball is moving."
Hope outscored Grace Christian 50-38 after trailing at halftime.
Beckman scored a game-high 33 points and matched his season-high. The senior from Shelby, Michigan (Shelby HS) shot 56.5 percent from the field (13-23) and 50 percent from 3-point range (7-14).
The seven 3-pointers are personal-best for Beckman in a Hope uniform.
Beckman also recorded a game-high eight assists.
Ray chipped in 19 points, shared game-high honors with nine rebounds along with teammate Preston Granger, and finished with six assists. The senior from Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead) shot 61.5 percent from the field (8-13) and 60 percent from 3-point range (3-5).
Lewis collected 18 points and made all six of his free-throw attempts. He had six assists against Grace Christian (10-5).
"These guys are an unselfish group. They want to be a team-first group, and I think they are," Mitchell said. "We just have to tighten up the other end of the floor and stay engaged defensively. When we're playing well defensively, it just feeds our offense."
The game was the first in 10 days for the Flying Dutchmen.
Hope returns to action on Saturday, December 8 with a 7 p.m. game against sixth-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point at DeVos Fieldhouse.