The Hope College men's basketball team was held to its second-lowest scoring total of the season on Saturday and fell to MIAA-leading Olivet College, 89-62.
Hope (10-7 overall, 3-3 in MIAA) is now in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings. At 9-8 overall and 5-1 in the league, Olivet College is tied for first place with Albion College and Trine University.
Playing at Olivet, Hope trailed the Comets the entire contest. Though the Flying Dutchmen outrebounded Olivet, 31-27, Hope committed more turnovers than its opponent, 17-4. As a result, Olivet capitalized by scoring 26 points off of turnovers.
Hope, having scored 27 three-point baskets in its last two games, scored only seven three-pointers against Olivet and, in turn, got a bit of its own medicine. The Comets scored 11 three-pointers on the night, with six coming in the game's first 12 minutes. At the 7:50 mark in the first half, Olivet led, 31-15, with 18 of its points coming from behind the arc.
By half, the Comets had extended their lead to 24 points, up 47-23.
Junior Riley Lewis of Williamston (Williamston) cut the lead to 19 points, 47-28, right after halftime with a layup and a three-pointer but the Comets responded with a 10-2 run and never looked back.
Ray, pictured right, also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. George, pictured left, came in from off the bench to score his career-high.
Senior forward Dennis Towns of Flint (Flint Powers Catholic) added 11 points.
Each of Olivet's starting five scored in double figures: Trevor Manuel with 20, Tracy Edmond 17, John McAdoo 12, and Colin Jones and Dee Roberts 11 each.
Hope plays next on Wednesday, January 23 at DeVos Fieldhouse, hosting Albion College. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.