by Alan Babbitt
Playing for the first time in 10 days, the Hope College men's basketball team did not seem bothered by the lengthy layoff.
Four starters scored in double figures as the Flying Dutchmen registered a season-high in points during a 103-66 victory against Finlandia University on Tuesday at the RDV Sportsplex Classic in Orlando, Florida.
The Flying Dutchmen improved to 5-3 overall after snapping a two-game losing streak.
Freshman point guard Clayton Dykhouse, pictured, of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland East HS) led Hope with a career-high 20 points.
"The energy was great on the bench and on the floor. We were loud and enthusiastic," head coach Greg Mitchell said. "It all starts there. We didn't bring the energy we needed in Wisconsin 10 days ago. We're only as good as the energy we bring. We were way more engaged tonight. It affected us on both ends of the floor."
The Flying Dutchmen never trailed after scoring the game's first eight points. They built a 56-29 halftime lead.
Hope finished with a season-high 23 assists — one more than its previous best of 22 during a 79-63 victory against Aquinas College on November 30 in Grand Rapids.
The Flying Dutchmen's starting lineup combined for 13 of those assists.
Making his second career start, Dykhouse shared team-high honors of four with sophomore guard Tyler George of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central). Junior guard Calvin Hackert of Ludington, Michigan (Ludington HS) added three assists. Forwards Ryan Gamm of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford) and Preston Granger of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Christian) had one assist apiece.
Hope shot 52.1 percent from the field (37-of-71) to eclipse the 50-percent mark for the fifth time this season. The Flying Dutchmen are 4-1 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better.
From 3-point range, Hope made a season-high 15 on 51.7 percent shooting (15-29).
"We got a lot of assisted buckets," Mitchell said. "We shot it so well because guys were so unselfish offensively."
The 103 points were a season-high. Hope has scored 100 points or more in a game 155 times during its history.
Dykhouse's 20 points on 70-percent shooting from the field (7-of-10) nearly doubled his total of the season. He had 21 in his first seven games this season.
George and Hackert chipped in 13 points apiece. It was a season-high for Hackert.
Senior guard Riley Lewis of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) netted 11 points.
Granger totaled 10 points. Gamm finished with eight points.
Finlandia fell to 0-11 on the season.
Hope concludes the RDV Sportsplex Classic on Wednesday, December 18 with a 7 p.m. game against Carleton College (Minnesota).