by Alan Babbitt
The 31st annual Russ DeVette Holiday Classic, hosted by the Hope College men's basketball team, will be held on Friday-Saturday, December 27-28 at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Doors open each day one hour before the first game, and tickets can be purchased at this time.
Friday, December 27
Saturday, December 28
The tournament honors former men's basketball coach Russ DeVette, who guided Hope to a 329-221 basketball record over 24 seasons between 1948-51 and 1956-77. Mr. DeVette died on November 23, 2009 at age 86.
The first recipient of the MIAA's Most Valuable Player award in basketball in the 1940s, Mr. DeVette went on to coach multiple sports at his alma mater He served as football coach from 1955-1969 and stayed on as defensive coordinator until 1987. He also coached baseball and women's track and field, and his teams combined to win 14 MIAA championships.
Hope enters the tournament with a 6-3 overall record. The Flying Dutchmen are on a two-game win streak after defeating Finlandia University, 103-66, and Carleton College (Minnesota), 94-88 in overtime, on December 17-18 at the RDV Sportsplex Classic in Orlando, Florida. Junior center Preston Granger leads the Flying Dutchmen in scoring at 17.4 points per game. He netted a career-high 32 points against Carleton.
Westminster is 7-3 on the season. The Titans feature two double-digit scorers in guards Dylan O'Hara at 19.2 points per game and Isaac Stamatiades at 15.5 points per game. Westminster is scoring 77.2 points per game while yielding 72.6.
Illinois Tech brings in a 1-7 record. Center Max Hisatake tops the Scarlet Hawks in scoring at 17.5 points per game. Forward Miles Curry is second for Illinois Tech at 15.4. The Hawks are averaging 62.0 points per game while allowing 68.1.
Olivet owns a 1-6 record. The Comets are led in scoring by guard Shawn Pardee at 16.7 points per game and forward Chris Martin at 10.7. Olivet is scoring 68.7 points per game while yielding 84.0.