by Alan Babbitt
A Briton charge could not be turned back, and the Hope College men's basketball team fell to Albion College, 84-70, on Saturday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Flying Dutchmen trailed at halftime, 46-34, after the Britons finished on a 9-2 run.
"Credit to Coach (Jody) May and Albion. I thought they were very well prepared and executed very well. That's a very good basketball team that's playing with a purpose," head coach Greg Mitchell said. "We left a lot out there. We missed 14 3s, another nine free throws. I thought we didn't make enough finishing plays to stay attached and they got comfortable.
"We'll press on, learn from it and get ready for next week."
Hope dropped to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
Junior forward Preston Granger of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Christian HS) topped the Flying Dutchmen with 17 points.
Albion, which topped the MIAA preseason coaches poll, improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in MIAA play. The Britons moved one-half game ahead of Alma College and Trine University, who play each other on Sunday, January 12.
Three Albion players scored in double figures: guard Jazemell Davis Jr. with 23 points, forward Caden Ebeling with 21 points and forward Quinton Armstrong with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Britons made 11 3-pointers to Hope's three. Davis shot 56.5 percent from 3-point range (5-9).
Albion also shot 76.5 percent from the foul line (13-17), while Hope went 55.0 percent (11-20).
Hope's next game is Wednesday, January 15 at Calvin University. Tipoff is 8 p.m. It is The Rivalry's 202nd game.