Men's Basketball Drops The Rivalry Game to Calvin

by Alan Babbitt

A senior-led Calvin University handed the Hope College men's basketball team an 84-59 loss at DeVos Fieldhouse on Saturday in the 203rd game of The Rivalry.

Senior forward Derrick DeVries powered the victorious Knights with a near triple double. He totaled a game-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Senior guard Tony DeWitte chipped in 16 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers.

The Flying Dutchmen fell to 11-10 overall and 4-6 in MIAA play. Calvin improved to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in league games.

Junior forward Preston Granger of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Christian HS) topped Hope with 17 points. Freshman forward Evan Thomas of Okemos, Michigan (Okemos) added 13 points.

Hope still leads the all-time series, 103-100. Sixty points now separates the teams in a series that started in 1920.

Calvin took the lead for good by outscoring the Flying Dutchmen 12-5 over the final 4 minutes, 13 seconds of the first half for a 38-33 halftime lead. Hope never led again after DeWitte answered a Thomas 3 with one of his own for a 29-28 lead.

In the second half, Calvin used a 20-6 run to break open the game and take a 65-47 lead with 9:32 remaining.

"It was a tough day for us," head coach Greg Mitchell said. "They shot it extremely well, and we didn't. When things got tough, we didn't dig down."

Hope's next game is Wednesday, February 12 at Adrian College. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. The Flying Dutchmen trail fourth-place Adrian and Alma College by one game in the MIAA standings.

"We just have to keep fighting," Mitchell said. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422