by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's basketball team tips off the MIAA Tournament on Tuesday, February 25 at third-seeded Adrian College. It is 7 p.m. start.
The winner advances to Friday's 5 p.m. semifinal against second-seeded Calvin University at Albion College. Albion faces either Trine University or Alma College at 8 p.m. Saturday's championship game is 7:30 p.m. at Albion.
Records: Hope 12-13 overall; Adrian 14-11
The sixth-seeded Flying Dutchmen are 46-16 all-time in MIAA Tournament play, including a 15-1 first-round record. Hope lost the 2019 MIAA Tournament opener at Calvin, 68-66.
Against Adrian, Hope is 6-2 in postseason play. In their last postseason meeting, Hope defeated Adrian, 81-65, in the 2018 semifinals at Olivet College.
This season, Hope and Adrian split their two meetings. On January 18, the Flying Dutchmen won, 87-63. Sophomore guard Tyler George of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central HS) scored a career-high 28 points that included six 3-pointers. Junior forward Preston Granger recorded a double-double of 23 points 10 rebounds. On February 12, Adrian won, 71-65, after Hope's second-half comeback fell short. Granger finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman forward Evan Thomas of Okemos, Michigan (Okemos) also had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Scoring Offense: Hope 75.8, Adrian 77.2
Scoring Defense: Hope 75.3, Adrian 77.4
Adrian: Jordan Harris 22.6, Jeremy Kalonji 19.3, Trey Helsinki 8.5