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Kruis and Brink Receive D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Honors

Monday, March 17, 2014

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D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Men's Basketball Teams

Two members of the Calvin men’s basketball team have received D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region honors. Senior Tyler Kruis has been named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team while junior Jordan Brink has been named to the third team. Both players are receiving D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region accolades for the first time.
A senior, Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game while connecting on 55.6 percent of his field goal attempts. Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) averaged 15.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a game while connecting on 45.5 percent of his three-point field goal attempts which ranks as the 10th-best single-season three-point field goal clip in Calvin men’s basketball history. He also connected on 65 triples during the year which is the 12th-best single-season total in Calvin hoops history. Calvin concluded its season last weekend with an overall record of 24-6, falling at sixth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan in the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament.

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NCAA III Tournament Run Ends for Calvin Men’s BBall Team With 78-64 Loss at Illinois Wesleyan

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Knights continued NCAA Tournament play in the round of 16 on Friday evening, traveling to Bloomington, Illinois. Calvin’s “Sweet 16” opponent was host Illinois Wesleyan, and Friday night’s contest marked the first time the two schools matched-up in men’s basketball. The Titans entered at 25-4 and ranked #6 in the nation, while Calvin was 24-5 and #24 in the country. Unfortunately for Calvin, Illinois Wesleyan built a lead at the end of the first half, and with the crowd behind the Titans, the Knights could not come back and it was Illinois Wesleyan advancing to the Elite Eight with a 78-64 win to earn a matchup with Dickinson tomorrow night. Sophomore Jordan Daley and senior Tyler Kruis led the Knights in defeat with 12 point, while junior Jordan Brink added 11 and senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) 10. The loss ends the careers of Tyler Kruis, Mickey DeVries, and Jordan Mast. Calvin’s season ends with a record of 24-6.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Headed to NCAA III Sectional Hosted by Illinois Wesleyan

Sunday, March 09, 2014

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The Calvin men’s basketball team is headed to an NCAA III Tournament sectional hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, March 14 and 15. The sixth-ranked Titans (25-4) will host a sectional that will also include Dickinson College (PA) and Wheaton College (IL). Dickinson (23-6) will face Wheaton (21-8) in the first sectional semifinal Friday night at 6:30 p.m. (EST) followed by a game between Calvin and Illinois Wesleyan at 8:30 p.m. (EDT). The sectional finals are scheduled to be held Saturday night at 8 p.m. (EDT). Calvin’s game against Illinois Wesleyan will mark its first-ever meeting against the Titans in men’s basketball. Calvin (24-5) advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III by defeating Wittenberg 66-51 in the first round and second-ranked Washington University of St. Louis 83-75 in the second round. Calvin is making its second consecutive appearance in the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament including its seventh in school history.
Tickets will be on sale beginning Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Calvin Box Office inside the Calvin Covenant Fine Arts Center. Tickets will be $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.Tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.

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Men’s Basketball Advances to Round of 16 of NCAA III Tournament With Win Over #2 Wash. U.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

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Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Danny Reise

ST. LOUIS, MO - Advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win on Friday evening, the Calvin men’s basketball team faced a tall task in host Washington University of St. Louis, ranked #2 nationally and entering with a 24-2 record. Calvin proved up to the task however, handing the Bears an 83-75 defeat Saturday night to advance to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament for the second straight year. Calvin will face sixth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan next Friday night at a site to be announced later this weekend. Calvin received strong guard play throughout the game led by junior Jordan Brink who matched career highs in points and rebounds with 27 points an 11 boards. Austin Parks also had 18 points while Jordan Daley had 12.

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Calvin Knocks off Wittenberg 66-51 in NCAA III First Round Tournament Game

Friday, March 07, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s basketball team traveled to St. Louis, Missouri and the campus of Washington University for its first round matchup of the NCAA Tournament against #23 Wittenberg University and came away with an impressive 66-51 victory. Calvin will face second-ranked Washington University Saturday night at 8 p.m. (EST) in regional final contest. The victory marked Calvin’s first win over Wittenberg since 1990. Friday’s matchup marked Calvin’s first meeting against Wittenberg since 1995. Senior Tyler Kruis led the Knights with 19 points including 13 in the first half as Calvin raced out to a 37-25 halftime led. Junior Jordan Brink added 10 points for the Maroon and Gold.

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Daniel Stout Widens Horizons On Summer Abroad in Honduras

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

Spending a summer in Honduras is not the typical way a college student fills his or her summer vacation. Instead of trips to the beach, movies with friends, or family vacations, Calvin College student Dan Stout was taking classes, translating for American visitors, and living with a Honduran family. As a Spanish major, Stout is required to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish speaking country in order to fulfill his major requirements. Also a member of the Calvin men’s basketball team, Stout wanted to avoid any conflict with the sport that spans both the fall and spring semesters. So, with the help of faculty at Calvin, Stout was able to work out a summer semester, one that fulfilled his major’s requirements while also avoiding any conflicts with basketball. A junior from Escondido, California, a town just 30 miles north of San Diego, Stout chose to be a Spanish major because of his familiarity with the language and the ease with which he picked it up.

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Calvin’s Tyler Kruis Named MIAA Most Valuable Player in Men’s Basketball

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Calvin College senior Tyler Kruis has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in men’s basketball. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School, Kruis is the first MIAA men’s basketball MVP from Calvin since Jeremy Veenstra received the honor in 2002. Kruis is joined on the All-MIAA first team by Kalamazoo senior Mark Ghafari, Hope senior Nate VanArendonk, Calvin junior Jordan Brink and Trine junior Tyler Good. The All-MIAA second team consists of Calvin junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS), junior Blake Krum of Olivet, junior Adam Peters of Kalamazoo and sophomores Ben Gardner of Hope, Jordan Herron of Albion and Brandon Krause of Alma.

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Tyler Kruis and Jordan Brink Named MIAA Co-Players of the Week in Men’s Basketball

Monday, March 03, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin guard Jordan Brink and center Tyler Kruis its Players of the Week in men’s basketball for games played through March 1. Brink, a junior from Dyer, Ind. (Illiana Christian HS), averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 assists as he helped lead the Knights to the MIAA tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the second straight year. He scored a game-high 21 points and added four assists in leading Calvin to a 78-53 victory over Hope in the tournament championship game. Brink, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career, shot 42 percent from 3-point range (5 of 12) and 85 percent (11 of 13) from the line for the tournament. Kruis, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin Christian HS), also had a strong MIAA tournament as he averaged 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a game. He scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the tournament championship win over Hope. He shot 67 percent from the field (14 of 21) and 83 percent from the line (5 of 6) for the tournament. Kruis is being honored as Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and fifth time in his career.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball to face Washington U in 2nd Round NCAA III Tourney Game in St. Louis, MO

Monday, March 03, 2014

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The Calvin men’s basketball team will face the second-ranked Bears of Washington University of St. Louis Saturday night at 8 p.m. (EST) in an NCAA III Second Round game. Both teams were victorious in first round action Friday night. Calvin defeated Wittenberg 66-51 while Washington University defeated Wilmington 100-69. Saturday’s game will mark the first meeting between the two teams in NCAA III Tournament play and the first meeting since November of 2007 when Calvin defeated the Bears 87-82 at the old Calvin Fieldhouse.

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NCAA Second Round - #24 Calvin vs #2 Washington U.  – 8 pm (EST)

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Topples Hope 78-53 in MIAA Tournament Finals - Punches Ticket to NCAAs

Saturday, March 01, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

.Seeking its first win against rival Hope in three opportunities this season, as well as an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, the Calvin men’s basketball team traveled to Holland for the MIAA Tournament Final on Saturday afternoon. Calvin made the most of its opportunity, defeating the 24th-ranked Flying Dutchmen 78-53 to punch its ticket to the NCAA III Tournament. The win marked Calvin’s largest margin of victory over Hope at DeVos Fieldhouse. At 22-5, Calvin will be making its 19th appearance in the NCAA III Tournament including its eighth under current head coach Kevin Vande Streek.

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