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Men’s Basketball Moves Into Share of of MIAA Lead With 78-54 Win Over Adrian

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s basketball team hosted the Bulldogs of Adrian on Wednesday evening, looking to rebound from a loss to Hope last Saturday. The Knights came in at 9-4 and 1-1 in conference, while Adrian was 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA.With a dominating performance at Van Noord Arena, Calvin returned to the winning track with a 78-54 victory over Adrian. With Albion defeating Hope on Wednesday, Calvin moves into a four-way tie for first place in the MIAA standings with Albion, Hope and Trine. The Knights return to action on Saturday when they travel to Kalamazoo to face the Hornets. Saturday’s contest is scheduled to tipoff at 3 p.m.

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Calvin Falls to Hope 71-63 in 186th Edition of The Rivalry

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s basketball team hosted the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College for the 186th edition of The Rivalry on Saturday afternoon. The Knights entered with a 9-3 record while Hope was 7-5. Both teams were 1-0 in conference play. Behind a strong three-point attack, Hope prevailed Saturday afternoon 71-63. Brink led Calvin with 22 points while Kruis added 15. For Hope, Eidson led all scorers with 23, hitting 6-of-7 from three point range, while VanArendonk had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The loss drops the Knights to 9-4 and 1-1 in league play while Hope improves to 8-5 and 2-0 in the MIAA. Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts the Bulldogs of Adrian for another conference match-up. Wednesday’s contest at Van Noord Arena is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

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Men’s Hoops Opens Conference Slate With 90-82 Road Win at Alma

Friday, January 10, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s basketball team began MIAA play on Thursday evening, traveling to Alma to face the Scots. The Knights had not lost to Alma since 1999, and in 17 MIAA openers, head coach Kevin Vande Streek was 16-1 coming into Thursday night’s matchup. Calvin kept its winning ways going in league openers by defeating the host Scots 90-82. Calvin improves to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in the MIAA while the Scots fall to 1-11 overall and 0-1 in league play. The Knights have now won 31 straight against Alma. Calvin now looks forward to Saturday, when it will renew its rivalry with the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College. Saturday’s contest is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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Calvin/Alma Men’s Basketball Game Moved to Thursday Night Because of Weather

Monday, January 06, 2014

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The Calvin at Alma men’s basketball game has been postponed one day due to wintry weather conditions. The game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday night but has since been moved to Thursday (January 9) with an 8 p.m. tip. As of Monday afternoon, the Calvin women’s non-conference game at Rochester College is still slated to be played on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Calvin/Alma men’s basketball game will serve as the league opener for both teams.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Concludes California Trip With Loss at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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CLAREMONT, CA - Calvin’s two-game trip to Southern California concluded with a 66-50 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Monday night. Calvin (8-3) struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the game, shooting just 33 percent from the field. The two teams battled through a low-scoring first half but the host Staggs (6-4) used an 8-0 run to build a 26-18 halftime lead. Calvin closed to within four at 28-24 early in the second half but the Staggs then went on an 11-2 run fueled by a trio of three-point shots by Jack Grodahl. The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps lead later ballooned to 20 points at 53-33 before Calvin mounted a late rally, whittling the deficit down to 10 at 55-45 with 4:17 remaining. The Staggs responded with seven unanswered points including another three-pointer by Grodahl to put the game away. Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) led Calvin with 16 points while junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had 11 points and sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS) nine. Grodahl had 18 points and eight rebounds while Tyler Gaffaney had 13 and Scott Lynds 11 for Mudd-Scripps. The Staggs shot 48 percent from the field overall and hit 9-of-24 (.380) from three-point range. Mudd-Scripps also held a 39-28 rebounding advantage. Monday’s game marked the third-ever meeting between the two teams in men’s basketball but the first meeting in California. Calvin still leads the all-time series 2-1. Calvin is back in action on January 8 when it travels to Alma for an 8 p.m. contest.

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Follow Jordan’s Journal on Calvin Men’s Basketball Southern California Swing

Monday, December 30, 2013

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(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s basketball team is currently in Southern California where it recently defeated the University of Redlands 88-82 and will face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on December 30 at 10 p.m. (EST). Jordan Brink, a junior on the Calvin team, is providing updates every-other day on the team trip. Click the headline above to read his journal entries. The photo with the story was taken on December 29 at the home of Daniel Stout in Escondido, California.

JORDAN’S JOURNAL PART 2 UPDATED DEC. 29

Last night we played University of Redlands and won 88-82.  There was an amazing turnout by Calvin alumni and friends; we had a home court advantage 1,800 miles from Grand Rapids!  Running out of our locker room to a gym packed full of Knights fans while in Southern California was a pretty special experience for all of us.  After the game we had a reception at The River Christian Reformed Church in Redlands where we shared a meal with Calvin alums.  Doug Jorritsma put on the event and has helped make our trip amazing, for that our team is extremely grateful. (Click the headline above to read more)

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Men’s Basketball Opens California Campaign with 88-82 Victory at U. of Redlands

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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REDLANDS, CA - In a matchup of defending conference champions, Calvin defeated the University of Redlands 88-82 Saturday afternoon inside the Redlands Currier Gymnasium. An NCAA III Tournament team a year ago and the defending champion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Redlands had Calvin (8-2) on its heels throughout most of the first half with its frenetic offensive pace. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-18 lead but the Knights fought back with a 19-9 run to tie the game at 37. Calvin then grabbed a lead on three occasions late in the first half only to see Redlands sink a three-pointer to take a 45-44 halftime lead. Redlands (4-6) connected on 10-of-18 attempts from three-point range in the first half for a blistering 55.6 percent clip. Calvin was not far behind however, hitting 8-of-16 from beyond the arc including four triples by sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS). In the second half, Parks continued his hot shooting with back-to-back three-pointers that capped off a 14-2 Calvin run that gave the Knights a 58-47 lead. Parks finished the game with a career-high 20 points off the bench as he was 6-of-10 from the floor including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Senior center Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) also pumped in 20 points including 13 in the second half. Brink connected for 16 points and snared a career-high eight rebounds.  Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Travels to Southern California - Journal Entry #1

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s basketball team is currently in Southern California where it will face the University of Redlands on Saturday at 5 p.m. (EST) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps next Monday at 10 p.m. (EST). Jordan Brink, a junior on the Calvin team, is providing updates every-other day on the team trip. Click the link above to read his latest journal entry. The photo with the story was taken on December 27 at Venice Beach).

JORDAN BRINK JOURNAL ENTRY - DEC. 27

We started the day with practice at Claremont Mudd-Scripps, a school made up of three different colleges.  We actually play there on Monday night, but it is much closer to our hotel than the University of Redlands.  Afterwards we had to stop at In-N-Out Burger because our Californian Dan Stout would not stop raving about it.  The consensus on the team was that it lived up to the hype!  (Click the above headline to read more)

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Men’s Basketball Rolls to 106-56 Win Over Finlandia

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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The Calvin men’s basketball rolled to a 106-56 victory over Finlandia University Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena. The Knights (7-2) went on a 28-8 run to open the game and never looked back. Calvin led 61-23 at halftime, establishing a new Calvin Van Noord Arena record for most points scored in a half, breaking the previous record of 60 set by Calvin in a 2012 win over Alma. Sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS) had a career-high 14 points off the bench along with five assists while junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had 14 points as well. Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) had 13 points as he was 4-of-4 from the field and 5-of-5 at the free throw line. Freshman Brad Visser (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) added a career-high 12 points including a pair of acrobatic layups in the second half. Junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) chipped in with nine points. All 14 of Calvin’s players reached the scoring column. Calvin will now break until December 28 when it travels to California to take on the University of Redlands. Calvin will play a pair of games in California as the Knights will also face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on December 30.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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