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Calvin Comeback Effort Denied in 88-80 Loss to Carthage at MIAA/CCIW Challenge

Saturday, December 04, 2010

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KENOSHA, WI - A career-high 33 points by sophomore forward Tom Snikkers were not enough to lift the Calvin men’s basketball team to victory as the Knights were defeated by nationally-ranked Carthage 88-80 on the second day of competition at the MIAA/CCIW Challenge.

Ranked 18th nationally, Carthage (5-2) led 45-32 at halftime and stretched its lead to to 16 points early in the second half before Calvin (3-4) mounted a comeback bid. Fueled by the slashing play to the basket of Snikkers and senior forward Brad Schnyders, Calvin pulled within two points at 80-78 with 1:51 to play. On the ensuing possession, Malcom Kelly hit a deep triple for Carthage with time ticking down on the shot clock and just over a minute left on the game clock to put the Red Men up 83-78.

Carthage then connected on five free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Snikkers also grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 33 points to post his first collegiate double-double. Senior Danny Rodts also had 17 points for the Knights while Schnyders chipped in with eight points off the bench.

Carthage was led by pre-season player of the year Steve Djurickovic with 24 points while Max Cary had 20 points and Mitch Thompson 17.

Carthage shot 49.1 percent overall including 56.1 percent in the first half.

“I was disappointed with our effort in the first half,” said Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek. “We did not play with a sense of urgency, particularly with the way we took care of the ball. I was pleased with our effort in the second half but we need to play with a sense of urgency for two 20-minute halves rather than just one.”

Calvin held a 42-32 rebounding advantage including 20-13 on the offensive glass.

Calvin returns to action on December 11 when it travels to Trinity Christian College for a 5 p.m contest.

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