Men’s Basketball Claims 79-72 Exhibition Game Victory Over Ferris State
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
(By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)
In a home exhibition contest Tuesday night, Calvin came out and impressed as the Knights took down Division II foe Ferris State in a thrilling 79-72 victory. Leading by a mere two points with under two minutes to play, the Knights managed to hold on and get the win.
Leading the way for the Knights was junior Tommy Snikkers, who led all scorers with 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting despite getting into some foul trouble early on. Junior Bryan Powell hit on 5 of 10 shots for 12 points on some clutch shooting, and sophomore Tyler Kruis also added 10 points with 6 rebounds as well.
“I feel like we played really hard and I’m excited about that,” longtime Calvin coach Kevin Vande Streek said after the game. “We had a really nice spark from a lot of guys, and they all contributed in a really positive fashion.”
Ferris State got out to an early lead when the game started, but never were able to build a lead more than 7 points. Once Calvin got settled down, the Knights began to control the pace of the game.
Thanks to some sparkplug plays by Powell offensively and some powerful blocks defensively by freshman Tyler Dykstra, Calvin would take the lead with just over a minute to play in the half at 31-30, and it would hold that to the break, leading 33-30 at halftime.
In the second half, the score went back and forth as the Knights tried to build their lead but Ferris State was tough and hung close. The Bulldogs would briefly retake the lead 42-41 on an impressive alley-oop dunk, but Calvin fought back and jumped ahead again, but it would not last as Ferris State again went up with under ten to play.
The Bulldogs ran out again to another 7 point lead at 63-56 with under seven minutes to play, but Calvin managed to claw back and again jumped out in front at 66-65. Both teams traded points as the minutes wound down, and Calvin led by a slim margin before icing the game with good shooting from the free throw line.
“This year we have a really young team and we still have a long way to go,” Vande Streek said. “But some of the major concepts we’re much further ahead than we were a year ago so I think the ceiling is pretty high for this group.”
As a team Calvin shot well at 48.3 percent from the field on 28 of 58 shooting, but struggled from beyond the arc as the Knights only hit on 3 of 20 attempts. Calvin was solid from the charity strip at 76.9 percent on 20 of 26 shooting.
The next game for the Knights will come next week Tuesday as Calvin travels to take on Anderson College.