Men’s Basketball Defeated by Whitman 84-67 in Lynden, Washington
Saturday, December 31, 2011
LYNDEN, WA - Calvin dropped its second game in as many nights in the state of Washington, falling 84-67 to the Whitman College Missionaries.
The two teams were tied 37-37 at halftime but Whitman (8-3) began to build a lead inside the final 10 minutes of play.
Calvin held a 51-50 lead with 12:37 remaining but Whitman regained the lead at 52-51 with 10:30 left and never trailed again.
Calvin (5-6) remained within striking distance at 62-57 with 6:42 left after junior Matt DeBoer connected on a short jump shot bt Whitman proceeded to rip off a 16-5 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach.
Whitman connected on 27 field goals to Calvin’s 26 but the Missionaries were 6-of-20 from three-point range while Calvin was 0-of-10. In addition, Whitman connected on 24-of-35 attempts from the free throw line while Calvin was 15-of-23 at the charity stripe. Both teams finished with 41 rebounds apiece.
Calvin was led in defeat by junior Tom Snikkers with 16 points while sophomore Mickey DeVries had 15 points and DeBoer 14. DeBoer’s scoring effort extended his double-figure scoring streak to seven games. Junior Nate Van Eck blocked five shots off the bench while junior David Rietema had four assists, four rebonds and four steals. Junior Bryan Powell also had five points, four rebounds and four assists.
Whitman was led in the win by David Michaels with 22 points.
Calvin will now prepare for its MIAA opener next Wednesday at Adrian with the game scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.