Men’s Basketball Drops Exhibition Game to Ferris State 85-70
Thursday, November 07, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin College was treated to its first basketball game of the season on Thursday evening as the Calvin men’s basketball team hosted Division II Ferris State for an exhibition game.
After a strong first half and a two-point lead at half time, Calvin came out flat in the second half and was outscored by the Bulldogs 43-26 in the second period, dropping the exhibition contest 85-70.
The two teams played each other close early on, tied 10-10 under four minutes into the contest.
The Bulldogs then jumped out to ten point lead at 24-14 on a 14-4 run, with sophomore Jibreel Jackson scoring seven of Ferris State’s 14 points in the run.
Calvin, led by senior Mickey DeVries, responded with a run of its own, cutting the Bulldogs advantage to 26-25. The Knights then took their second lead of the half on a three-pointer by junior Jordan Brink at 30-28.
The teams battled back and forth for the final seven-plus minutes of opening half, with Calvin taking a 44-42 lead into the break.
DeVries led all first-half scorers with 12 points, while Brink and senior Tyler Kruis each added eight. The Knights shot 53.3% in the first half as well as 8-of-9 from the free-throw stripe. Calvin also out-rebounded the Bulldogs 19-17.
Out of the break, Ferris State opened up the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 51-44 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to expand their lead, bringing the score to 62-51 on an emphatic fast-break dunk by sophomore Josh Fleming.
In the final ten minutes, Calvin would come no closer than nine as every Calvin push was met by Fleming and the Bulldogs.
Ferris State closed out the game, earning the 85-70 win, outscoring Calvin 43-26 in the second half. The Knights shot just 34.5% in the second half.
Calvin was led on offense by DeVries and Kruis who each scored 14 points. Kruis added eight rebounds. Jordan Brink tallied 10 points.
Fleming led the Bulldogs with 20 points, Dietrich Lever added 17 points and James Chappell had 10 points and eight rebounds.
It was really good to get out and play against someone, and someone who is probably that is the opposite of us in that they are very quick and athletic team. When you play against someone good they hold you accountable, said head coach Kevin VandeStreek. I think we’re a lot better now than we were at 7:30, and we have some things to work on, but I liked our effort.
Calvin now looks forward to Tuesday, November 19 when its regular season schedule begins with an away contest at Anderson.