Men’s Basketball Falls Out of First Place in MIAA Standings With 69-59 Loss at Adrian
Saturday, January 15, 2011
ADRIAN - Calvin was unable to make a double-digit second half lead hold up as the Knights suffered a 69-59 defeat at Adrian Saturday night. The loss drops Calvin out of a tie for first place in the MIAA standings as the Knights (7-8 overall) are now 2-2 in league play, one game behind 3-1 Adrian, Albion, Hope and Kalamazoo.
Calvin led 29-22 at halftime and 36-26 five minutes into the second half but Adrian (8-6 overall) went on a 25-4 run over the next eight minutes to take a 51-40 lead. Calvin came back to narrow the margin down to five points at 55-50 with 3:03 left the Bulldogs responded with a three-point shot on the subsequent possession and then proceeded to connect on 11 free throws in the final 2:03 of play to seal the win.
Calvin struggled with its field goal shooting throughout the game, connecting on just 34.1 percent of its attempts. Of Calvin’s 14 field goals, nine were from three-point range as the Knights were 9 of 23 (.391) from downtown. Calvin did shoot 23 of 23 (.957) at the free throw line but Adrian shot 48.4 percent from the field in the second half including 50 percent (7 of 14) from three-point range over the final 20 minutes of play. The Bulldogs also outrebounded Calvin 32-31, marking just the third time that Calvin has been outrebounded in a game this year.
Calvin was led in defeat by senior Brent Schuster (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) who tallied 12 points while sophomore Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) and senior Brad Schynders (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points apiece.
Adrian was led in the win by Wesley Reed with 16 points.
Calvin will now prepare for a road game at Alma next Wednesday in a game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.