Men’s Basketball Falls to Benedictine 82-79 in First Round of Elmhurst Bluejay Classic
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
ELMHURST, IL - The Knights basketball team found itself on the losing end of another close result on Wednesday night, falling 82-79 to Benedictine in the Bluejay Classic at Elmhurst College. Calvin will face DePauw in Thursday’s consolation game at 6:30 p.m. (EST). Elmhurst defeated DePauw 61-59 in the second first round game Wednesday night.
Calvin traded points with the Eagles from tip-off, periodically falling behind by margins of seven or eight. The match began, however, with Calvin’s Brent Schuster scoring the Knights’ opening nine points. Schuster finished the half with 13 points and led the Knights with 18 overall.
Shortly before halftime, the Eagles opened up a 41-34 lead. Bolstered by a Jordan Brink three-pointer, Calvin was able to cut the lead to 41-39 at halftime.
But Benedictine pulled away after the break. Calvin was playing catch-up for the remainder of the first half. The Knights trailed by 11 five minutes in to the half. Brad Schnyders then used his size advantage to tally six quick points for the Knights, who eventually cut the lead to 58-55.
But once again, Benedictine put distance between themselves and Calvin. Late in the game, a couple of Tom Snikkers’ lay-ups cut the Eagles’ lead to three points. Benedictine remained strong at free throw line. Brink hit another three with eight seconds remaining to make it a two point game. Jerrell Tribble then made one of two free-throws, giving Calvin one last shot to tie. Schuster grabbed the rebound and dished to Bryan Powell as an outlet. Powell created some space at the top of the key but his deep three-ball found the front iron, leaving the Knights just short.
Calvin shot 53.3% from the field to Benedictine’s 46.6%, but the Knights were outrebounded 36-29. The loss drops the Knights to 4-6 overall. Benedictine is now 6-4 overall.
“It’s great to play really good teams. They hold us accountable. And we’ll keep learning,” said Coach Kevin Vande Streek after the game.
Benedictine was led by Cameron Snelling and Nate Green who collected 22 points apiece.
Thursday’s consolation game will feature just the second meeting between Calvin and DePauw including the first since the two teams met in the 1990 NCAA III Final four.