Men’s Basketball Falls to Cornerstone 94-77 at Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament
Saturday, November 26, 2011
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—A slow start to the second half proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome in their first contest at this year’s Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic hosted by Cornerstone University.
Calvin (3-2) came out with great energy and toughness at the start of the game. A Tyler Kruis layup, assisted by Tom Snikkers, put the Knights up 8-2 with 17:35 to go in the first half. The Knights trailed by a score of 41-46 at halftime after a tough, well-played first half by both teams. Sophomore Tyler Kruis had a big first half, totaling 10 points and 6 rebounds before the break. The Golden Eagles of Cornerstone (3-4) came out on fire at the beginning of the second half and extended its lead to 20 points at the 16:04 mark. The Knights never recovered from the 17-2 run put together by the Golden Eagles.
Tyler Kruis and junior Matt DeBoer led the Knights in defeat with 14 points apiece. Kruis also grabbed 8 rebounds and shot an impressive 10-10 from the line. Junior forward Tom Snikkers reached double figures as well, finishing with 13 points. Cornerstone guards Ronald Bates and Wes Hudson had 23 and 22 points respectively. Fellow backcourt player Justin Yoder contributed with 21.
Calvin looks to bounce back tomorrow night as the Knights make a return trip down the East Beltline to Cornerstone University for their showdown with Aquinas College at 6:00 p.m. (EST).