Men’s Basketball Falls to Cornerstone in Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The first meeting of the Calvin-Hope men’s basketball rivalry will come early this year. Unfortunately for both teams, it will come in the consolation game of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Both teams suffered defeats to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference opponents on Friday in first round play with Aquinas defeating Hope 71-59 and Cornerstone defeating Calvin 77-65.
In its loss to Cornerstone (6-2), Calvin jumped out to a 19-10 lead in the opening eight minutes but was outscored 28-9 the rest of the first half to fall behind 38-28 at the break. Cornerstone stretched its lead to 18 points early in the second half but the Knights (1-2) fought back to close to within 10 at the 14:14 mark and later whittled the lead down to eight at 73-65 with a minute left to play.
Calvin was unable to get any closer however as the Golden Eagles hit four free throws in the final seconds of play to seal the win.
Senior Matt Veltema (Calvin Christian HS) led Calvin in defeat with 15 points while freshman Tom Snikkers (Unity Christian HS) had a career-high 13 points off the bench. Junior Brad Schnyders (Unity Christian HS) also had 12 points while senior John Mantel (Chelsea HS) added eight points and eight rebounds.
Turnovers and free throw shooting both proved to be troublesome for Calvin as the Knights were just 16 of 27 (.593) at the line and committed 18 turnovers.
Cornerstone was led in the win by Matt Kingshott with 15 points. Cornerstone shot 45.5 percent overall while Calvin shot 35.9 percent from the field. Calvin did outrebound the Golden Eagles 43-38.
Calvin will now prepare to face Hope on Saturday in what will be the 173rd meeting between the two teams. Hope leads the all-time series 87-85. For more on the series, please visit the rivalry Web site at: Calvin-Hope Rivalry Web Site