Men’s Basketball Falls to Wheaton 71-66 in CCIW/MIAA Challenge
Saturday, December 03, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/Photo by Paul Evans
A day after completing a comeback victory against Carthage College, Calvin hosted No. 13 Wheaton College in the last game of the CCIW/MIAA Challenge.
Matt DeBoer started the game off strong for Calvin, scoring six of its first eight points and helping the Knights take an early 8-6 lead. Wheaton would respond with a run of its own, building up a 23-15 lead despite their All-American, Tim McCrary, getting in early foul trouble.
Calvin then blocked shots on back-to-back possessions and converted them into points to cut the deficit to 23-19. Wheaton extended its lead on a three-pointer by Aaron Garriott, which lone senior Brian Haverdink would respond to with an offensive rebound and put back to cut Wheaton’s lead to 26-23.
Sophomore Mickey DeVries, a first-year Calvin player and transfer from Wheaton College, started to hit some shots and close the gap for Calvin before the break. Down 29-26, DeVries closed the half with six straight points to give Calvin the 32-29 halftime lead.
Coming out of the break, Calvin started to build its lead. Matt DeBoer and Tom Snikkers would contribute four points and six points apiece to build Calvin’s advantage to 56-42. With 6:12 remaining, the Knights held a 60-47 advantage, but Wheaton wasn’t done or out of the match. Seemingly missing for much of the match while in foul trouble, McCrary started Wheaton’s comeback down 13 points.
McCrary started the scoring with an old-fashioned three-point play. Garriott then added two free throws and a layup to cut Calvin’s lead to 60-57. Another old-fashioned three-point play by McCrary tied the game at 60-60, but the Thunder weren’t done.
Wheaton’s Spencer Schultze added a layup and Garriot hit a three-point shot to give Wheaton the 65-60 lead capping off an 18-0 run. With only :43 left in the game, Calvin attempted a late comeback, but McCrary would ice the game with four late free-throws as Wheaton finished off the 71-66 come-from-behind victory.
Wheaton was led on offense by McCrary who had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Aaron Garriot added 19 points while Tyler Peters and Schultze each added nine.
Matt DeBoer had a career-high 20 points and six rebounds for Calvin, while DeVries was the only other Knight in double digits with 10. Tom Snikkers added nine points and six boards while Tyler Kruis tallied four points and nine rebounds.
The loss drops Calvin to 4-4 while pushing Wheaton’s record to 6-1.
The Knights now look forward to a home game against Trinity Christian College on December 10 before taking a short hiatus for exams and Christmas break.