Men’s Basketball Falls to Wheaton in Opener of MIAA/CCIW Challenge
Friday, December 03, 2010
KENOSHA, WI - A five-minute stretch to open the second half proved to be the undoing for the Calvin men’s basketball team Friday night at the MIAA/CCIW Challenge as the Knights suffered an 86-64 defeat to the Wheaton College Thunder.
Calvin (3-3) trailed just 41-39 at halftime but Wheaton, ranked 21st nationally, ripped off an 18-2 scoring run in the opening five minutes of the second half to put the game away. Wheaton (5-1) outscored Calvin 45-25 in the second half and finished the game with a 56.1 percent field goal clip including 52 percent (13 of 25) from three-point range. Calvin shot just 36.5 percent overall including just 34.5 percent in the second half.
“I thought we played pretty good defense for the first 20 minutes but in the second half, we played very individually and that came back to haunt us,” said Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek. “If we want to be successful, we have to play together, particularly against a strong team like Wheaton.”
Calvin was led in defeat by senior Brad Schnyders (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) who tossed in 13 points off the bench while sophomore Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) had 11 points. Wheaton junior Spencer Schultze scored a game-high 21 points while Andrew Jahns had 17 points, Tim McCrary 13 points and Jeremy Plederer 12 points.
Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it faces Carthage - the host of the four-team MIAA/CCIW Challenge - at 4 p.m. (EST).