Men’s Basketball Team Claims 75-57 Win Over DePauw in Consolation Game of Elmhurst Bluejay Classic
Thursday, December 30, 2010
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
ELMHURST, IL - After dropping an 82-79 decision to Benedictine University on Wednesday, the Knights responded with a statement win over DePauw University on Thursday night in the consolation game of the Elmhurst Bluejay Classic.
Similar to Wednesday night, Calvin opened the game hot. Sophomore Bryan Powell and freshman Jordan Brink each hit two early threes, giving Calvin a fourteen point advantage less than seven minutes into the game.
Brink poured in another smooth left-handed lay-up three minutes later to put the Knights on top 26-10.
But Calvin would stall from there. After 12 minutes of turnover-free basketball, the Knights turned the ball over seven times in less than eight minutes. From there, DePauw was able to cut Calvin’s lead to three points at half-time.
The Tigers rode that wave into the second half, where Sean Haseley hit four threes, eventually putting DePauw on top by four. Calvin was once again in a tight game, needing an answer to inconsistency that had plagued them in their losses.
That answer came in some patient play from sophomore Tom Snikkers. Snikkers got to the free-throw line on consecutive possessions to tie the game at 51 and eventually put Calvin in the lead.
The Knights didn’t look back from there. Blocks from senior Danny Rodts and freshman Tyler Kruis fueled Calvin on the defensive end while the Knights gained a 61-54 lead. Powell capped off the Calvin run with a cutting transition pass to Kruis, whose fast-break lay-up gave Calvin a nine point lead and forced an Elmhurst time-out.
Over the final seven minutes of play, Calvin outscored DePauw 20-3. Possession basketball, solid defense, and good free-throw shooting carried the Knights to a 75-57 win.
Coach Vande Streek was pleased with the effort of his team, especially in the late stages of the game.
“The last eight or nine minutes were certainly as good as we have played this year,” he said.
The victory was good for a third place finish in the Bluejay Classic, hosted by Elmhurst College.
Statistically, Snikkers, Rodts, and Powell led the Knights with 14 points. Freshman Jordan Brink added a career-high 13 points while Schnyders had 11 points as he was named to the all-tournament team. Rodts also completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Calvin opens conference play next week Wednesday with a road game against rival Hope.
NOTES: Thursday’s victory was also Calvin’s first over the Tigers and came 20 years after the only prior meeting between the two teams - an 82-79 DePauw victory over Calvin in the 1990 NCAA III Final Four….Calvin averted its first three-game losing streak with Thursday night’s win….Benedictine continued on to win the tournament title with a 65-56 win over host Elmhurst in the championship game.