GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin men's basketball fell to Wheaton College by a score of 76-67 Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena.
The game began with Calvin coming out hot, going on a 13-4 run in the first five minutes. Junior Thad Shymanksi (Ada, MI / Grand Rapids Christian) had 9 of Calvin's first 16 points. Wheaton got out of its early shooting slump to make it a two-point game with 11 minutes left in the first and were only down 18-16. Senior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, MI / Covenant Christian) got his scoring started later in the first and finished with 18 points at halftime.
The Knights pulled away with a 23-16 lead, but Wheaton fought back to tie it up with a score of 25-25 with six minutes left in the first half. The Knights and Thunder began trading buckets once it was tied up, and Wheaton came out with lead going into the second half with a score of 39-38. Calvin shot 41% from the field and 42% from the three-point line in the first half.
Wheaton came out firing right after halftime by making three straight shots and got out to an 48-40 lead. Calvin responded with a 9-2 run of its own to pull within two with a score of 51-49. After this run by the Knights, they struggled to find offense in the second half and Wheaton took advantage. Wheaton had 36 points in the paint while Calvin had 26 points.
The Knights came with one point with four straight free throws by Shymanksi and were down 62-61 with 5:30 left in the game. Wheaton had an answer to all of Calvin's buckets and didn't let go of the lead. Calvin ended up shooting 1-14 from three in the second half and 7-24 from the field.
With his 25-point effort, DeVries boosted his career scoring total to 1,110 points, moving past Kim Campbell and Jim Timmer and into 18th place on the Calvin career scoring list.
NEXT UP: Calvin will participate in the St. Pete Beach Jam on the campus of Eckerd College December 19 and 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Calvin will face Emory and Henry on December 19 and Skidmore College December 20. Both games will be played at 11 a.m.