GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin got back on the winning track with a 97-70 conference victory over Olivet Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena.
The Knights improve to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in the MIAA as they continue a three-game homestand Wednesday night when rival Hope comes to town for an 8 p.m. game.
Senior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) ignited the Calvin victory with 34 points including 27 in the first half. DeVries poured in 18 consecutive points for Calvin, helping the Knights build a 23-14 lead.
Calvin shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half, en route to taking a 48-31 halftime lead.
The Knights caught fire from three-point range in the second half, connecting on 10 of 18 from beyond the arc over the final 20 minutes to pull away for the win.
DeVries led all scorers with 34 points, notching his third game of 30 points or more this season while junior Thad Shymanski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting including 5 of 8 from three-point territory. Senior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Grandville Calvin Christian HS) tossed in 16 points including four three-point field goals while senior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) just missed a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. Junior Emmett Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS)
Calvin was 15 of 31 (.484) from three-point land and shot 50.8 percent (33 of 65) overall. Calvin was also credited with 17 steals with 10 different Knights collecting at least one assist.
Olivet (3-10 overall, 0-2 MIAA) shot 40.3 percent overall. The Comets were led in scoring by Eddie Thigpen with 14 points.
COACHES COMMENT: "This was a A nice rebound from Wednesday," said Calvin head men's basketball coach Bill Sall. "I was happy with our overall effort today. Derrick had a monster game. We tried to go to him early. As long as they were going at him with single (defensive) coverage we wanted him to have the ball because he's a tough guy to guard. I want to also credit Tony (DeWitte). He had the best game he has had for me. He did a great job on #12 (Shawn Pardee) who is such a tough guy to defend. He also had some huge hustle plays and hit some big shots. It was good to see a number of our guys step up and I guess we take it from there and see where it goes."
NEXT UP: Calvin will host rival Hope Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. The game will mark the 202nd meeting between the two rivals in a series that sees Hope holding a 103-98 series lead.