GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin men's basketball fell to Albion College on Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena by a score of 75-66.
The game started with Albion getting the hot hand early by going on an 8-2 run in the first four minutes of the game. Calvin was struggling early on offense, but senior Tony DeWitte (Grand Rapids, MI / Covenant Christian) hit a three to stop the run by Albion. The Knights used this momentum and went on a 13-1 run to take a 15-9 lead with 11:30 left which was capped by an and-one layup and free throw by senior Derrick DeVries.
Albion came right back at the Knights and went on a 11-4 run to take a 20-19 lead with 6:15 left after a deep three by Jamezelle Davis Jr. It was a battle the last six minutes of the half with the teams scoring back and forth. Junior Sam LaDuke (Ludington, MI / Ludington) hit a big three with about two minutes left to give Calvin a 27-24 lead. The Knights headed to the locker room with a 29-26 lead. Calvin outrebound Albion in the first half 24-20 and played well on the defensive end with 6 blocks and 4 steals.
The Britons started to pick it up on both ends of the court right at the start of the second half. They went on a 12-5 run in the opening five minutes to take a 38-33 lead. Albion kept a steady lead over the Knights but kept knocking on the door. Calvin pulled within three after a three pointer by junior Thad Shymanski (Ada, MI / Grand Rapids Christian) and a jumper by DeWitte, and the score was 45-42 with 10:45 left in the game.
The Knights had trouble stopping the Britons as they went on a 9-2 run with seven minutes left to take a 54-44 lead. Calvin tried to cut into the lead a couple of times, but Albion was in control and didn't let go of it. The Britons held the lead the rest of the way to claim the win.
Senior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, MI / Covenant Christian) led the Knights in scoring with 30 points and 14 rebounds while Shymanski had 17 points as well. Calvin shot 31% from the field and 20.6% from three. The Knights outrebound the Britons 38-33 and had 11 assists.
NOTES: DeVries notched his fifth 30-point scoring performance of the season, making him the fifth player in Calvin men's basketball history to have five or more 30-point games in a season. Other Knights to have done so include Mark Veenstra, Steve Honderd, Mickey Phelps and Dan Davis…..DeVries moved into the MIAA scoring lead with his 30-point performance Saturday, boosting his conference scoring total to 198 points, seven points ahead of Hope's Preston Granger……DeVries also boosted his career scoring total to 1,393 points, moving past Mickey Phelps and Tom Newhof and into 10th place on the Calvin career scoring list. DeVries was 18 of 19 from the free throw line in Saturday's loss. …The Calvin record for most free throws in a game is held by Tom Montsma with 21 in an 1980 NCAA III Tournament game with Wabash College….DeVries now has five double-doubles this season including 10 in his career.
NEXT UP: Calvin heads to Olivet College on Wednesday February 5 with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.