OLIVET, Mich. – Calvin moved into sole possession of third place in the MIAA standings with a 79-53 road win at Olivet Wednesday night.
The Knights improve to 11-9 overall and more importantly to 5-4 in the MIAA to move a game ahead of 4-5 Adrian, Alma and Hope.
The Knights will travel to Hope on Saturday for the 203rd meeting between the two rivals.
Playing in front of an energized home crowd, Olivet scored the first five points of the game but the Knights responded in a big way, scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 21-5 advantage.
Calvin led by as many as 21 points in the first half at 33-12 before Olivet countered with a 16-7 run to trail 40-28 at the break.
The Knights regained the early second half momentum however with a 9-4 run that helped give Calvin a 49-34 lead.
The Calvin lead ballooned to as much as 32 points as the Knights coasted to the comfortable road win.
Senior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) led all scorers with 24 points to go with 12 rebounds as he posted his sixth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career. DeVries now has 1,417 points in his career, placing him 10th on the Calvin career scoring list.
Junior Emmett Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) came up with a double-double, scoring 11 points and ripping down 10 rebounds. Junior Thad Shymanski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 14 points while senior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had nine points and seven rebounds while junior Sam LaDuke (Ludington, Mich./Ludington HS) dropped in a career-high eight points including a pair of three-point shots.
Calvin held a 54-35 rebounding advantage over the Comets and shot 16 of 21 (.789) from the free throw line.
Defensively, Calvin limited Olivet to 27.9 percent field goal shooting.
COACHES COMMENT: "I was super happy with our defensive effort tonight," said Calvin head men's basketball coach Bill Sall. "That's back-to-back games where we have come out strong defensively and that helped set the tone for our team. A credit to Olivet's crowd tonight too – they brought a lot of people out and created a good atmosphere. I thought we did a great job of matching the intensity of the home team and crowd and getting a good road win."
NEXT UP: Calvin travels to rival Hope on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest at DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope leads the all-time series 103-99. Calvin has won the last four meetings. Saturday's game will be telecast through West Michigan on WGVU-TV 35/52.