HOLLAND, Mich. – In a rivalry that spans 100 years, Calvin celebrated its 100th victory over Hope in men's basketball in grand fashion, defeating the Flying Dutchmen 84-59 Saturday afternoon at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The triumph matches the highest margin of victory by a Calvin team over Hope at DeVos Fieldhouse with the Knights also winning by a 25-point margin (78-53) in the 2014 MIAA Tournament Championship game.
Hope still leads the all-time series 103-100 but Calvin has now won the last five meetings. The difference in points all-time in the series is now just 60 points with Hope having scored 13,851 points and Calvin 13,791 points.
Senior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) played a key factor in Calvin's points on Saturday, scoring 35 to notch his sixth 30-point game of the season. DeVries was 13 of 24 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the free throw line while snaring 12 rebounds and collecting seven assists. DeVries finished just three points shy of matching a career scoring high and posted his seventh double-double of the season including the 12th of his career.
Senior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had 16 points on the strength of 4 of 5 shooting from three-point range.
As a team, Calvin was 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point arc including 6 of 13 in the second half when it broke the game open.
The lead changed hands 10 times in the first half before Calvin (12-8 overall, 6-4 MIAA) took the lead for good on a three-point shot by DeWitte with 4:13 left in the first half that gave the Knights a 29-28 lead. The DeWitte trey kicked off a 13-1 Calvin run that put the Knights up 38-29. Hope closed with the final five points of the half to close to within 38-33 at the break.
Hope (11-10 overall, 4-6 MIAA) pulled within two on a three-pointer by Evan Thomas in the opening minutes of the second half. Calvin built its lead up to 47-41 after the first media timeout of the second half and broke the game open with a sudden surge of defense and three-point shots.
DeVries nailed a three from the top of the key to put the Knights up 52-43 and triples from senior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and DeWitte shortly after bumped the Calvin lead to 58-43 with 13:18 remaining
Calvin methodically put the game away over the next 10 minutes behind 15 points from DeVries with three-point shots sprinkled in by junior Thad Shymanski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Nate Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) aiding the cause.
Calvin's defense limited Hope to 39.0 percent field goal shooting including just 27.8 percent in the second half. Hope also turned the ball over 19 times.
Junior Emmett Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) played a pivotal role in the defensive dominance, blocking four shots while scoring nine points and collecting a pair of steals. Bos had eight points and four rebounds while Shymanski dropped in nine points. Sophomore Jordan Katje (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian HS) provided instant energy off the bench with eight rebounds.
As a team, Calvin shot 54.2 percent from the floor overall.
COACHES COMMENT: "I thought the first 15 minutes of the game were a typical hard-fought Calvin-Hope game with both teams going back and forth," said Calvin head men's basketball coach Bill Sall. "We bumped up our defensive intensity over the last five minutes of the first half and got a little run going. We kept up that intensity in the second half. Even when we were up 20 or 25 points, our guys weren't relaxing. They were diving after every loose ball right up to the end which I love to see."
Sall also commented on the scoring performance by DeVries. "Derrick is a really tough matchup," Sall said. "If they go small, we are going to put him on the inside. If they go big, we are going to put him on the outside. I thought he did a good job, with the exception of two minutes, he did a tremendous job of finding the open guy when it wasn't there. He is just tough to guard. I know right now in our conference there are not many guys who can match up to him."
NOTES: The 35-point outburst by DeVries marked the first 30-point game by a Calvin player against Hope since Danny Rodts scored 30 at DeVos Fieldhouse on January 11, 2011. It matched the third highest 30-point by a Calvin player against Hope with Bill Wolterstorff also scoring 35 points on January 11, 1961…..Calvin head coach Bill Sall holds the record for most points scored by a Knight against Hope with 38 in an NCAA III Tournament game in 1987…..Dan Davis is second with 37 in a game at the Holland Civic Center in 1989…..the 35 points by DeVries was the most scored by an opponent against Hope at DeVos Fieldhouse since Joe Prepolec scored 40 for Kalamazoo in a game on January 26, 2011.
NEXT UP: Calvin will travel to Trine University next Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Calvin's victory over Hope and Trine's loss to Adrian on Saturday pulled the Knights within one game of Trine for second place in the MIAA standings.