Calvin Men's Basketball Downs Olivet 87-69 to Stretch Winning Streak To Four

Calvin Men's Basketball Downs Olivet 87-69 to Stretch Winning Streak To Four

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's basketball team stretched its win streak to four games and remained unbeaten in league play with an 87-69 victory over Olivet Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena.

Calvin (8-6 overall, 3-0 MIAA) is tied for the league lead with Hope heading into a Saturday afternoon contest at Alma.

Working against Olivet's high pressure defense, Calvin was able to take a 45-35 halftime lead.

The Knights used a 12-4 run to open the second half to build a 57-39 lead. Calvin stretched its lead to as many as 24 points at 70-46 and cruised from that point on for the win.

Calvin (8-6 overall, 3-0 MIAA) shot 52.8 percent from the field and was led in scoring by junior Michael Wilks (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) who pumped in 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting.  Wilks was one of four Calvin players to notch double-digits in scoring. Sophomore Austin Bykerk (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) had 11 points including a pair of high-flying dunks. Freshman Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had 10 points and senior Michael Welch (Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore HS) 13 points off the bench.

Senior Cam Denney (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell HS) had seven points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Junior Mike Siegel (Fremont, Mich./Fremont HS) added nine points and seven assists while rippling in a pair of three-pointers. Junior Tony Canonie (South Haven, Mich./South Haven HS) had a strong floor game with six assists agaisnt just two turnovers while also grabbing five rebounds.

The Knights turned the ball over 19 times against the Olivet pressure but also came up with 22 assists for their second-highest single-game assist total of the year.

"I'm pretty happy with the win tonight," said Calvin men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek. "Wins in the league will be tough to come by. No doubt about it. It was a little different type of game tonight from Olivet with their pressure, zone defense and trapping but I thought our guys responded well. We had a few more turnovers than we normally would like but against a team that presses on defense like Olivet, some turnovers are bound to happen. Overall I thought we did a good job against their defense. Now it's time to move on to the next game."

Calvin held a commanding 44-22 rebounding advantage. The Knights were also 25 of 33 (.758) from the free throw line.

Eric Ewing led Olivet with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Chris Chrzan had 12 points and Aaron Washington 11 points.

Olivet hosted 38 three-point attempts and connected on 10.

Calvin's game on Saturday at Alma is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.