MARIETTA, Ohio – The Calvin men's basketball season ended on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Knights were defeated by the No. 7 ranked Pioneers of Marietta College, 83-66. Calvin made it into the tournament after winning the MIAA Tournament with victories over Trine and No. 18 Hope. The Knights finished the season with a 17-11 mark. Marietta improves to 24-4 and will play Guilford on Saturday.
"I am really proud of our guys," said Calvin head coach Kevin Vande Streek. "I thought that we played really hard. Marietta is just really good. I knew they were good offensively, but they are better defensively than I expected them to be. Just making shots difficult for us, making it difficult for us to get into a flow."
The evening started out with Calvin jumping out to an early 11-6 lead in the first four minutes. Junior Mike Siegel (Fremont, Mich./Fremont) led all players with five points. The Pioneers would counter that with a 13-0 run to take back the lead that they would not give back the rest of the night. The Knights would continue to fight, but the Pioneers would fold onto a 47-38 lead at halftime. Marietta was led by Dillon Young who hit all seven of his shots, including five three-point baskets.
Junior Tony Canonie (South Haven, Mich./South Haven) made a layup with 19:22 left to cut the lead to nine points, but that would be the closest the Knights would get. Senior Cam Denney (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell) had a team-high nine points in the second half.
Four Knights recorded double-digit points; Michael Welch led Calvin 12 points. Tony Canonie and Cam Denney both finished with 11 points and Mike Siegel had 10 points. Senior Nick Kronemeyer (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) finished with a team-high eight rebounds and had nine points. Welch and Canonie both tallied three assists.
Calvin won the rebounding battle on Friday, 41-37. The Knights also edged the Pioneers in assists, 13-12.