Calvin Men's Basketball Falls to No. 2 Augustana College in Season Opener

Calvin Men's Basketball Falls to No. 2 Augustana College in Season Opener
ROCK ISLAND, Il. - The Calvin men's basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 80-69 at No. 2 Augusta College Friday evening.

Calvin (0-1) fell behind 21-4 to open the game against an Augustana team that reached the NCAA III Semifinals last March.

The Knights rallied to close to within eight however late in the first half, trailing just 39-31 after a three-point play by junior Carlos Amoros-Gutierrez (Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming HS).

Augustana built its lead back up by double-digits early in the second half. Calvin trimmed the lead back to single digits after a dunk by junior Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) made the score 73-64 with 4:14 remaining.

Calvin got no closer however as the host Vikings (2-0) claimed the win.

Freshman Luke Morrison (Bristol, Ind./Northridge HS) had a big game in his collegiate debut with a team-high 18 points for th eKnights. Morrison was 7-of-10 from the field including 3-of-5 from three-point range. 

Amoros-Gutierrez had 12 points off the benc while bykerk had nine points and seven rebounds.

Calvin shot 47.3 percent from the field but turned the ball over 17 times.

Calvin travels to Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.