Calvin Men's Basketball Falls to Aquinas in Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic

Calvin Men's Basketball Falls to Aquinas in Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's basketball team dropped its opening game of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic Friday night, falling to the host Aquinas College Saints 78-73.
 
Calvin (1-3) led 37-31 at halftime behind 22 first half points from freshman guard Luke Morrison (Bristol, Ind./Northridge HS).
 
The Knights maintained the lead through much of the second half. 

Aquinas (4-5) tied the game at 66-66 on a free throw with 4:18 remaining and then gained the lead at 68-66 on a layup with 3:06 left on the clock.
 
Sophomore Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) responded with a deep three-pointer with the shot clock expiring to give Calvin a 69-68 lead with 2:35 remaining.
 
The Saints tied the game at 69 with a free throw but Luke Morrison responded with a short jumper that gave the Knights a 71-69 lead with 2:03 left.
 
Aquinas then nailed a three-pointer at the 1:42 mark to take a 72-71 lead. Aquinas regained possession after a Calvin turnover and shortly after bumped its lead to 74-71 with a pair of free throws.
Calvin missed a pair of jump shots in the final 1:04 of regulation and the Saints sealed the win with four free throws.

Calvin was led by Luke Morrison with a career-high 29 points. Bos was the only other Calvin player in double-figures in scoring with 13 points.

Calvin was 10-of-23 (.435) from three-point range but converted just 5-of-13 (.385) of its free throw attempts. The Knights also turned the ball over 17 times against the Aquinas pressure defense.

Aquinas placed five players in double-figures in scoring led by Arsenio Arrington with 19 points. Aquinas shot just 58.6 percent from the free throw line but converted 17-of-29 at the charity stripe to outscore Calvin by 12 points at the free throw line.

Calvin will face Cornerstone at 6 p.m. on day two of the tournament with Aquinas continuing to serve as host.