Calvin Men's Basketball Claims Key Conference Victory at Alma

Calvin Men's Basketball Claims Key Conference Victory at Alma
ALMA, Mich. - Calvin claimed a key 80-63 conference victory at Alma Saturday afternoon. The Knights (5-8 overall, 1-1 MIAA) used a spirited first half defensive effort to take control of the game and eventually roll on to the win.

Calvin held Alma 13 points under its season scoring average in the victory.
 
Calvin led 40-27 at halftime. The Knights used an 8-0 run in the first half to build a 24-13 lead and then used a 9-4 run to take a 35-21 lead. 
 
The Knights maintained a double-digit lead from that point on, continuing to answer every Alma surge with timely shooting as Calvin outscored the Scots 40-36 in the second half.
 
Calvin received a big lift from freshman Luke Morrison who popped in 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists. Morrison was 8-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-10 from three-point range. 
 
"We had great intensity to start the game on defense and that really set the tone for our team," said Calvin men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek.  "Luke Morrison gave us a big scoring punch but we had several other guys step up when we needed them too. It was a great team win."

Junior Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) and junior Jason Walter (Coloma, Mich./Coloma HS) had 12 points apiece. Sophomore Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) had 11 points and nine rebounds. 

Senior Michael Wilks (Hudsonville Mich./Unity Christian HS) had nine points off the bench, hitting several clutch shots that countered Alma's comeback efforts. Sophomore Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had eight points and eight rebounds. Senior Tony Canonie (South Haven, Mich./South Haven HS) had five points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. 

As a team, Calvin blocked six Alma shots. 
 
Alma (4-9 overall, 1-1 MIAA) was led by Scott Maki with 13 points.
 
Calvin shot 47.1 percent from the field and held a 42-41 rebounding advantage. Alma turned the ball over 19 times and was 5-of-26 from three-point range.
Calvin will now prepare to travel to rival Hope on Wednesday night with the opening tip set for 8 p.m. at Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse.
 
The game will feature the 197th meeting between the two teams in men's basketball in a series that Hope leads 101-95.