Strong Second Half Comeback Effort by Calvin Men's Basketball Comes Up Short in Saturday Setback at Trine

Strong Second Half Comeback Effort by Calvin Men's Basketball Comes Up Short in Saturday Setback at Trine

AANGOLA, Ind. - A strong second half comeback effort came up short on Saturday as the Knights fell at Trine University 80-70.

Calvin (7-8 overall, 2-2 MIAA) fell behind 13-0 in the opening five-and-a-half minutes of the game and struggled to gain footing the rest of the half. The host Thunder led 48-24 at halftime before the Knights began their second half comeback bid.

Calvin used a 15-4 run over a five-minute span to claw back to within seven at 55-48 with 11:10 remaining. Sophomore Benji Kuiper (Allendale, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) swished in a three-ball to cap the run. A jump shot by senior Carlos Amoros-Gutierrez (Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming HS) brought Calvin within seven at 57-50 with just over 10 minutes left but the Thunder rolled off an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to build a 68-52 lead.

The Knights got back within eight at 75-68 on a jumper by senior Jason Walter (Coloma, Mich./Coloma HS) with just over a minute to play but got no closer the rest of the way.

Senior Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) led Calvin in scoring with 15 points and nine rebounds while freshman Carson Meulenberg (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) matched a career scoring high with 12 points to go with nine rebounds. Junior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) added eight points and nine boards. Junior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had nine points with Walter chipping in with eight points.

Calvin held a 47-33 rebounding advantage but Trine was 10 of 16 from three-point range with Langston Johnson connecting on five three-point field goals for the Thunder in finishing with a game-high 24 points.

Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Kalamazoo at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.