KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Calvin was unable to get past the homestanding Hornets of Kalamazoo Saturday afternoon, falling 77-72 at the Anderson Athletic Center.
The loss snaps a four-game Calvin win streak and bumps the Knights into a three-way tie for third place in the league standings with Hope and Olivet with two conference games left on the league slate. The Knights remain one game behind second place Albion and two games behind league-leading Trine heading into the final week of conference play.
Calvin (12-11 overall, 7-5 MIAA) led 11-6 early in the contest but Kalamazoo (7-16 overall, 4-8 MIAA) went on a 16-6 run to build a 22-17 lead. The Knights fell behind 29-21 later in the half but roared back with a 12-2 run to lead 33-31. The Hornets went on a 6-3 run to close out the half and lead at the break 37-36.
Calvin fell behind 53-45 but once again mounted a run, outscoring the Hornets 14-5 over a span of six minutes to build a 59-58 lead with 6:33 left. The Knights took the lead on a steal and fast-breakW layup by senior Carlos Amoros-Gutierrez (Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming HS).
With the game tied at 61 with five minutes left, Kalamazoo regained the lead on a three-point shot by Jeremiah Vincent out of a timeout. The Hornets never trailed again, stretching their lead to seven at 71-64. Calvin fought back to within three at 73-70 and regained the ball with 23 seconds remaining after a Kalamazoo turnover. Calvin turned the ball right back however and the Hornets proceeded to seal the game with a series of free throws in the closing seconds.
Amoros-Gutierrez led Calvin in defeat with 16 points off the bench. Junior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) had 15 points and junior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) 13 points. Sophomore Thad Shymanski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had nine points while senior Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) hauled down 11 rebounds.
Calvin held a 38-33 rebounding edge but turned the ball over 17 times. Kalamazoo was 21 of 26 at the free throw line while Calvin was 13 of 18 at the charity stripe.
Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Albion at 7:30 p.m at Van Noord Arena.