GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Calvin used a big second half run to take control and defeat rival Hope 75-62 in the 202nd meeting between the two schools Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena on the campus of Calvin College.
Thad Shymanski led the Knights with 25 points. Derrick DeVries had 18 points and 10 assists. That duo helped the Knights build a lead that grew to as many as 20 points at 68-48 with just under six minutes to go in the game.
Both offenses struggled in the first half with each shooting under thirty percent in the half. A pair of three pointers by Shymanski and DeVries helped Calvin to a 24-20 lead at halftime.
Hope was led by Preston Granger’s 18 points.
The victory against Hope was the first in as many tries for first year Calvin coach Bill Sall. He was 7-3 against Hope as a player.
“At least for me there’s two games you’re going to remember. I’m 52 and I still remember them,” Sall said. It’s your last game you played against Hope at home and the last game you put a Calvin uniform on. We wanted to leave these guys, these seniors, with the legacy of a W.”
Hope’s Greg Mitchell gave credit to Calvin for its execution in the second half and also thought his team’s inexperience in this particular rivalry game also played a role in the outcome too.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that haven’t experienced the Hope-Calvin rivalry. I’m sitting next to three guys that it was their first game. That’s different,” said Mitchell. “I thought we were ready to go. I loved our grit. I loved our toughness early. A little more offensive efficiency and we’re feeling a little bit more different at this point.”
Calvin improves to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA. Hope drops to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the MIAA.
In the women’s game played at DeVos Fieldhouse, Hope came out victorious winning 74-50.
The Flying Dutch improve to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in league play. Calvin drops to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA.
Jess Moorman had 14 points to lead Hope. Stephanie Coors had 12 points to pace Calvin.
The two teams play again at DeVos Fieldhouse Feb. 8.