HOLLAND, Mich. -- In a battle of top-20 teams, No. 15 Hope defeated No. 20 Marietta 84-73 Thursday evening in the first round of the 23rd annual Russ Devette Holiday Classic.

The loss dropped Marietta to 7-4 on the season. Hope improved to 9-1 overall.

Hope jumped out to an early lead and built a 14-point advantage with 9:30 left in the first half. The Pioneers slowly chipped away at the deficit and ended the half with three consecutive 3-pointers to take a 34-33 lead into the intermission.

TOP 25 SCORES
No. 1 Middlebury 83, Curry 54
No. 11 Mary Hardin-Baylor 70, UW-Stout 57
No. 7 Williams 66, Thomas More 64
No. 10 Cabrini 80, Johns Hopkins 60
No. 8 Whitworth 76, Calvin 51
No. 19 Wooster 78, Theil 68
No. 22 Birmingham-Southern 83, Southern Maine 73

Hope came out of the locker room and quickly regained the lead. Following a 43-43 tie Hope used a 12-3 run to take control of the game, 55-46.

The Pioneers managed to cut the lead to two, 61-59 with 6:53 remaining, but the Flying Dutchmen answered with an 8-1 run to push the margin back to nine points. Marietta would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Kevin Knab led the Pioneers with 20 points. Trevor Halter scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, while sophomore Tyler Hammond added 12 points and seven assists.

Peter Bunn paced the Dutchmen with 18 points. Nate Snuggerud and David Krombeen each scored 15 points, while Colton Overway added 11.

Marietta shot 46 percent (26-56) from the floor, 36 (7-19) from 3-point range and 73 percent (14-19) from the free throw line.

Hope hit 32-56 (57 percent) from the floor, 5-11 (45 percent) from beyond the arc and 15-19 (78 percent) at the charity stripe.

The Pioneers had a slim edge on the boards, 34 to 31. Marietta committed 14 turnovers while Hope had 12 turnovers.