GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Calvin defeated No. 12 Adrian 56-50 in its MIAA conference opener in a defensive battle at the Van Noord Arena.
Calvin sophomore Tyler Dykstra scored the game’s first basket two minutes into the contest. Adrian answered a minute later as senior forward Sean Gallant with an offensive rebound and put-back layup.
With the score tied at six with 13:15 remaining in the first half, Calvin went on a quick 6-1 run capped off by a long 3-pointer from senior point guard David Rietema.
Adrian responded with four consecutive points from sophomore guard Eric Lewis to cut Calvin’s lead to a single point. A 3-pointer from senior guard Cody Barnes gave Adrian an 18-16 lead, its largest lead of the first half.
Calvin tied the game at 18 on a tip-in from senior Tom Snikkers with 6:42 remaining. Both teams scored seven more points en route to a 25-25 game at halftime.
Calvin senior Bryan Powell led all scorers at halftime with 10 points on four of five shooting. Barnes led Adrian with seven points.
Calvin jumped out to a six-point lead seven minutes into the second half. Consecutive baskets from Adrian cut Calvin’s lead to one.
The Bulldogs could not get any closer. Layups from Dykstra and junior center Tyler Kruis boosted Calvin’s lead back to five. Adrian could not cut the lead to a single possession, and fell for the first time this season.
“”Whenever you play Adrian, you know you’re in for a tough and physical game,” Calvin head coach Kevin Vande Streek said. “I was pleased with the intensity and effort on defense. Holding Adrian to 50 points is a feat.”
Powell and Kruis led the way for Calvin with 14 points. Snikkers scored 12 points and hauled in eight rebounds.
Lewis led the way for Adrian in defeat with 17 points.
Calvin out-rebounded Adrian 39-31 in the contest. The Knights shot 87 percent from the charity strip (13-of-15).