Kalamazoo College’s Men’s Basketball team fell 86-78 to Hope on Saturday, while the Women’s Basketball team fell 76-44 to Calvin. Both games were played away from home.
The men traveled to #9 Hope on January 23 where they played their sixth conference game of the season, this contest against their biggest rivals. The rivalry brought out some of the best in both teams and led to a close contest. While the Hornets were at one point leading by as much as 12, thanks to some strong first half play by Josh Miller K’17, the Flying Dutchmen cut the Hornets lead to just three at the half (46-43).
Hope started the second half with a 7-0 run, but Kalamazoo was able to fight back time and time again in the second half. It was an exciting second half that experienced 11 lead changes until Hope took a two point lead with 3:25 left to play and never trailed again after that. The final score was 86-78 in favor of Hope, the men’s sixth conference loss of the season. It extended their conference losing streak to 15 straight games dating back to last season.
The Hornets were led in their pursuit of their first conference win by Demarco Dickerson K’19, Chase Baysdell K’17 and Josh Miller K’17. Dickerson put up 19 points and had 4 steals, but suffered an inefficient shooting day, going 8 for 25. Baysdell added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while also playing the most minutes (35). Miller shot a perfect 6 for 6 and finished with 14 points, his game-high this season.
The women traveled to Grand Rapids on January 23rd to face conference title contenders Calvin. The Knights came out of the gates strong, scoring 26 in the first quarter and leading by 15. It was a deficit the Hornets would never recover from. By halftime Calvin was up 44-20, and cruised along in the second half to a 76-44 victory at home.
The women were led in offense by Grace Smith K’17 who put up 9 points and added 6 rebounds. Kelsey Adamski K’16 and Danielle Simon K’18 both added 8 points each.
The men and the women both return to action tonight, Wednesday January 27 as they play a home doubleheader. The women play first at 6:00 pm and host Albion while the men play at 8:00 pm and host Adrian. The games will also help support the Flint community by raising money and encouraging patrons to bring bottled water to send to Flint.