Many of Kalamazoo College’s students return home over the six weeks of winter break starting around Thanksgiving and ending around the New Year. The men’s basketball team, however, remained on campus to continue their season, and also took trips to San Antonio, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio.
Prior to their trips, the Hornets notched their first win of the season on the road over Lawrence Tech. The team then travelled to San Antonio to participate in the Trinity Invitational Tournament, and got to take in a San Antonio Spurs game.
After returning home from Texas and going home shortly for Christmas, the Hornets hit the road again, this time for the Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament in Cleveland. While in Cleveland, the Hornets eclipsed the century mark for the first time this season in a game against Case Western Reserve, but it was not enough, as they fell 118-100.
In the non-conference first eleven games of their season, Junior Chase Baysdell K ’17 led the Hornets in scoring 16.3 ppg, to go along with 8.5 rpg. Adam Dykema K ’17 also had strong contributions throughout the non-conference schedule, adding 13.7 ppg, including his team leading 27 3-pointers.
This past week the Hornets began the MIAA season with games at home versus Alma and on the road at #23 Trine. In their home opener, the Hornets fought the Scots into overtime, but fell just short, losing 86-85. The Hornets then fell to nationally ranked Trine on Saturday 77-59.
Through the first two games of the MIAA season, first-year Demarco Dickerson K ’19 exploded into the conference season, averaging 21 ppg. Dykema has stayed consistent with his scoring, averaging 13.5 this past week, and Baysdell has continued his strong contributions, averaging a double-double through the first two conference games at10 ppg and 12 rpg.
The Hornets return to action today, Wednesday, when they travel to take on Albion on the road, and then return home to face Olivet on Saturday January 16.