The Kalamazoo College Men’s basketball team has gone through more than their fair share of struggles this season, winning just one of their first twenty-one games. This week though, the Hornets looked like an entirely new team, posting double digit victories both, mid-week at Olivet, and on Saturday at home against rival Calvin. The victory over Calvin came on a very memorable Senior Day.
On February 10, 2016 the Hornets defeated Olivet 75-63 behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from junior center Josh Miller. It was Miller’s first double-double of the season, and the second of his career. Fellow juniors Tommy Cerven and Chase Baysdell added 17 and 16 points respectively. The victory over the Comets marked K’s first MIAA victory this season, ending their double digit game losing streak in MIAA play.
The Hornets two seniors, Mike Oravetz and Cam Schwartz completed their senior day festivities with their first career victory over Calvin College on Saturday. It was the first Hornets victory over the Knights since the 2010-11 season. Oravetz tallied 11 points, including a 3-pointer to open the scoring for the Hornets, and Schwartz collected 8 rebounds from his point guard position, tied for the game-high with fellow Hornet Josh Whitney K’17. Whitney also added 12 points to go along with his 8 rebounds. Junior Chase Baysdell led the Hornets in scoring with 16 points. Tommy Cerven added 14 points, including shooting 8-10 from the free throw line.
Not only did the Hornets see four players score in double figures, but the team play was apparent on the defensive end as well. The Hornets defense held the Knights to just 28.6% shooting from the floor, and a dismal 2-24 shooting from 3 point range.
Needless to say, the Hornets, and especially the seniors were ecstatic about the win against Calvin, as Oravetz went to social media following the game, tweeting “Gotta visit the dentist, but I’ll take it if it means a win over Calvin!”
The Hornets (3-20, 2-10) host Hope (21-2, 11-1) tonight, looking to build on their two game win streak at 8 pm. This will be their last home game of the season, and it will be the second game of a men’s and women’s double header tonight.
The Hornets Women’s team was also in MIAA action this past week, falling at Alma 67-55 during the mid-week play, but defeated St. Mary’s on the road on Saturday to sweep the season series.
Sophomore Emily Kozal K tallied 22 points in the loss at Alma, upping her average scoring for the season to 14 ppg.
Kozal cracked the 20 point mark again over the weekend, scoring 25 points, including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Senior Kelsey Adamski K’16 also broke the 20 point mark herself, adding 22 points, and 10-11 from the free throw stripe.
The Hornets will finish their season at home on Wednesday against Hope at 6 pm.