Hope-Calvin Rivalry game
in DeVos Fieldhouse
February 9, 2013
Hope 73, Calvin 70
The amazing small college basketball rivalry known as Hope versus Calvin produced yet another "classic" on Saturday. A month ago the Flying Dutchmen were humiliated by a 26-point loss on Calvin's court. Responding to the "this is our house" chants of Hope's student Dew Crew and before a standing room only DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of nearly, 3,700 fans, the underdog Flying Dutchmen pulled off an amazing turnaround with a 73-70 victory.
The game was also viewed at 80 different locations in the United States and Canda and worldwide via the internet.
Coach Matt Neil's Flying Dutchmen delayed Calvin's bid to win an outright conference championship and now enter the final week of the regular season just one game behind the league leader. The victory puts Hope at 10-2 in the MIAA while Calvin is 11-1. With a six-game winning streak, the Flying Dutchmen are 15-8 overall.
In a game tied nine times in the second half, the last at 67-67 with 1:06 to play, the Flying Dutchmen took the lead for good on Nate Van Arendonk's jumper. The junior center had been held scoreless in the earlier meeting of the teams. This game he responded with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Free throws in the final seconds kept the Knights at bay, giving Hope's advantage in the all-time series to eight games.
Back in January in the loss to Calvin, Hope's starting lineup totaled 25 points. On Saturday every player in the starting lineup ended in double figures led by freshman guard Ben Gardner with 16 points. Adding 11 points apiece were Nate Snuggerud, Billy Seiler and Alex Eidson. Scoring clutch 12 points off the bench was Chase DeMaagd.
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