HOLLAND, Mich. - Calvin opened play at the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic with an 83-55 defeat to Cornerstone University Friday night at Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse.
Ranked No. 8 in the latest NAIA Divison II national poll, Cornerstone (7-1) hit 9 of its first 13 field goal attempts to grab the early momentum.
Calvin (1-2) got within 11 at 36-25 with 2:37 remaining in the first half but Cornerstone answered with a 9-2 run to take a 42-27 halftime lead.
Cornerstone opened the second half with an 8-2 scoring run and kept the Knights at distance the rest of the game.
Senior Cam Denney (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell HS) led Calvin in defeat with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists while junior Michael Wilks (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HAD) had 11 points. Senior Michael Welch (Stevensville-Lakeshore HS) added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Cornerstone was led by Kyle Steigenga with 24 points while Cory Cox had 20.
The Golden Eagles outrebounded Calvin 39-30 and shot 53.7 percent from the field while holding Calvin to 33.9 percent field goal shooting.
Calvin returns to action on Friday night at 6 p.m. when it faces Aquinas College on the second and final day of the tournament. Host Hope defeated Aquinas 93-80 in Friday's second first round game.