KENOSHA, Wis. – The Calvin men's basketball team improved to 2-3 on the year with a victory at Carthage on Tuesday night. The Knights defeated the Redmen, 88-83. Calvin shot a season-high .516 from the field on Tuesday and drained a season-high nine three-point baskets. Carthage falls to 3-2.
"It was great tonight," said head coach Kevin Vande Streek. "I was really proud of the guys. Carthage is a good team and tonight was a physical game. We just continue to get better, we just have to keep getting more experience."
The Knights jumped out to an early lead in the first half, tied at four with 16:54 left, Calvin went on a 5-0 run with a layup from senior Nick Kronemeyer (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) and a three-point basketball from senior Cam Denney (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell). The Knights would push the lead up to seven on several occasions before the Redmen would fight back. Carthage and Calvin would exchange the lead for the last seven minutes of the first half and Carthage would hold onto a one-point lead at halftime at 46-45.
After a Carthage layup, Calvin would start the second half on a 6-0 run. The two teams would play each other tight the next 14 minutes, with neither team building a lead bigger than four points. With 3:21 remaining, Calvin would go on a 5-0 run. Nick Kronemeyer scored three points the old fashioned way and Cam Denney drained a jump shot with 2:46 left. Junior Tony Canonie (South Haven, Mich./South Haven) gave Calvin an eight-point lead with 1:25 left on the clock. The Knights would seal the victory with five free throws to take the game 88-83.
The Knights owned the glass on Tuesday with 43 rebounds and only allowed Carthage 26 rebounds. Calvin shot a season-high .516 from the field on Tuesday and drained a season-high nine three-point baskets, shooting .474 from behind the arc.
Nick Kronemeyer finished with a career-high 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Tuesday was the first-career double-double for Kronemeyer. He also finished with a season-high three assists.
Sophomore Luke Van Boxel (Montague, Mich./Montague) didn't miss a shot on Tuesday and recorded a career-high 11 points.
Sophomore Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian) tallied 11 points against Carthage.
Freshman Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian) notched a career-high nine points on Tuesday evening.
Senior Michael Welch (Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore) finished with eight rebounds, that ties his season-high.
Tony Canonie had a game-high two steals and was one of three Knights with three assists.
The Knights return to action on Saturday, when they return to Wisconsin and face UW-Oshkosh.