GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's basketball team defeated Aquinas College 85-63 on Saturday night to post a perfect weekend at the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament. The Knights took an early lead and never looked back to claiming their second consecutive win.
Calvin improves to 3-3 on the season, while Aquinas falls to 1-7. On Friday night, Calvin snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-62 over Cornerstone University. Aquinas fell to Hope 78-63 in its opening game of the weekend showcase.
Junior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian) was named the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Showcase Most Valuable Player, posting a game-high 25 points and team-high six rebounds on Saturday. Sophomore Thad Shymanski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) was named to the All-Tournament team, posting 15 points in the win. Sophomore Emmet Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) shot one-hundred percent from field goal and free throw range to amass 11 points.
Also named to the All-Tournament team were Aquinas' DeShawn Lewis, Cornerstone's Sam Vander Sluis and Riley Costen, and Hope's Riley Lewis.
The Knights came out strong to build a quick 9-2 lead. Junior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian) and Shymanski made early three-point field goals before the Bulldogs scored. Shymanski came back to convert on a three-point play.
After scoring on both sides, Warners scored five consecutive points to give Calvin an 18-6 lead just over five minutes into the game.
As the midpoint of the half neared, Calvin's offense cooled off and Aquinas cut the deficit to four points. The two teams exchanged points until the Knights staged a seven-point run to lead 34-23 with two-and-a-half minutes left in the half. Aquinas chipped the lead back down to seven on two separate occasions, but a late by senior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) gave Calvin a 39-29 advantage heading into the break.
Calvin pulled away in the second half, outscoring Aquinas 46-34. The Knights went up fifteen early in the second half with points coming from senior Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian) and DeVries. With just under 14 minutes left to play, Calvin used a nine-zero run to lead 54-33. The deficit was too large to overcome for the Bulldogs as the Knights held a one-point edge in the remaining time to take the 22-point victory.
Calvin shot 51.7% from the field, compared to Aquinas' 38.2 shooting percentage. The Knights held a sizeable 41-26 advantage on the boards, including 11 offensive rebounds.
The Knights are back in action on Wednesday when they host Anderson (Ind.) to Van Noord Arena for a non-conference tilt. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.