Men’s basketball team downs Hope, 89-62

Photo by Keely Cruz
Photo by Keely Cruz

OLIVET, Mich. – A balanced scoring attack led the Olivet College men's basketball team to an 89-62 win over Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) rival Hope College this evening inside the Cutler Event Center in Olivet. The Comets have now five straight games.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Olivet 89, Hope 62
Location: Cutler Event Center; Olivet, Mich.
Records: Hope 10-7 overall, 3-3 MIAA; Olivet 9-8 overall, 5-1 MIAA

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Comets never trailed in the game. In the first half, the Flying Dutchmen trailed by only eight points, 23-15, at the midpoint. Over the next seven minutes of game, Olivet out-scored Hope 22-4 to extend its lead to 26 points, 45-19. The teams traded baskets to create a 47-23 score at the intermission.
  • In the second half, the Comets stretched their lead to as many as 32 points, 81-49, with 3:36 left in the game.

FOR THE COMETS

  • For the game, Olivet made 32-of-60 baskets (53.3 percent), including 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from behind the arc. The Comets also committed only four turnovers compared to 17 miscues for Hope.
  • All five starters reached double digits in the scoring column.
  • Junior Trevor Manuel led the way with 17 points. He also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
  • Senior Tracy Edmond scored 17 points and recorded eight assists.
  • Senior John McAdoo netted 12 points and made four steals.
  • Seniors Colin Jones and Dee Roberts each had 11 points.

FOR THE FLYING DUTCHMEN

  • Teddy Ray posted a double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Tyler George also had 12 points off the bench.
  • Dennis Towns added 11 points.
  • Riley Lewis scored nine points and had four assists.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Olivet's four turnovers were a season-low. The previous low was seven in the win against Thomas More (Ky.) University.
  • The 11 three-pointers matches a single-game high for this season.
  • The 27-point margin of victory is the second-highest ever in school history in a win against Hope. The only larger margin of victory was 37 points, 102-65, on Jan. 9, 1971.

UP NEXT

  • The Comets wrap-up the first half of their MIAA schedule next Wednesday, Jan. 26, with a 7:30 p.m. game at Calvin College.