The Calvin College men’s basketball team has enjoyed a strong season, finishing 24-3 with MIAA regular season and conference tournament championships. Rather than being rewarded with the opportunity to host a first round game in the NCAA Division III tournament, the Knights hit the road to meet up with the Rose-Hulman Engineers.
It was an even matchup on paper but the Knights will leave Terre Haute having proven themselves superior thanks to a 72-52 victory. Calvin held a slim 25-23 advantage at the half but exploded offensively in the second half to seize control and put away Rose-Hulman thank to 18 field goals on just 22 attempts after the break. T72 points was the most the Engineers allowed in a game all season. Calvin senior Tom Snikkers led all scorers with 20 points.
The Knights will be back in action next Saturday night against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for second round play. The game is likely to be hosted by UW-Stevens Point although an official announcement has not been made.
The Division III women were also in action tonight, at least those that advanced to the second round. In Michigan, that was limited to Hope College after Calvin fell to St. Thomas (MN) last night. Just like Friday night, Hope emerged victorious in front of a home town crowd of better than 1,900. This time it was Ohio Northern on the short end, falling 63-48. Next up for the Flying Dutch will be the St. Thomas Tommies at a location yet to be announced.