GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's basketball team rallied from down six in the final two minutes to stun the No. 23 Thunder of Trine University on Wednesday night.
The Knights improve to 6-6 on the year and 1-0 in the MIAA with the 74-70 victory. Calvin also hands Trine its second loss of the season, as Trine falls to 10-2 and 0-1 in the MIAA. The Knights are now 19-1 in MIAA openers under head coach Kevin Vande Streek and is 9-0 all-time against Trine at Van Noord Arena.
"We said all week that we needed to play a full 40 minutes," said head coach Kevin Vande Streek. "I was so proud of the guys tonight. They really showed a lot of toughness tonight to rally to win."
Calvin started out strong in the first half, taking a seven-point lead at 22-15. The Thunder would counter with a 15-2 run to take a 30-24 lead. The Knights would finish the half with an 11-2 run, capped by sophomore Tony Canonie with a three-point basket before time expired, giving Calvin a 35-32 lead at halftime.
The two teams exchanged the lead until the game was tied at 62 with 4:01 remaining. Trine would go on a 5-0 run. Senior Jordan Daley cut the lead to three with 2:40 left. Travis Malone drained a three-point basketball for Trine to give the Thunder a six point lead with 2:18 remaining. Junior Nate Drews drained one of his three three-point baskets to cut the lead to 70-67 with 2:02 remaining. Daley cut the lead to one with a layup. After a Tony Canonie steal, senior Austin Parks gave Calvin the lead from where it would not look back.
Junior Cameron Denney gave the Knights a three-point lead with a layup and Jordan Daley sealed the deal with a free throw with nine seconds remaining.
Daley led the Knights in the victory with 23 points. Cameron Denney was the leading rebounder with 10. Sophomore Michael Wilks and Austin Parks had a team-high six assists.
The Knights took advantage of their rebounds on Wednesday, coming away with 13 second-chance points. Calvin showed some toughness on the night with 28 points in the paint, compared to 16 for Trine.
Calvin outrebounded Trine on Wednesday, 31-25.
The Knights return to action on Saturday as Calvin travels to Albion. The action is slated to begin at 3 p.m. against the Britons.