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Monday Hope sports roundup

by Carolyn Binder

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Alex Eidson’s Career-High 27 Points Powers Flying Dutchmen Past Kalamazoo

Guard Alex Eidson tied a DeVos Fieldhouse-record with six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points as the Hope College men’s basketball team defeated Kalamazoo College 76-61 on Monday.

Coach Matt Neil’s Flying Dutchmen improve to 13-6 overall and 7-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. Hope pulled even with idle Calvin College atop the MIAA standings and will host Calvin on Wednesday.

Neil was pleased with how the Flying Dutchmen used their height advantage inside to set up their offense.

“It was no secret where we wanted to go with the ball,” Hope coach Matt Neil said. “Looking at our size advantage and where our guys are playing right now, we wanted to get the ball in the paint. If nothing else it forces them to do some things to adjust.”

Eidson went 64.3 percent from the field (9-of-14), including 85.7 percent from 3-point range (6-of-7). The sophomore from Grand Haven tied the DeVos Fieldhouse record for 3-pointers in a single game held by Stephen Cramer (2007 vs. Tri-State/Trine), Jesse Reimink (2007 vs. Capital, Ohio) and Derek VanSolkema (2008 vs. Olivet).

Eidson surpassed his previous career high of 26 points against Aurora (Ill.) from last season and his previous season high of 25 against Alma on Jan. 22.

Hope hit 10 3-pointers for the second consecutive home game, matching its season-high against Adrian on Jan. 29.

Junior guard Corey McMahon of Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS) buried three 3-pointers and finished with nine points off the bench.

Sophomore forward Brock Benson of Willowbrook, Ill. (Hinsdale South HS) scored 16 points off the bench. He shot 70 percent from the field (7-of-10).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Sink Season-High 11 3-pointers, Beat Alma 89-43

The unbeaten Hope College women’s basketball team cruised to an 89-43 win in its makeup game at Alma College on Monday by burying a season-high 11 3-pointers.

Coach Brian Morehouse’s Flying Dutch improved to 19-0 overall and 11-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.

Three players scored 12 points apiece to lead Hope, which extended its MIAA lead to two games over second-place Olivet College. The Flying Dutch shot 57.9 percent from 3-point range (11-of-19).

“It was a great team win with many contributors,” Morehouse said. “I thought our defense was outstanding and our ball movement on offense was very good. We had no letdown when we subbed.”

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) led Hope’s starters with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field in 14 minutes of action.

Two of her teammates each netted 12 points off the bench — freshman guardElizabeth Perkinsof Eaton Rapids (Lansing Christian HS) and freshmanMandy Traversaof Winfield, Ill. (Wheaton North HS).

It was Perkins and Traversa's second-highest total of the season. Traversa had 14 points at Olivet on Nov. 26. All of Traversa's points came off 3-pointers. She shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Sophomore guard Autumn Anderson of Dorr (Wayland HS) hit two 3-pointers to score a season-high 10 points for Hope.

Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) also made two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.

ICE HOCKEY

Flying Dutchmen Fall In Shootout To Adrian

The Hope College ice hockey team lost in a shootout at Adrian College Monday night, but picked up a point to move into a first-place tie in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference West Division.

Both teams scored three goals during regulation. The Flying Dutchmen ((19-4-1 overall, 9-2-1 MCHC) was outscored 2-0 during the shootout.

Hope shares the division lead with Davenport. The Flying Dutchmen close out the regular season this weekend with a two-game series against Aquinas College.

Goalie Eric Lipon of Brighton (Brighton HS) made 27 saves during regulation and overtime for Hope.

SCORING SUMMARY

1.  Justin Glick from Jamie Haak
2.  Caleb Morgan from Justin Glick and Elliott Digison
3.  Ben Hoard from Ryan Restum and Elliott Digison