Kalonji and Harris Carry Men's Hoops in Loss to Hope

Junior forward Jeremy Kalonji dropped a career-high 28 points in Saturday's 76-68 loss at Hope (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Junior forward Jeremy Kalonji dropped a career-high 28 points in Saturday's 76-68 loss at Hope (Photo by Mike Dickie).

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Adrian College men's basketball team fell on the road to Hope College 76-68 on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Hope 76, Adrian 68

Location: Holland, Mich. (DeVos Fieldhouse)

Records: Adrian 3-12 (0-4 MIAA), Hope 9-6 (2-2 MIAA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Hope got out to a lightning fast start, scoring 10 unanswered points to start the game. Adrian would claw its way back into the game, and took the lead with 13:31 remaining in the first half. The lead would be short lived, as it only took the Flying Dutchmen two shots to regain the lead. Hope wouldn't forfeit the lead for the rest of the first half and led by as many as 16. The Bulldogs would be down by 10, 46-36, when the horn sounded to signal halftime.

Adrian would get the deficit to three with 8:32 remaining in the game, but couldn't quite complete the comeback. Hope was able to stay hot and keep making shots, quickly running the lead back up to double digits less than two minutes later. Despite winning the second half by two points, it wasn't enough for AC to win the match, as Hope held on for the 76-68 win.

The Flying Dutchmen were hot from all areas of the floor, shooting 52% from three, and overall. It was a two-man show for the Bulldogs, with sophomore Jordan Harris and junior Jeremy Kalonji combining for 55 of the Black and Gold's 68 points. It's been a busy week for Kalonji as he's now set a new career-high in points to go along with the career-high for rebounds he set in Wednesday's game against Trine.

TOP DOGS

• Kalonji and Harris carried the offense, finishing with 28 and 27 points. Kalonji's 28 points are a new career high.

• Kalonji also led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds in the contest.

THE OPPOSITION

• Riley Lewis led Hope with 25 points.

• Teddy Ray finished with 10 boards for the Flying Dutchmen and added nine points, one shy of a double-double.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs travel to Olivet for a men's and women's doubleheader with the Comets on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The women's game will start a 6 p.m. while the men will tip at 8 p.m.