Bulldogs Drop Another Close One in Kalamazoo

Junior forward Jeremy Kalonji matched his career-high with 28 points in Adrian's 67-62 loss at Kalamazoo on Wednesday (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Junior forward Jeremy Kalonji matched his career-high with 28 points in Adrian's 67-62 loss at Kalamazoo on Wednesday (Photo by Mike Dickie).

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Adrian College men's basketball lost its second straight game by five points in a 67-62 road loss to Kalamazoo in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Kalamazoo 67, Adrian 62

Location: Kalamazoo, Mich. (Anderson Athletic Center)

Records: Adrian 3-15 (0-7 MIAA), Kalamazoo 4-14 (1-6 MIAA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian just couldn't find a way to get the ball into the hoop in the first half, with Kalamazoo up 36-20 at the break. The Hornets went on 17-point run to open the large lead. Kalamazoo shot 58.3% from the field while AC connected at just a 17.9% clip. The Bulldogs' bright spot in the first half was junior forward Jeremy Kalonji, who scored 14 of Adrian's points in the opening 20 minutes, including hitting all seven of his free throw attempts.

The offense came alive in the second half, shooting 52% but it wouldn't be enough to overcome the Hornets' first-half lead. AC was able to get the deficit to as little as three points with only 2.6 seconds remaining on a 25-10 run but couldn't keep the comeback rolling and lost 67-62. Sophomore Jordan Harris went on a tear in the second half, leading the Bulldogs in the final frame with 23 points. Kalonji dropped in another 14 in the second half for a game-high 28, matching his career high from earlier this year.

TOP DOGS

• Kalonji led the team in scoring for the third time in the last four games with 28 points. Harris was right behind him with 24 points. Harris also had a game-high five steals, tying his career-high from a season ago.

• Junior forward Ke'Shaun Wyatt-Morris led the Bulldogs in rebounds with seven.

THE OPPOSITION

• Tanner Blyly and Ben Reiter led Kalamazoo with 15 points each.

• Jeremiah Vincent had a game-high nine rebounds for the Hornets.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs return home this weekend to host Calvin on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the second half of conference play. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.