Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team had its three-game home winning streak snapped on Saturday (Feb. 10) night, falling to Hope College by a 95-73 margin at Art Smith Arena.
Alma (8-15 overall, 5-7 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was led by sophomore Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich./Lowell), who scored a season-high 23 points. The Flying Dutchmen (15-8, 9-3 MIAA) remained tied for first place in the MIAA behind 20 points from Dante Hawkins as Hope hit 56.3 percent of its shots, including 14 of its 27 three-pointers.
With the loss, Alma drops into a tie for fifth place in the league standings with Albion College and Calvin College with two games remaining. The Scots sit two games behind Trine University (IN) and Adrian College, which are tied for third place. Alma will play both of those teams to close out the regular-season.
The Scots honored the 1977-78 MIAA championship team at halftime, the only team in the program's history to win the MIAA regular-season championship.
How It Happened
- Alma got down by six points after Hope hit back-to-back threes to open the game, but took the lead after 7-0 run, becoming the first team in four games to hold a lead over the Dutchmen. It was short-lived, however, as the Hope reclaimed the advantage and build an eight-point lead halfway into the opening frame.
- A 13-3 run, including a three-point play by Kevin Scheibert, gave the Scots a 30-28 lead with 4:16 to play. Hope responded with a 13-2 run to end the half, taking a nine-point lead into the break, up 41-32.
- In the second half, Hope steadily built an advantage, answering any attempt by the Scots to cut into the deficit, as the Dutchmen spent most of the final 20 minutes with a double-digit lead.
- Alma's loss snapped a three-game winning streak at Art Smith Arena.
- Kevin Scheibert scored at least 10 points for the ninth straight game.
- Ryan Stevens' 23 points marked a season-high, and one point off of his career-high of 24.
- Arthell Rosquist scored 12 points for his third game of 10 or more points.
The Scots will travel to Adrian College on Wednesday, Feb. 14, for their final road contest of the regular-season. Alma defeated the Bulldogs, 73-66, on January 20 at Art Smith Arena and will be looking to post a season sweep of Adrian while snapping a four-game slide on the road. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.