Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team fell to Hope College 87-74 on Wednesday (Jan. 16) evening.
Junior guard Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) and sophomore guard Amari Hudson (Highland Park, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public School Academy) both scored new career-highs, Stevens with 25 and Hudson with 16. In addition, Hudson led the Scots with seven rebounds, while Stevens posted six boards and five assists.
Riley Lewis led all scorers with 25 points. Danny Beckman made six of seven threes for 18 points off the bench, and Dennis Towns tallied 14 points and 13 rebound for the Flying Dutchmen (10-6, 3-2 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association).
Alma (3-13, 2-3 MIAA) held a small four-point lead midway through the first half, but Hope started to pull away behind its stellar three-point shooting — making eight of 16 first-half threes — and led by 15 at the half. In the second frame, it opened up a 21-point lead on its way to the win.
How It Happened
- The two teams traded buckets in the early stages of the game until Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) nailed a three-pointer and Matt Lark (Middleville, Mich. / Thornapple Kellogg) sank a jumper to put the Scots up 17-13 at the 10:10 mark. After that, Hope went on a 13-0 run to go up 29-19.
- The score hovered around 10 points until the Flying Dutchmen went on another run, this time 12-2 to expand the lead to 18 points. Alma trailed 47-32 at the break.
- Alma clawed its way back into the game throughout the first ten minutes of the second half, capping it off with an 8-2 run to make it 59-51 with 11:20 remaining, its closest deficit since the 5:49 mark of the first half. However, Hope responded with an 11-0 run to reclaim the momentum. It held the lead until the final buzzer and Alma didn't get any closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
- Ten made field goals and 16 attempts are both career-highs for Ryan Stevens, in addition to his 25 points.
- Amari Hudson shot 75-percent from the field, also a new career-best for him.
- The Scots scored 38 points in the paint, tied for the most it's had this season. It first set the mark on Dec. 19 against No. 4 Whitman.
- Hope shot 52-percent from the field in the game and 47-percent from three-point range.
What He Said
"We had a couple guys show up tonight. No one else really did. We're not talented enough to have a couple guys show up and expect them to carry us. Our defensive energy looked like an open gym in the first half.
We have a group that's afraid to fail. Until the pain of regret outweighs the fear of failure, this is what we'll be. I've dealt with this here in the past. The last group overcame it. We'll see if this group can."
- Head Coach Sam Hargraves
Alma travels to Adrian for a game on Saturday (Jan. 19). The Bulldogs are one of two winless teams left in the conference. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.