Cavin holds off Spartans, Kalamazoo trip next

Cavin holds off Spartans, Kalamazoo trip next

A second 20-minute span that saw Calvin College of Michigan and Manchester University tally a combined 101 points was part of a close-knit Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Nov. 24.

Calvin held on for an 89-77 win, despite the host Spartans (1-3) over 57 percent from the field and right at 50 percent from outside the arc in the second half. MU held a 26-21 lead with less than seven minutes to go in the first half, but the Knights went on a 13-5 stretch to end the stanza for a 34-31 halftime advantage. After answering early in the second half to tie the game three times over the opening eight minutes, the hosts saw CC go on a key 9-0 run that gave them the lead for good.

A quartet of Black and Gold players registered double figures. Senior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) led the group with 19 points; senior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) ended with 18; freshman guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) reeled off his fourth straight double-digit contest with 14 points; and junior forward Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) compiled a double-double gathering 10 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists. Casteel's double-double was the first of his collegiate career, and Dolezal etched out his five double-figure scoring effort in the last six contests dating back to last season.

MU continues a stretch of four games against the MIAA Sunday, Nov. 29. Tipoff against Kalamazoo College is 4 p.m. inside KC's Anderson Athletic Center. Live statistics can be tracked via a link at www.muspartans.com … Coach Gerad Good's squad is 1-1 in the span versus the MIAA, defeating Olivet College in its home opener Nov. 18. The stretch concludes Dec. 30 at Trine … Through four games, Casteel and sophomore forward Enis Beciveric (Fort Wayne, Ind.) are noted on the league's statistical top five. Casteel's eight boards per game are fifth, and Beciveric's 70 percent accuracy from the field is third-best.