#6 Cornerstone University 76 Hope College 80
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cornerstone - Wes Hudson (24 points)
Hope - Peter Bunn (26 points)
Cornerstone - Justin Pepper (6 rebounds)
Hope - Peter Bunn - (8 rebounds)
Cornerstone- Wes Hudson (3 assists)
Hope - Peter Bunn (3 assists)
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 43.9% while Hope shot 54.7% for the game. Hope's bench outscored Cornerstone's bench 38-10.
The Golden Eagles went down early but kept the game close for most of the first half. Cornerstone tied the game at 21-21 with 8:05 on the clock and took the lead at 28-27 with 5:05 left in the half. Hope would respond with a 15-5 run to finish the half up 42-33. Hope would increase their lead to 13 on a couple of occasions in the 2nd half the last of which came at 8:32 with a score of 70-57. Cornerstone made an 14-2 run to bring the score to 71-72 with 3:38. The Golden Eagles had a chance to take the lead on the next possession but failed to convert on a lay-up. Cornerstone couldn't convert down the stretch and Hope finished with an 80-76 win.
The Golden Eagles will return to action on Wednesday when they open WHAC play by hosting University of Northwest Ohio as part of a double header with the women's team. The men will tip off at 7:30 p.m.