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Cornerstone University 87 Hope College 80
Cornerstone – Derek Kingshott (17 points)
Hope College – Nate Snuggerud (19 points)
Cornerstone – Omari Lewis (6 rebounds)
Hope College – Nate VanArendonk (7 rebounds)
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The Golden Eagles shot 47.5% from the field during the game compared to the Flying Dutchmen 57.4 shot percentage during the opening night of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic.
The 17th annual Hall of Fame Classic hosted by Hope College tipped off Friday night. Cornerstone traveled to Holland, Michigan, to face the Flying Dutchmen. Heading into the Classic, Cornerstone has been named Classic Champions three times with the most recent occurring in 2009. The Cornerstone men's basketball team opened up the Hall of Fame Classic, Friday night with a strong second half performance to take the 87-80 victory over Hope College.
During the first half, the score remained tight with seven ties and 14 lead changes. The biggest lead went to the hands of the Golden Eagles with 00:54 to play in the first half after a pair of free throws made by Shane Moreland to give Cornerstone the five point lead, 40-35. Hope's Billy Seiler chipped away at the lead with the final seconds winding down in the first half after a three point made with 40 seconds on the clock. The Golden Eagles went into the locker room with a 40-38 advantage.
Hope College came out firing in the first few minutes sinking five shots in the first five minutes to give the Flying Dutchmen a three point lead, 50-47, with 15:47 on the clock. Cornerstone used a strong second half surge to take the lead and hold onto the lead throughout the remainder of the game. The second half was highlighted by Wes Hudson's three point shot to give Cornerstone their biggest lead of nine with seven minutes remaining in the game. Hope chipped away at the lead finding themselves down by one point after back to back shots made by the Dutchmen with one minute remaining. Down the stretch clutch free throws were made by Cornerstone's Wes Hudson, Derek Kingshott, and Jake Plite to give the advantage to the Golden Eagles, 87-80.
After the night, Cornerstone improves to 4-1 overall and 1-1 during conference play as they prepare for the second day of the Hall of Fame Classic tomorrow against Calvin College. Hope College falls to 1-2 overall and 102-11 overall at the DeVoss Fieldhouse and will face Aquinas College tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
The Golden Eagles return to DeVos Fieldhouse to finish the 17th annual Classic tomorrow night, playing Calvin College. The contest marks a rematch of last season's matchup, which resulted in a 99-77 victory for Cornerstone. Tipoff for the return meeting is slated for 6 p.m.