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The Golden Eagles shot 42.9% from the field during the game compared to the Flying Dutchman's 41.5% shot percentage during Saturday night at Calvin College. Cornerstone was led by Jake Plite's 19 points and eight rebounds while Ben Gardner from Hope College added 17 points.
During the second day of the Hall of Fame Classic, Saturday night featured the Golden Eagles and the Flying Dutchman of Hope College. For the Classic, Cornerstone entered the night after winning their first game during day one of the Classic. The 6 p.m. contest would help the Golden Eagles become the only team this weekend to win both games. The matched proved to be a tough battle with Cornerstone edging Hope, 79-73. With the win, Cornerstone claimed the undefeated weekend during the 18th annual Hall of Fame Classic.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early seven point lead with 13:43 to play on the clock. However, Hope chipped away at the lead and took the lead, 26-25, after a two point shot made by Alex Eidson from Hope College. The score would go back and forth throughout the remainder of the first half with Cornerstone taking the two point advantage into the locker room after Ty Mason converted on two free throw shots, 40-38.
During the second half, Cornerstone grabbed an early seven point lead again after a 7-2 surge. The Golden Eagles would eventually pull ahead by 13 points with seven minutes remaining. Hope would try to chip away at the CU lead but would only pull within five points with 24 seconds remaining after a three point made by Hope's Ben Gardner. Cornerstone's Ben Lanning would seal the six-point victory after sinking a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
After the victory, Cornerstone advances to 7-2 overall while Hope falls to 1-3 overall during the 2013-2014 campaign. Cornerstone's Wes Hudson, Ben Lanning and Jake Plite received All-Tournament honors for the weekend. Hudson was also honored as the tournament MVP.
The Golden Eagles will return to WHAC play when they travel to Southfield, Mich., to face Lawrence Tech. The game will be on Wednesday, December 4, with a 7:30 p.m. tip off. Last year the two teams met twice with the Golden Eagles winning both contests.