Flying Dutchmen soaring to the glass for easy rebounds.
That’s the story behind Hope College’s 88-74 win over the Grace Tigers in a matchup of two of West Michigan’s powerhouse programs on Tuesday night.
Jason Beckman scored a season-high 29 points and Teddy Ray added a career-high 16 points to lead the Flying Dutchmen (3-2).
Grace (6-8) took charge early on in the game and held an 18-15 advantage over the first 12 minutes. But Hope went on a 28-12 run to end the half with a 43-33 lead.
In the second half, the Tigers cut the lead to five points with 15 minutes left but saw the Flying Dutchmen score 30 points over the next eight minutes.
Grace had trouble getting the ball. Hope won the rebound battle, 45-27, including 18 on the offensive end that led to 14 second-chance points. Grace also had trouble hanging on to it when they had possession, their 24 turnovers led to 19 Hope points.
The Grace bench could take solace outscoring their counterpart 31-20 if it weren’t for the 68-43 advantage the Hope starters had in the scoring column.
Sophomore Brandon Winchester-Jones scored 19 points to lead the Tigers and junior Ethan Kafila tossed in 16.
Dante Hawkins (16) and Riley Lewis (11) also scored in double figures for the Flying Dutchmen. Ray also matched his career-high with three blocks.
The Tigers returning home on December 19 against Madonna University (NAIA DII), their first home game since on October 24.