Nationally-Ranked Hope Pulls Away from Men's Basketball in the Second Half, 82-62

Andrew Landini scored a career-high eight points at home tonight versus Hope. (Photo by Mike Dickie)
Andrew Landini scored a career-high eight points at home tonight versus Hope. (Photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Hope College held on to a slim 34-33 halftime lead over Adrian College, but outscored the Bulldogs, 48-29, in the second half en route to an 82-62 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's basketball win on Saturday.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Hope 82, Adrian 62 

Location: Adrian, Mich.; Merillat Sport & Fitness Center

Records: Hope Flying Dutchmen 19-4 overall, 12-0 MIAA ; Adrian Bulldogs 7-16 overall, 1-11 MIAA

National Rankings: Hope is No. 21 by D3hoops.com in NCAA Division III

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Justin Webster was on fire from the floor by connecting on 8 of 10 field goal attempts while making all six of his free throws. He also had three rebounds and two assists.

= Freshman Keyon Rainey added 14 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

= Sophomore Andrew Landini chipped in eight points, which is a career-best at home.

= Senior Anthony Cannon (6 points) and sophomore Isiah Crofford (2) tied Rainey for the team lead with four rebounds.

= Freshman Ke'Shaun Wyatt-Morris tied Cannon and Rainey with a squad-high three assists.

THE OPPOSITION
= Harrison Blackledge led the Flying Dutchmen with 21 points and a game-high seven rebounds. He was 7-for-11 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free throw stripe.

Dante Hawkins contributed 16 points and seven assists.

= Chad Carlson (6 points) had half of his team's six steals, plus he dished six assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Hope shot 54.8 percent from the field (17-31) in the second half, when it held Adrian to a .375 percentage (9-24).

= Adrian darted to a 22-13 lead with 8 minutes and 37 seconds remaining in the first half. Webster and Rainey keyed the quick start with six and five points, respectively.

= Hope, however, ended the half on a 21-11 run to go up at the intermission, 34-33. Hawkins was instrumental in the rally as he scored 10 points, including a layup and three-pointer to ignite it.

= Another Hawkins 3ball at the 2:12 mark put the Flying Dutchmen ahead for good, 31-30.

= Hope started the second half on an 8-0 run (29-11 total, going back to the last 8:37 of the first) to take control, 42-33. The visitors did not trail in the final 20 minutes.

= Adrian couldn't get the deficit within single digits for the final 15:47.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Webster has scored in double-digits in his last 16 outings.

= Today's 15 assists for the Bulldogs are a season high.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host Calvin for Senior Night on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.). Live stats Audio l Video TBA

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