The Carthage College men's basketball team (3-5, 0-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) lost a tough game to No. 19 Calvin College (5-3), 75-73, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Carthage Classic II at Tarble Arena in Kenosha, Wis. Also on Saturday, Hope College (3-3) knocked off No. 43 Wheaton College (Ill., 5-3), 66-55. The tournament opened on Friday, Dec. 5 with Wheaton (Ill., 5-2) upsetting Calvin (4-3), 70-66, and Carthage losing to Hope by a 73-55 margin.
In the Red Men's loss to Calvin, Carthage, playing much better than the night before, jumped out to a 17-8 lead at 14:01 first half, but Calvin came right back to take a 20-19 lead at 9:41. The Red Men went back up by eight, 30-22, at 7:09, but the Knights led by two points at the break, 37-35. Calvin upped its lead to seven points early in the second half, 42-35, at 18:42, but Carthage came back to take a 46-45 lead at 13:40. The two teams traded the lead until the Knights took a 54-52 lead at 10:17 that held up until the Red Men took a 68-67 lead at 1:49 on a jumper by Donte Logan.
Carthage's last lead was 70-69 on a layup by Logan with 50 seconds left. Calvin's Jordan Brink answered with a long three-pointer at 35 seconds to put the Knights up by two, 72-70. Reese Herth missed on a three-point attempt with 30 seconds left. Tyler Dykstra rebounded for the KnIghts and was fouled my Mike Kastel at the other end of the court. Dykstra missed the first free throw but made the second for a three-point lead, 73-70 at 26 seconds. Mike Kjeldesn's three-pointer at 19 seconds tied the game, 73-73. Following a Carthage timeout, however, Brinks connected on a jumper with two seconds remaining to give Calvin a 75-73 edge. Donte Logan had a wild three-point attempt at the buzzer that missed.
Calvin shot a blistering 60 percent (27-45), including 71 percent in the second half (12-17) and a game-total of nine-of-15 three pointers. Carthage shot 48 percent (30-63), including eight-of-28 from three-point range. The Knights converted 12-of-15 free throws, while the Red Men were successful on just five-of-11 from the free-throw line. Calvin had a 30-26 rebounding edge.
Three Calvin player scored in double figures. Jordan Brink led the way with 26 points on nine-of-15 field goals, including three-of-six three-pointers, along with a perfect five-of-five free throws and six rebounds. Connor VanderBrug came off the bench t score 23 points, also on nine-of-15 shooting, and Tyler Dykstra chipped in 10 points and four assists.
Carthage's Mike Kjeldsen (So., Bloomingdale, Ill./Lombard-Glenbard East) scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 field goals, including five-of-13 from three-point range. Reese Herth (Sr., Morton Grove, Ill./Skokie-Niles West) scored 14 points on seven-of-17 shooting but zero-of-six three-pointers. Donte Logan (Sr., Evanston, Ill./Skokie-Niles West) also had 14 points on seven-of-10 field goals, along with seven assists.
"I can't quarrel with the effort or the execution," said coach Bosko Djurickovic. "We might be little snake-bit. We had opportunities at the end to make a play, but we just couldn't get it done. Having said that, what a good player Jordan Brinks is. He a dead three and spinning two to win that game, and those were both difficult shots. We competed very well all the way to end, and it's just a different outlook from yesterday. We got a good look from Reese Herth at the end, but the shot just didn't go in. We tweaked our angles on the screens to give Donte Logan a better look on a north-south angle, and I thought he played very well. Mike Kjeldsen still has some work to do on his game, but he's a bigger guard, he can shoot the ball, and he's a pretty good passer. He made some big shots this weekend."
"There was a time a few years ago," Djurickovic continued, "that I could tell you within one or two games what your record was going to be at the end of the season. With this team, I still can't tell. If we continue to get better, we have a chance to be a very competitive team in the CCIW. On the other hand, if we play like we did against Washington (Mo.) or Hope, we'll struggle to win any games."
Carthage is idle until Saturday, Dec. 20 when the Red Men play host to Lake Forest College in a 6 p.m. contest, also at Tarble Arena.