On Saturday afternoon, the Alma College Men's Basketball team hit the road to take on #3 Hope College in Holland. The Scots dropped a 104-77 decision and now have a league record of 2-6 and an overall mark of 6-13, while the Flying Dutchmen improved to 8-0 in the MIAA and 18-1 for 2011-2012.
"We really gave a better effort today than the last time we played Hope, but they are number three in the country for a reason," said Scots Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "I've seen many Hope teams over the years and played against two of their best. This team has all the pieces for a deep NCAA run. Not only are they talented, they are extremely unselfish."
The Alma and Hope coaching staffs show a sign of solidarity in the coaches versus cancer initiative before Saturday's game
The visiting Scots knew they were in for an uphill climb against one the best team's in the country, but that did not deter them from playing a very spirited first half that was close for most of the 20 minutes. When So. F Sam Clancy (Port Austin, Mich./North Huron) hit a lay-up at the 6:36 mark, Alma trailed by just five at 28-23. However, Hope would outscore the visitors by a margin of 19-11 the rest of the half to take a 47-34 lead into the break.
However, the second half saw the home team take control and come away with the league win. For the Scots, Sr. F Tommy Erickson (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) led the way with 18 points and added six rebounds, while Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./CC-Crystal) finished with 12 points, including four three-pointers.
Alma will host Trine University on Wednesday at Art Smith Arena, beginning at 8:00 p.m.