Defense leads No. 4 Hope over Trine

Defense leads No. 4 Hope over Trine

HOLLAND, Mich.-- A lockdown defense effort by No. 4 Hope paced the Flying Dutchmen to a 74-51 victory over Trine in MIAA-action Saturday night in DeVos Arena. 

Hope's defense forced the Thunder into a season-high 28 turnovers, which the Dutch turned into 30 points. Hope held Trine without a field goal for a span of 12:58 as it turned a two-point lead into a 20-point advantage. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) paced the Thunder with 16 points. Ben Gardner led four Dutchmen in double-figures with 16 points. The loss drops Trine to 12-3 overall, 2-2 in the MIAA. Hope improved to 13-2 overall, 3-1 in conference play.

Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) added 13 points for the Thunder. Trine shot 41.5 percent (17-of-41) overall, but hit just 8-of-24 (33 percent) in the first half.

Harrison Blackledge added 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Hope. Brock Benson added 11 points and seven boards. The Flying Dutchmen scored 17 second-chance points to zero for the Thunder. Hope shot 46 percent overall (26-of-56), including a 9-of-18 (50 percent) clip from deep.

Over the course of 12 minutes, the Flying Dutchmen turned a 19-17 lead into a 20-point advantage. Hope held Trine without a field goal for nearly 13 minutes in expanding its lead. A 6-0 run to close the first half sent the Dutch to the locker room up 25-17.

The 20-2 surge ended with Hope holding a 39-19 lead with 15 minutes to play. The Thunder would not seriously threaten the rest of the night. In addition to controlling the game on the defensive end, Hope shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field and knocked down 6-of-11 (55 percent) of its threes in the second half. 

Trine returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 23 when the Thunder host MIAA-leader Alma. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. 

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