ALBION, Mich. – Albion College Head Men's Basketball Coach Jody May presented his team with two commandments prior to its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association matchup against Calvin University.
- Don't foul Derrick DeVries
- Don't let one of the other Knights have a big night
Albion mastered the game plan and it rolled to a 93-62 victory on the opening night of league play inside Kresge Gymnasium.
DeVries knocked down a 3-point basket on Calvin's first possession, but the Knights held the lead for just 37 seconds. DeVries was held to 14 points, his second-lowest total this season. He received support from Alex Bos, who led the Knights with 23.
Justin McAbee came off the bench to knock down a pair of 3-point baskets as Albion extended the margin to 21-11 midway through the first half.
Albion led 49-27 at halftime and it only got better as Ebeling threw down a dunk on the first possession of the second half.
- Ebeling finished with 26 points, his fourth with at least 20 points this season. He scored on 9-of-13 shots from the field and 8-of-12 from the line.
- Davis added 18 points, his second-most in a game this season. He stuffed the box score with five rebounds and five assists.
- Quinton Armstrong completed his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Senior Alex Warman played six minutes in the second half and he contributed a career-high eight points.
- McAbee matched his career-high with eight points.
- Albion shot 54 percent (37-of-68) for the game, its second-best performance of the season.
- Prior to Wednesday, Albion had never beaten Calvin by more than 10 since May took over as head coach in 2009.
Albion, winners of four in a row, will take its 10-2 record to Holland, Mich., on Saturday for a 3 o'clock MIAA game against Hope College.
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Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality at Albion College. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated competition facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.
The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org