Ravens blindside Calvin in opener

Wed, 2011-11-16 11:28 -- univcomm
November 16, 2011
The season couldn’t have started any better for the Anderson Universitymen’s basketball team. The Ravens got off to a rousing start Tuesday night and never cooled down with a decisive 73-60 win over visiting Calvin College. mens-bball“What a great way to start the season,” AU coach Tom Slyder said. “That’s a really good team, they’ll probably win 18 or 19 games this season.” [Photo on left: Andrew Bowman takes a shot from the foul lane during the first half of the Ravens home game against Calvin College.] Slyder was mildly surprised by his team’s performance, given what he said were lackluster practices prior to Tuesday’s season opener. “We have not been preparing very well at all,” he said. “But give our team credit. When the ball went up tonight they were ready to play.” Andrew Bowman got the Ravens going early, scoring the team’s first seven points as they opened up a 7-2 lead. After a lull, Bowman jump-started AU again, hitting layups on back-to-back possessions and throwing in a jumper to make it 17-9 AU near the 12-minute mark of the first half. Calvin responded, with a Brian Powell layup and two free throws by Tom Snikkers making the score 17-11, but that was as close as the visitors got. Anderson expanded its lead with an 11-0 run in the next three minutes. A 3-pointer from Brock Morrison gave AU a 30-16 margin, which ballooned to 39-20 in the closing minutes of the half. Slyder suspected the Knights would make a run in the second half. “All good teams are going to rally,” he said. “I told the guys that. Fortunately we were able to stay aggressive on defense without fouling. We managed to get some high percentage shots and kept on top of things.”

Calvin did make a short run in the second half, pulling to within 10 points at 50-40 with five minutes passed in the second half.

However, the Ravens were never truly in danger, as Justin Reed’s layup was followed by a Calvin turnover and a 3 from Bowman to get the lead back to 15.

“I think that’s probably the best game Andrew has ever played in his time here,” Slyder said. “He and (Morrison) are our cornerstones, and both of those guys stepped up big tonight.”

Bowman finished with a sparking 11-for-16 effort from the floor for 24 points to lead all scorers and also managed eight rebounds and four steals. Morrison and starting point guard Jason Riley each had 13.

Justin Reed scored 10 to join his teammates in double figures.

Calvin was led by Powell with 14 points.

Slyder couldn’t find too much wrong with his team’s performance but hoped the Tuesday night showing was a sign of greater things to come.

“I told the guys if they can play like this, then only imagine how good they can be with good preparation and practice,” he said. “I think this is a great indicator of what kind of team we can have.”

—Michael D. Doyle is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Photo credit: David Humphrey. Story republished with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.