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Men's Basketball Drops Season Opener

Ben Reiter playing basketball.
Photo by Kimberly Moss

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo College men's basketball team tipped off its season Saturday afternoon with a 90-88 loss to Ripon College. 

The game was a tale of two halves as both teams shot better than 60 percent from the field in the first half and both dropping below 46% in the second half. 

Kalamazoo led 52-46 at the halftime break and held the lead throughout the first 20 minutes of play. 

Ripon obtained its first lead with 13:56 remaining in the game. The teams played to 13 lead changes following the 57-54 Ripon advantage as the Red Hawks held on to win by two. 

Kalamazoo shot 50 percent during the entire game and converted on 15 of 33 three-point attempts. 

Ben Reiter led the team with 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. 

Jeremiah Vincent added 19 points while Merritt Hamann scored 11 on 4-5 shooting. 

The Kalamazoo bench scored 32 of its 88 total points. 

The Hornets return to action on Friday, Nov. 15 at Manchester. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 9 p.m.