KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo College men's basketball team defeated Olivet 108-103 for the Hornets' first MIAA win of the season.
Kalamazoo trailed by as many as 11 points (40-29) late in the first half before going into the break down five (46-41).
The Hornets quickly evened the score up at 48-48 less than two minutes into the second half before taking a 51-48 lead with 17:31 left to play. The Hornets extended the lead to 15 (88-73) with 7:20 left to play. Kalamazoo led by 10 (105-95) with 1:18 remaining and held off Olivet's final push at the end.
After a slow start shooting in the first half, Kalamazoo finished the game with a season-best 52.1 percent overall and a season-best 52.9 percent from 3-point range with a school-record 18 3-pointers. Olivet shot 49.4 percent overall and 36 percent from 3-point range while also sinking 18-of-22 free throws. Kalamazoo made just 16-of-30 free throws. The Comets also held a 47-35 advantage in rebounds.
Ben Reiter scored a career-high 32 points with eight rebounds while sinking 7-of-9 3-pointers to tie the school record for 3's in a game.
Tanner Blyly scored 23 points with nine assists becoming Kalamazoo's career record holder in assists with 262, surpassing Dirk Rhinehart's 261 from 1999-2003.
Kalamazoo is back in action Saturday, Jan. 18 at Albion.