WINONA LAKE – An impressive second half saw the Grace College men’s basketball team win its second game in as many days, 76-43 over Andrews on Saturday.
Grace completed their home Crossroads Classic with two wins to start off the 2014-15 season.
Grace head coach Jim Kessler picked up win No. 701. He was honored with a commemorative basketball by athletic director Chad Briscoe before Saturday’s contest.
The Lancers used balanced production to coast past the Cardinals (0-2). Grace’s leading scorer Brandon Vanderhegghen had 13 points as five players reached double figures in scoring.
It took Grace 12 minutes of action to open up a double-digit lead in the first half. A late 3-pointer from Niko Read helped Grace claim a 32-22 advantage at halftime.
Grace continued to hold a small lead until blowing the game wide open midway into the second period. The Lancers rattled off 17 unanswered points and held Andrews scoreless for exactly 7:00 of action. When the dust had settled on Grace’s run, the Lancers led 64-33 on a steal and layup by Logan Irwin.
The exclamation points of the night came from a trio of 3-pointers by freshman Stephen Halstead and a slam dunk by senior Adrian Makolli.
Vanderhegghen’s team-high 13 points came with three treys, and Irwin had 10 points and seven assists. Halstead fired in 11 points in 7:40 off the bench, Kyle Fillman had 11 points and eight boards, and Erik Bowen chipped in 10 points.
Grace’s defense forced Andrews in 18 turnovers, scoring 19 points off those miscues. Grace’s offense amassed 22 assists on 30 made field goals. The Lancers’ bench starred with 42 points compared to 17 for the Cardinals.
The Lancers continue home play on Tuesday 7 p.m. against Lawrence Tech.