The Cougars of Kuyper College did what others had failed to do for nearly four years as they halted the Tigers NCCAA II winning streak at 69 with a 78-67 victory at Kuyper Tuesday night. The Tigers had beaten the NCCAA II nationally ranked #10, #7, #6, #5, #4, and #3 teams, and #2 team (twice) all on the road earlier in the season but Kuyper was the one that got the job done. “They deserved to win,” said Coach Gary Bailey. “They outplayed us for 40 minutes. It shows the strength of our region. We showed we still have work to do. We will work at it. We will get it done.”
The Tigers played a solid defensive first half and led at the break, 31-25, but careless ball handling and poor shot selection in the first five minutes of the second half saw the Cougars take a lead they never relinquished. Kuyper built their lead to as much as 15 as Bailey nearly emptied his bench in disappointment with the way his upperclassmen were playing. Grace came back to within 6 points with about 4 minutes to play but turnovers and poor shot selection again stymied the comeback.
The Tigers don’t have long to lick their wounds as they are back in action at Great Lakes Christian College on Thursday in Lansing.