February 23, 2013The Cougars lost a tough, well fought game, 90-79, to Northland International University I the championship of the NCCAA II Mid West Region Tournament. This back and forth game featured several lead changes, with Northland ultimately taking control in the final minutes. Kuyper put six players in double digit scoring, led by senior Omar Haynes with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Junior Sal Hermiz scored 14 points on 6-8 shooting and senior Alex Rogers scored 13 along with 4 assists. Junior Mike Kragt played well with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Andy DeKam also hit double figures with 10 points and freshman CJ Bussey stepped up with his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds (team-high). The Cougars finished second in the Mid West Region and now hope to receive an at-large bid to the NCCAA II National Championship in Springfield, Missouri.
February 2, 2013On February 2, the Kuyper College Cougars won their third straight game this past week, defeating the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University 71-63. The teams were locked up in a tight game throughout as the lead changed hands several times until Kuyper went on a 12-2 run late in the game to take a 10 point lead at 67-57 – strong plays were led by Omar Haynes and Audel Bewley in the paint. The Cougars achieved great balance as five players reached double figures: Bewley and Sal Hermiz with 15, CJ Bussey with 13, and Haynes and Alex Rogers with 12 points each. Haynes and Bewley both reached double digits in rebounds – 14 and 12 respectively – while Hermiz dished out 7 assists.Kuyper Men vs. Valley Forge Christian College
January 31, 2013The Kuyper College Cougars came back from an 18 point deficit to defeat the #2 ranked Valley Forge Christian College Patriots. After trailing by 4 points at the half, Kuyper started the second half by falling into an 18 point hole with the Patriots leadings 54-36. The Cougars were able to regain composure and finished the game on a 41-18 run over the final 10 minutes, sparked by freshman CJ Bussey’s 11 points off the bench. Kuyper received strong play in the post by sophomore Audel Bewley, scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Omar Haynes with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Sal Hermiz led all scorers with 25 points and 7 assists. Senior Alex Rogers also chipped in with 10 points and 3 assists. With this win, the Cougars remain undefeated at home (8-0) and move to a record of 12-11 on the season. Kuyper has a short rest before playing Midwest Region opponent Lincoln Christian University this Saturday, February 2, in Lincoln, Illinois.
January 15, 2013The Kuyper College Cougars pulled another close game on January 15, winning 52-51 over the Andrews University Cardinals. Kuyper received a complete team effort, each player contributing in a different way. Leading the scoring were seniors Omar Haynes and Alex Rogers with 14 and 13 points respectively. Sophomore Audel Bewley contributed with 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. The Cougars continue their three-game home stand this Friday, January 18, against Midwest Region opponent Lincoln Christian University at 7 pm.
On January 4, the Kuyper College Men’s Basketball team traveled to Silver Lake College in Wisconsin and cruised to a 102-74 victory with six Cougars reaching double figures. Leading the way was Sal Hermiz with 19 points, Alex Rogers with 18, Omar Haynes with 16, T.J. Hurtman with 14, Audel Bewley with 11, and C.J. Bussey with 10. Bewley made his figures a double-double as he also hauled down 10 rebounds. Hermiz did the same, dishing out 10 assists. The Cougars started out the game hot, never letting up as they shot 56% from the floor and 10/18 from beyond the arc. Kuyper will return home on January 12 to face Great Lakes Christian College in a 3 pm tilt.
December 1, 2012 On December 1, the Kuyper College Women’s Basketball team played a great game against Moody Bible Institute. Latoria Pope started things off, hitting two 3 point shots. From there, the team’s shots fell. Even so, Marissa Foster achieved team high of 8 for rebounds and three players reached double figures: Caitlyn Ouwinga with 18, Kaitlynn Rosier with 15, and Latoria Pope with 16. The ladies didn’t finish the game with a win, but it demonstrated improvement.
November 10, 2012
Saturday, November 10 opened the 2012-2013 season for the Kuyper College Women’s Basketball team. The Cougars started off with senior Caitlyn Ouwinga hitting a 3 point shot after trading baskets with opponent Marygrove College while Kaitlyn Rosier made a lay-up, giving the team their first lead in the game. Marygrove finished the first half going on a 10-0 run. In the second half, the Cougars were not able to gain momentum in their offense, scoring only 18 points. However, two players finished in double digits – Kaitlyn Rosier with 12 and Latoria Pope with 11 – and Caitlyn Ouwinga finished with 8 points and 13 rebounds, 2 points shy of a double-double. The Women’s Basketball team will next go against Great Lakes Christian College for the home-opener on Tuesday, November 13.
November 1 - November 2, 2012
In a tournament at Goshen College on November 1 and 2, the Kuyper College Men’s Basketball lost to NAIA ranked Goshen College and Calumet College. On Thursday, Goshen’s talented ranked team took the win over Kuyper 101-68. Though Kuyper fought hard, Goshen’s balance, size, and speed were too much for Kuyper to overcome. Bright spots for the Cougars include Andy DeKam’s 20 points and Omar Haynes’ added 18 points.On Friday, the Cougars hung in against a taller Calumet team, getting within 4 points of a win in the second half, but fell in the end 83-64. Even so, Kuyper was able to put two players into double figures: Andy DeKam with 19 and Mike Kragt with 10. Omar Haynes led the Cougars on defense with 8 boards.
October 30, 2012The Kuyper College Men’s Basketball team opened their 2012-2013 season with an impressive 65-50 win over NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) foe Lawrence Tech University from Detroit. The Cougars put four players into double figures: senior Omar Haynes led the way with a double double (15 points, 11 rebounds) followed by guards Andy DeKam and Alex Rogers, each with 14 points, and CJ Bussey with 10 points. By halftime, the Cougars had a slight 5 point lead. The game’s intensity increased in the second half as the Cougars upped the lead to 15. 13 of those 15 points were scored by Omar Haynes, including a spectacular alley-oop dunk. Audel Bewley contributed 11 rebounds to aid the Cougar defensive effort. To cement the win, Kuyper shot 55% from the 3 point range.
February 25, 2012
After back-to-back victories over previously NCCAA undefeated National Champions Grace Bible College, the Kuyper Cougars men’s basketball team has been ranked #1 nationally in the NCCAA Division II Coaches poll.
January 24, 2012
On January 24th The NCCAA Kuyper Cougars men’s basketball team beat defending national champion and number 1 ranked team in the nation, Grace Bible College, 78-67. On Tuesday, February 6, they did it again, this time on Grace’s home court in front of a standing room only crowd.For a Grand Rapids Press Feature Photographs click here.
January 15, 2012
Kuyper College junior forward Brock Orlowski hadn’t planned on being part of the men’s basketball team after leaving in late August to study in Israel for a semester. He still hadn’t touched a basketball until he returned home from the Middle East earlier this month.Read More
January 25, 2012The NCCAA number 4 nationally ranked Kuyper Cougars men’s basketball team beat defending national champion and number 1 ranked team in the nation, Grace Bible College, 78-67. This ended Grace’s 69 game consecutive win streak against NCCAA teams. Grace had not lost a game since 2008. With this victory in their home court, the Cougars win the Cross-Town Cup Trophy and secure the number 1 seed for the playoffs in the NCCAA Midwest region. The Cougars trailed by 6 points at the half—31-25, but exploded in the 2nd half , outscoring Grace 53-36 behind the shooting of guard Andy DeKam and forward Omar Haynes who each hit for 22 points, with Haynes adding 10 rebounds. Kuyper shot a blistering 58% (18/31) in the 2nd half to take the lead and win going away. The Kuyper defense held Grace Bible to just 36% shooting from the floor.For a Grand Rapids Press Feature Story With Photographs click here!
January 31, 2012The NCCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches Top 5 poll was released on Tuesday, January 31. The Kuyper Cougars men’s basketball team is ranked 3rd in the nation!
The Kuyper Cougars opened their 2011-12 season with a thrilling 60-58 win over the Gray Wolves of Lourdes College from Toledo, Oh. The Cougars were in a nip and tuck game throughout and went for a last second shot with the score tied at 58 when Alex Rogers drove the lane and was fouled with 3 seconds to play and calmly sank 2 free throws for the win. Andy DeKam led the Cougars with 18 pts including 4/5 from 3 pt. range, while Alex Rogers added 10 pts. Greg Brewer and Montay Lee led the defensive charge with 9 Rebounds each. The Kuyper Cougars were very good from the free throw line as they sank 17/21 for 81%. Kuyper survived 6 lead changes and 10 ties in the contest.