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December 4, 2017 Sports News

Up against one of the nation’s best, the HU men’s basketball team made it clear from opening tip that they weren’t about to back down as they knocked off #4 Indiana Wesleyan 87-84 Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.

With this win, the Foresters improve to 5-6 overall, 1-2 in league play. The loss is the Wildcats’ first in conference play as they drop to 8-2 overall, 2-1 in the league. Huntington has trumped IWU two out of the last three times these neighborly foes have gone head-to-head.

The first half favored the Wildcats as they opened up a ten-point lead, 25-15, midway through the period. IWU boasts a high-octane offense, averaging over 91 points a contest, so they were well on their way to their season average but the Foresters had other plans.

The lead remained at ten 90 seconds later but a credit to HU’s defense, the Wildcats managed just four points over the next two-and-a-half minutes which was just enough time for the Foresters to get right back in it. Devon Merder and Jaden Sutton each swiped a steal and scored to lead the defensive charge as the scoreboard read 29-25 with six minutes remaining on the way to a 39-34 difference by intermission.

Just like the first half, the first ten minutes of the second half saw the visitors open up a lead that could have been devastating as the gap extended to nine, 61-52. Instead, Platt and crew came roaring back with another two-and-a-half minute defensive stand. This time around, HU rattled off nine straight points highlighted by Merder’s rare four-point play to force the first deadlock since early in the contest at 61-61.

The Wildcats would enjoy one more brief advantage before, as they say, “the rest was history.” An acrobatic layup with the shot clock winding down and a long ball on the next possession, both by Mike Bush, gave the Foresters a lead that would stick at 66-63 with just over six minutes to go.

Bush and Arens handled the bulk of Huntington’s scoring after that as they accounted for all but four of their team’s final 21 points but it was Konner Platt who iced the game when he drained a pair of freebies with 15 ticks remaining as IWU’s Hail Mary three clanked off the front of the rim.

The Foresters shot 44.6 percent from the floor (25-for-56) but it was their performance at the charity stripe that earned them the upset. HU converted 32 of their 40 free throws for 80.0 percent to outscore the Wildcats by 19 at the line.

While IWU out-muscled Huntington on the glass, 40-30, Platt’s crew committed half as many miscues, eight, to their visitors’ 16.

Bush led all scorers with 25 points which included going 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Arens finished with 16 points and a game-best eight rebounds. Platt also tossed in 16 points while Merder dropped in 13.

Kyle Mangas topped the Wildcats with 19 points. Evan Maxwell added 17. Canaan Coffey and Grant Smith both came off the bench to tally 11 and ten points respectively.

Huntington hits the road on Tuesday to take on Grace College at 7:00 p.m.

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Senior Showcase – This Saturday

19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. Saturday, April 21. ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Presenting selections from great American plays and musicals: GYPSY, LUCKY STIFF, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, RABBIT HOLE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and more!

Senior Showcase – this Saturday

18 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

Don’t miss the Theatre Department’s Senior Showcase this Saturday, April 21 at 7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. Admission is FREE!!! Come support our graduating seniors as we celebrate their work over the years.


17 Apr 2018 | Posted By: David E. Alexander

Dear Colleagues, Please be sure to attend our next Forester Lecture. It is the annual Faculty Forester Lecture. Don’t forget to tell your students and do everything within your power (and beyond) to encourage them to come. Chapel Credit is available Here are details: Lecturer: Dr. John Noble, Assistant Professor …


Christiana in Top 12!

19 Apr 2018

In case you missed it, last night Coach Alicia Keys saved Christiana Danielle, which means HU’s own Christiana Danielle is in Top 12 Finalists for NBC’s The Voice! Make sure you watch The Voice on Monday, April 23 at 8pm on NBC to watch her, cheer for her, and VOTE …

“I am Jane Doe” a movie about child sex trade – – Students receive chapel credit

19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Dr. Carla MacDonald

“I am Jane Doe”, Monday, May 7, 2018, Longacker Recital Hall, 4 – 6 pm. Receive chapel credit!!! “I Am Jane Doe” follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads. This documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers as they …

Commencement Volunteers

19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Cathy Trout

We’re looking for 5-6 staff volunteers to help usher at Commencement on Saturday, May 19. Duties include being helpful and friendly, and ensuring our guests enjoy the day. The time commitment is from 12:45 p.m. until Commencement is over at approximately 4:30 p.m. If you are interested, please email Cathy …


Expressions of Thanks

27 Feb 2018 | Posted By: Greg Smitley

Thank you for the flowers, cards, personal visits, thoughts and prayers for our family over the loss of my beloved father, Charles Smitley Your generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness have been a great encouragement. “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing…” Prov. 10:7

Princess and Superhero Academy

1 Feb 2018 | Posted By: Melanie Park

If you know a child who would love to be a princess or superhero for an afternoon, be sure to check out this fund raiser being sponsored by the Viking Volume show choir at Huntington North High School. See the flyer for more details including information for online registration.

Thanks for Your Expressions of Sympathy

18 Dec 2017 | Posted By: Karen Jones

I was sincerely blessed by the flowers, cards, and personal messages shared by the Huntington family after the loss of my father. Your actions reminded me of the importance of community and friendship during times of grief and crisis. Thank you for your expressions of love and sympathy.

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