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January 4, 2018 Sports News

While it wasn’t the result the Forester men’s basketball team was hoping for to kick off the new year, an 82-69 loss to #24 Taylor University (11-6, 2-3), HU fans left Platt Arena Wednesday night with an appreciation for their team’s persistence and never-say-die attitude.

Two buckets was all the offense Platt’s crew could muster through the opening seven minutes to dig themselves into a 23-4 hole. It would have been easy to toss in the towel at that point but Huntington wasn’t about to do that. While the Foresters weren’t able to make-up any ground the rest of the half, they did play even with their visitors for a 47-26 difference by the midway point.

Tyler Arens and Konner Platt carried the team offensively through the opening twenty minutes with each tossing in ten points to account for all but six of HU’s points.

After a quiet first half, Devon Merder opened up the second period with a driving layup to perk up the home crowd and send the message that there was still a lot of game to be played. Six minutes later the gap was back to 21, 63-42, but then began a slow and steady comeback.

Arens started things off by accounting for seven of his team’s next nine points which included an old-fashioned three-point play at the 10:46 mark that erased Taylor’s lead to 16 at 67-51. Merder and Trevor Lockwood then took a turn at putting the team on their backs by combining for 12 of HU’s next 14 points.

Merder dropped in a three on Huntington’s next possession and then 90 seconds later made his way down the lane to kiss one off the backboard as the shot clock expired. Merder would find the bottom of the net again but not before Lockwood converted his team’s second old-fashioned three-point play of the frame with just under seven minutes remaining.

The 6-8 senior went on to can a pair of free throws to reduce the lead to just two possessions at 71-65 with less than five minutes on the clock.

When all was said and done, it was a 23-8 run that spanned eight minutes. Unfortunately the grind to get back in the game took its toll on the hosts as they managed just four points the rest of the way to open the door for Taylor to extend their advantage back to double digits – mostly by way of the charity stripe which is where their last ten points came from.

Arens and Platt finished with 20 points apiece to pace HU. Merder scored all ten of his points in the second period. The 6-4 senior also pulled down a game-best nine rebounds, handed out four dimes and swiped two steals. Lockwood added nine points and posted two blocks.

Ryan Robinson came off the bench to top Taylor with 19 points, ten from the line in the waning minutes, while Evan Crowe and Vincent Miranda chipped in 14 each. James McCloud collected ten points to round out the Trojans’ double digit scoring.

The Foresters drop to 6-11 on the year, 2-3 in league play. Next up for Platt and crew is a trip to Spring Arbor on Saturday where they will tip-off against the #16 Cougars at 3:00 p.m.

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20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: David E. Alexander

Our very own, Dr. John Noble will deliver the annual Faculty Forester Lecture on April 24th. Don’t miss it! Chapel Credit is available. Here are the details: Lecturer: Dr. John Noble, Assistant Professor of Bible and Religion, Huntington University Title: “Hagar: A Paradigm of Retribution and Redemption for the Alien.” …

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.


Campus Update

20 Apr 2018

The Spring Board of Trustees will take place on April 19 – 20 in different locations on campus. Dr. Emberton will provide an update to the campus community on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Hiner Hall. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this session.

HU calendar events

20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Margaret Pasko

If you can’t remember the date of events on campus, you can always check the HU calendar at www.huntington.edu/events.

Senior Showcase – this Saturday

20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

What are you doing Saturday night? 7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Program will last about 50 minutes, followed by a reception for our seniors in the MCA lobby Presenting selections from great American plays and musicals: GYPSY, LUCKY STIFF, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, RABBIT HOLE, A STREETCAR …


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.

Sports News


20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team is adding a very special player to its roster by “adopting” two-year old cancer patient Teddy Nix as part of the national Friends of Jaclyn program. Teddy will be signing his HU Letter of Intent on Thursday, April 26, at 5:45PM at Forest Glen Park. The …


20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU softball team split its twin bill with the Cougars of Spring Arbor (17-21, 11-15) Thursday afternoon at Cougar Field. After suffering a 6-3 loss in the opener, the Foresters bounced back with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Gower’s crew split with SAU at home as well to …


19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team opened up its regular season series with #RV Taylor University (32-10, 12-5) Wednesday afternoon at Forest Glen with a 9-1 loss to the Trojans. The Foresters have struggled a bit as of late having lost four of its last six contests. Frame’s crew got off to …