HU men withstand late run to beat Grace

Huntington University point guard Mike Bush goes to the rim in front of several Grace defenders in the Foresters' 88-80 win last night, Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Platt Arena.
Huntington University point guard Mike Bush goes to the rim in front of several Grace defenders in the Foresters' 88-80 win last night, Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Platt Arena. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team withstood a late run by visiting Grace College to record an 88-80 win on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

After trailing by double digits for most of the game, the Lancers went on a 9-0 scoring spree with 3:17 to go that shrunk the Foresters’ lead down to just 83-80 with 1:33 remaining. Braxton Linville tallied four points for the visitors while Stephen Halstead and Charlie Warner both contributed three-pointers.

Huntington erased any notions of a Grace comeback, however, when junior Mason Coverstone drained a triple with 23 seconds remaining to give the hosts a two-possession lead. A pair of free throws by senior Devon Merder then brought the game’s scoring to a close.

With the win, the Foresters improve to 10-15, 6-7 in Crossroads League play. The Lancers fall to 10-15, 3-10 in conference.

Huntington was led by senior Mike Bush, who scored a game-high 22 points and dished out eight assists. Senior Trevor Lockwood and sophomore Konner Platt both netted 16 points while Coverstone finished with 13.

Lockwood also grabbed seven rebounds for the Foresters, who got edged on the glass, 33-32.

Coach Ty Platt’s squad got off to a fast start, scoring the game’s first 18 points. The hosts went into the half with a 50-35 cushion and led by as many as 18 points in the second stanza before Grace made its late push.

Huntington went 36 for 64 from the field for 56.3 percent and 10 for 12 at the foul line for 83.3 percent.

The Lancers were paced by Matt Jennings, who totaled 16 points, and Jaret Sons, who tossed in 15.

Grace converted 31 of 66 field goal attempts for 47 percent and 12 of 13 free throw opportunities for 92.3 percent.