Foresters lose lead late, game in overtime to Missouri Baptist

After having the upper hand on Missouri Baptist University for most of the game, the Huntington University men's basketball team watched the Spartans force overtime with clutch shooting, and then win the game, 78-73, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Winona Lake in the Grace College Classic.

Huntington ripped the nets for a 15 of 24, 62.5 percent shooting performance in the first half on the way to taking a 38-31 halftime lead. The Foresters led throughout the second half and were guarding a six-point lead with 3:28 remaining when Kalvin Lewis drained a pair of shots from beyond the arc to knot things up for Missouri Baptist, 64-64. Ryan Boester hit a clutch three of his own with 1:36 remaining to help Huntington retake the lead, but three free throws by Matt Holmes sent the game into overtime.

Once there, the teams battled back and forth, but five points unanswered points by Holmes and Lewis in the final two minutes sealed things for the Spartans.

The Foresters, 3-3, spread the ball around on offense, with five players scoring in double figures. Shane Merryman and T.J. Short led the team with 13 points apiece. Alec Peterson recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points to go with 11 rebounds, and Tyler Ault and Boester added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Lewis led all scorers with 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Adrian Kuyinu contributed 18 points to Missouri Baptist's cause and Holmes added 11.

Huntington topped Missouri Baptist in shooting percentage, 50.9 to 47.5, but the Spartans made up for it in free throw percentage, hitting 76.5 percent to 55.6 for the Foresters. HU hit 28 of 55 shots from the field and 10 of 18 from the free-throw line, while Missouri Baptist hit 29 of 61 from the field and 13 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Stephen Jones added eight assists to the Forester cause.