Struggling HU men lose to Marian

The absence of leading scorer Tyler Arens certainly didn’t help the struggling Huntington University men’s basketball team as it fell to visiting Marian, 69-56, on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The eighth consecutive loss for Coach Ty Platt’s squad brings its mark for the season to 6-14 overall, 2-6 in Crossroads League play.

HU was led by center Trevor Lockwood with a game-high 20 points, and guard Konner Platt added 12.

Neither team shot well from the field, but Marian, 14-6 overall, pulled away from the Foresters in the second half after HU battled to stay within three points at 31-28 at the half.

HU hit only 22 of 60 field goal tries for 36.7 percent, including a woeful 3 of 17, 17.6 percent mark from beyond the arc. The Foresters hit 9 of 12 from the free-throw line for 75 percent.

Marian connected on 27 of 72 shots from the field for 37.5 percent and made 8 of 11 free throw tires for 72.7 percent.

Marian, which entered the contest as the ninth most prolific offense in the nation at 92 points per game, got 19 points and 13 rebounds from its center, Reggie Kissoonlal. He received help from Wes Stowers with 16 points and Sterling Brown added 10.

Devon Merder corralled 12 rebounds to lead HU off the glass, but Marian won that battle as well, 53-35.

Merder also had a team-best four assists.