Late FT marksmanship helps Foresters top MVNU

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Konner Platt

Late free throw shooting pushed the Huntington University men’s basketball team past host Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 87-83, on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Leading the Cougars by just two points, 80-78, with 1:49 left the game, the Foresters proceeded to hit 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch to protect their lead. The final 24 seconds alone saw sophomore Konner Platt sink 3 of 4 freebies while senior Mike Bush went 2 of 2 to help Huntington exit Ariel Arena with the win.

The Foresters, 8-14, 4-6 in the Crossroads League, were led by Platt, who finished with a season-high 29 points. Senior Trevor Lockwood also had a day to remember, as he matched his career-best scoring mark with a 21-point showing. Freshman Zac Owens rounded out the team’s double-digit scorers with a 16-point effort.

Huntington trailed Mount Vernon by as many as eight points in the opening half, but managed to knot the game at 38-38 heading into the break. The league rivals then played a tight second stanza, with neither squad leading by more than six points.

The Foresters went 31 of 59 from the field for 52.5 percent and finished 18 of 22 at the foul line for 81.8 percent.

Mount Vernon, 14-8, 6-4 in conference, got 24 points from Jevon Knox and 17 apiece from Jeremiah Roberts and Brett Vipperman.

The Cougars converted 35 of 72 field goal attempts for 48.6 percent. They visited the charity stripe infrequently, hitting 4 of 7 tries there for 57.1 percent.

Jordi Mas corralled 10 rebounds for Mount Vernon while Lockwood grabbed eight for Huntington as the two teams deadlocked on the glass, 32-32.