HU men beat Bethel in 'tale of two halves'

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Mike Bush

It was a tale of two halves for the Huntington University men’s basketball team, as it trailed for much of the opening stanza before taking charge in the second to triumph over host Bethel College, 95-90.

Down by as many 12 points in the first half, the Foresters narrowed the No. 15 Pilots’ lead to just two points by halftime, 49-47. The second stanza saw Coach Ty Platt’s squad take the lead at the 17:10 mark, 56-53, and never relinquish it. While Huntington led by as many as 11 points in the half, Bethel hung around, managing to whittle the deficit down to just two points, 92-90, with 18 seconds remaining. The Foresters, though, proceeded to drain three of four free throws to protect their lead and exit Gates Gymnasium with the victory.

Huntington, 9-14, 5-6 in Crossroads League play, was led by senior Mike Bush, who scored 32 points and dished out nine assists. Sophomore Konner Platt contributed 19 points to the visitors’ cause while senior Kyle Platt chipped in 13 off the Foresters' bench.

The elder Platt also grabbed a team-high six rebounds to help Huntington match the Pilots on the boards, 32-32.

The Foresters hit 30 of 57 shots from the field for 52.6 percent and 20 of 28 free throw attempts for 71.4 percent.

Bethel, 17-6, 6-5 in league action, got 36 points from Gage Ott. Tanner Shepherd and Luke Fisher added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Pilots converted 35 of 65 field goal attempts for 53.8 percent, which included a lackluster 2 for 17 showing from beyond the arc. The hosts added 18 points in 23 opportunities at the charity stripe for 78.3 percent.