Foresters done in by IWU gunners in MCC semifinal

The Huntington University men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome host Indiana Wesleyan University drilling 17 of its first 19 shots from the field and lost in the Mid-Central College Conference semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 28, 88-80.

The Wildcats, 27-5, showed HU why they are ranked sixth in NAIA Division II as they came out of the gate with guns blazing. They wound up hitting 21 of 27 shots for a blazing 77.8 percent in the opening half, and held a comfortable 46-30 lead at the break.

HU, 20-12, hit a solid 30 of 65 from the field for 46.2 percent, and didn’t exactly hand the game to IWU. The Foresters,who had five players score in double figures, got within 77-71 with just under two minutes to play.

Having to foul at that point, HU watched Wesleyan hit 9 of 10 free throws to wrap up the win.

HU was led by Kyle Benge with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Luke Smith had 16 points, Kellen Zawadzki had 13 off the bench and Tyler Shively and sub Caleb Kennedy each had 10.

IWU, which finished at 31 of 54, 57.4 percent for the contest, had six players reach double figures, led by guard Anotonio Murrell with 23 points. Sub Will Hubertz added 17, Landon Adler and Zach Coverstone had 12 each and Jon Moon and Derrick Troyer scored 11 apiece.

Murrell hit 7 of 11 shots form the field and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe.

Kevin Kyle led the HU rebounding efforts with eight boards. IWU, which had a 37-30 board advantage was led by Adler with 12.

IWU will meet No. 3 ranked Bethel, 29-3, in the MCC championship contest on Tuesday, March 3.

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington University
Alex Nafzinger 2-2 0-0 1-1 5 6 0 1
Kevin Kyle 2-13 0-0 3-6 7 8 0 2
Tyler Shivley 4-9 1-5 1-2 10 1 1 3
Kyle Benge 8-15 2-3 1-1 19 7 4 1
Luke Smith 5-9 2-5 4-7 16 1 1 4
Kellen Zawadzki 4-8 2-6 3-3 13 1 1 5
Andrew Mock 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 3 1
Caleb Kennedy 5-8 0-0 0-0 10 3 2 3
Team 3
Totals 30-65 7-20 13-20 80 30 12 20
Indiana Wesleyan Univ.
Landon Adler 4-9 0-1 4-5 12 12 4 1
Zach Coverstone 6-9 0-0 0-1 12 7 4 5
Antonio Murrell 7-11 0-1 9-10 23 3 7 3
Jon Moon 3-3 2-2 3-4 11 2 0 4
Derrick Troyer 4-5 1-1 2-2 11 4 2 1
Ryan Hetrick 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
Josh Williams 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 2
Spencer Harris 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 0
Will Hubertz 6-10 3-6 2-2 17 2 0 3
Team 5
Totals 31-54 6-12 20-24 88 37 17 19