HU game but in the end loses to No. 16 Bethel

The Huntington University men’s basketball team didn’t go down without a fight but in the end it lost to host Bethel, 92-81, on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19.

The Foresters, 13-9 overall and 3-7 in Crossroads League play, were down by 18 points at 65-47 in the early part of the second half, but Peyton West drilled a trio of three-pointers in a three-minute span to bring the deficit down to 65-60 by the midpoint of the frame.

Bethel, ranked No. 16, went 6 of 6 at the free-throw in the game’s final minutes to capture its 17th win in 21 outings this season and improve to 6-4 in the CL.

West, Caleb Middlesworth and Zac Owens each scored 18 points to lead Coach Ty Platt’s crew. Tyler Arens, back in action after missing three games, added 13 points while Konner Platt had 12.

West also had a game-best seven rebounds, handed out four assists and snagged a pair of steals.

Trey’von Convington led six Pilots in double figures with a game-high 23 points. Trevion Crews added 17 points, Paul Forman had 14, Ryan Lutz had 13, Luke Fisher had 12 and Jared Dehart added 11.

Seven of the Foresters’ nine losses on the season have come against Top 20 ranked teams.

The Foresters hit 27 of 55 shots from the field for 49.1 percent and added 18 successes in 23 tries at the free-throw line for 78.3 percent. Bethel hit 34 of 63 shots from the field for 54 percent and hit 12 of 13 from the stripe for 92.3 percent.

The Pilots won the battle of the boards, 36-27.