HU men edge USF behind Owens

Huntington University’s Caleb Middlesworth (left) extends his arm to the hoop while Saint Francis’ David Miller attempts to stop him during a men’s basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Platt Arena. The Foresters beat the Cougars, 77-74.
Huntington University’s Caleb Middlesworth (left) extends his arm to the hoop while Saint Francis’ David Miller attempts to stop him during a men’s basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Platt Arena. The Foresters beat the Cougars, 77-74. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team edged the University of Saint Francis, 77-74, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Platt Arena.

The first half saw the Foresters lead by as many as 12 points, but a late push by the Cougars deflated the hosts’ cushion to a single tally, 38-37, at the break. That push set the tone for the second stanza, as the visitors took control of the game, going up by as many as eight points, 68-60, with 4:21 to go. Coach Ty Platt’s squad chipped away at that deficit, though, tying up the game at 72-72 when Tyler Arens scored off a pass from Zac Owens at the 1:25 mark.

While USF went back in front when Jeffrey Reynolds hit a pair of free throws 14 seconds later, that advantage would prove to be short-lived as Owens drilled a three-pointer with 35 seconds left to put Huntington on top, 75-74. The Cougars had scoring opportunities in the closing seconds, but Conlan Martin misfired on a triple and Connor Lautzenheiser missed two freebies. With six ticks on the clock, a foul by Lautzenheiser sent Peyton West to the charity stripe, where he hit both shots and iced the game for Huntington.

The Foresters, 14-9, 4-7 in the Crossroads League, got a game-high 23 points from Owens. The sophomore also got his teammates in on the scoring, dishing out nine assists.

Freshman Caleb Middlesworth supplemented Owens’ scoring with 17 points. Junior Konner Platt and West, a freshman, both added 12 points. Platt and West also collected six rebounds apiece to help give Huntington a 32-30 edge on the boards.

The Foresters shot 54.9 percent from the field on 28 of 51 marksmanship. At the line, they shot 86.7 percent, hitting 13 of 15 attempts.

USF, 12-11, 5-6 in league play, was paced by former Huntington North High School star Hunter Hollowell, who tallied 20 points. Lautzenheiser and Reynolds contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, to the visitors’ cause.

The Cougars converted 25 of 63 field goal attempts for 39.7 percent and 13 of 18 freebie tries for 72.2 percent.