Owens goes for 30 as HU downs Taylor

Zac Owens went off for 30 points and led the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 94-82 victory over host Taylor University on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Owens did half of his damage from beyond the arc, knocking down five of eight shots. The sophomore had a good showing at the free-throw line, too, burying all but one of his 10 attempts. He also dished out six assists.

Junior Konner Platt supplemented Owens’ big night with a 22-point effort. Freshman Caleb Middlesworth tallied 12 points while senior Tyler Arens and freshman Peyton West both chipped in 11 points.

Middlesworth also corralled a team-high eight rebounds to help give Huntington a 35-30 advantage on the glass.

With the Foresters clicking on offense, they built a 49-34 lead in the opening half, forcing the Trojans to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Huntington, 15-10, 5-8 in the Crossroads League, shot 55.8 percent from the field on 29 of 52 marksmanship. Coach Ty Platt’s squad added 18 points in 31 attempts at the charity stripe for 58.1 percent.

Taylor went 34 for 74 from the floor for 45.9 percent and 1 for 3 at the line for 33.3 percent.

The Trojans, 11-14, 5-8 in league play, were paced by CJ Penha, who totaled 19 points. Five of his teammates also cracked double figures.