The Huntington University men’s basketball team edged host Indiana University East, 73-71, on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
It was a back-and-forth game between the Foresters and 13th-ranked Red Wolves, featuring 19 lead changes and nine ties. The last of those ties came at the 8:26 mark in the second half at 54-54. The teams traded baskets over the ensuing 2:29, but a three-pointer by sophomore Caleb Middlesworth at the 5:57 mark put the visitors on top for good at 61-59. While Huntington never led by more than four points in the lead-up to the end buzzer, Middlesworth and sophomore Spencer Ballinger combined for eight points during that time to ensure the Foresters stayed in front.
Huntington, 2-0, was down 28-25 at the half.
The Foresters were led by senior Konner Platt, who tallied a game-high 25 points. Middlesworth topped out at 22 points while Ballinger finished with 12. Ballinger also dished out four assists.
Huntington connected on 29 of 57 field goal attempts for 50.9 percent and 8 of 12 free throw tries for 66.7 percent.
Senior Andrew Yoder led the Foresters on the boards with eight rebounds.
IU East, 1-2, got 19 points from Bishop Smith and 16 and 13, respectively, from Isiah Moore and Keating Rombach.
The Red Wolves hit 23 of 64 shots from the field for 35.9 percent and 20 of 23 attempts at the charity stripe for 87 percent.