Platt's big night pushes Foresters past Judson

Behind a game-best 35 points from Konner Platt, the Huntington University men’s basketball team triumphed over visiting Judson University, 88-75, in the semifinals of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament on Friday, Nov. 8.

With the win, the Foresters, 3-0, advanced to the tourney’s championship game on Saturday, Nov. 9, against No. 11 Olivet Nazarene University, which topped East-West University, 122-89, on Friday.

After playing to a 40-40 tie at halftime, Huntington pulled away in the second stanza, outscoring Judson 48-35 to notch the 13-point win.

Platt sizzled the nets for the Foresters, shooting 10 of 14 from the field for 71 percent and a perfect 12 of 12 at the free-throw line.

Sophomore Spencer Ballinger tallied 23 points for Huntington while dishing out five assists and recording three steals. Sophomore Caleb Middlesworth chipped in 15 points to the team’s offensive effort.

Freshman Klajd Kiri pulled down a contest-high 10 rebounds to help give Huntington a 36-32 edge on the glass.

The Foresters converted 31 of 58 field goal attempts for 53.4 percent and 17 of 18 freebie tries for 94.4 percent.

The Eagles, 1-2, were paced by Johnny Flynn, who tossed in 20 points. Bryce Prochaska and Jordan Johnson added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Judson went 26 of 63 from the field for 41.3 percent and 15 of 22 at the charity stripe for 68.2 percent.