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Huntington comes up short against Cougars

Staff reports

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The RV Huntington University men’s basketball team fell 75–51 to No. 6 Mt. Vernon Nazarene in a Crossroads League matchup in Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

The defeat dropped the Foresters’ season record to 7–3, including an 0–2 mark against Crossroads League competition.

The Forester offense struggled all game long, tallying just 51 points in the game, the lowest output in a game for Huntington this season. The Foresters’ prior lowest-scoring game came in Huntington’s 80–75 loss to No. 16 St. Francis on Nov. 27.

Mt. Vernon Nazarene opened up a 41–26 lead heading into halftime, fueled by a massive 15–0 run midway through the first half.

While the Huntington defense limited the Cougars to 34 points in the second half, the Forester offense also dipped, scoring just 25 points in the second frame.

Junior guard Konner Platt paced Huntington with 15 points in the defeat. Platt also dished out a team-leading three assists.

Senior forward Tyler Arens finished second on the team with 12 points, adding a team-high nine rebounds in the loss.

The Foresters will return to action tonight, hosting Taylor in another Crossroads League matchup. The opening tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Platt Arena.

TRACK & FIELD

The Huntington University track teams opened their indoor campaign on Dec. 1 at the Mastodon Open at Purdue Fort Wayne.

The men’s team finished in second place at the meet while the women claimed third.

For the men, senior CJ Robertson set a school record in the 600-meter race, finishing in a time of 1:24.57, good for a third-place finish in the event.

Sophomore Peyton Depriest also established a new Huntington best, winning the 300-meter race in 36.35.

On the women’s side, senior Aspen Dirr, fresh off her 19th-place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, set a new program record in the mile, with a winning time of 5:13.61, beating the previous record by five seconds.

Dirr also claimed the 800-meter race with a personal best time of 2:26.28.

Junior Holly Holton set a new personal best in the weight throw, with a toss of 38–6.25, good for fourth at the meet.

The Foresters will not compete again in 2018, with their next meet, the Fort Wayne Duals at Purdue Fort Wayne, scheduled for Jan. 19, 2019.