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HU competes at CL Indoor Invite

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Indoor track & field

Competing at the first ever Crossroads League Indoor Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan over the weekend, the HU men’s track team finished 9th while the women took 8th.

Adam Woods claimed the Foresters only 1st place finish by winning the men’s heptathlon with 3,837 points and for his efforts received All-Conference honors.

Peyton Depriest turned in a PR by clocking in at 50.68 in the 400 meters good for 5th place. Avniel Barrow also posted a new personal best in the prelims of the 60 meters with a time of 6.98 on Friday. In the finals on Saturday, he clocked in at 7.09 to earn 7th place.

Bradey Gerke brought home a 7th place badge in triple jump. His mark of 40-11 landed him the 6th spot in the HU record books. Huntington also earned a handful of points in the 4x400 meter relay (7th, 3:32.04) and 4x800 meter relay (8th, 8:20.68).

Indiana Wesleyan claimed the men’s title with 151 points followed by Taylor (128.5), Bethel (126.5), Marian (110), Mount Vernon (81), Spring Arbor (63), Grace (52), Saint Francis (24), HU (21) and Goshen (8).

Nicole Pennington earned points for the Huntington women in two events. She finished 4th in the 60 meters with her time of 8.09 and 8th in the 200 meters by running a PR 27.26. Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner also ran the 60 meters where she finished 6th in 8.19.

Elise Cormany and Alyssabeth Cottle each soared 8-11.25 in pole vault to claim 5th and 6th respectively. Molly Mitchell took 6th in the 400 meters by clocking in at 1:02.83. Breanna Metz rounded out points collected in an individual event with her 8th place leap of 4-07.25 in high jump.

The Foresters placed 7th in three relays which included the 4x400 meter relay (4:22.89), 4x800 meter relay (10:53.70) and the distance medley relay (14:18.11).

Men’s basketball

Coming off an impressive 97-71 upset over No. 3 Saint Francis earlier in the week, it looked like the HU men’s basketball team was picking up where they left off Saturday against Marian University as they enjoyed a lead through most of the contest before suffering a 95-88 loss.

It was a 40-minute scuffle that came down to the final stretch where the Knights (19-9, 9-7) made the necessary plays to collect their third straight win and slip into a tie with Bethel for the third spot in the league standings while the Foresters (11-17, 7-9) fall into a three-way tie for 6th.

With the game knotted at 88-88 with 1:38 remaining, Marian did no wrong as Reggie Kissoonlal scored on either side of a Christian Stewart long ball to account for the game’s final seven points while at the other end of the court, HU came up empty on its final three possessions.

Despite the disappointing ending, Coach Ty Platt liked what he saw this afternoon.

“This was a tremendous college basketball game. Unfortunately, we got beat, but it was a war all day. Our guys played their tails off. Marian hit a couple of huge threes in the final few minutes to provide them with the win, but I couldn’t be prouder of how hard we played and how much we laid it on the line today.”

The Foresters have been shooting the ball extremely well and this weekend was no exception as they logged their seventh straight game of shooting at least 50.0 percent. Platt’s crew connected on 32 of their 61 attempts for 52.5 percent which included going 11-for-23 from long range.

The Knights enjoyed a two-minute lead early in the contest after which Huntington’s shooting was too much for the hosts to contain as they cashed in on nine of their 11 threes in the opening frame to climb on top by as many as 12, 40-28, before heading into the locker room with an eight-point lead of 50-42.

The Foresters added to their advantage with a 7-2 run to start the second half for the game’s largest discrepancy of 57-44 but over the next five minutes, the visitors got stuck on 57 and the result was predictable. By the 13:53 mark Marian had closed to within one but Tyler Arens finally broke Huntington’s scoring drought with two of his 12 points at the 13:01 mark to up HU’s lead back to three at 59-56.

The battle ensued as it was a two-possession game the rest of the way with Huntington finally giving up the lead with just over four minutes to go. The seven-point final score proved to be Marian’s largest advantage of the day and came with 12 ticks remaining.

It was a balanced attack for Huntington with four Foresters scoring between 5-9 points in those last 13 minutes. Twelve of HU’s final 29 points came from the charity stripe.

For the Knights, they relied on their big three in Wes Stowers, Kissoonlal and Sterling Brown as each scored in double digits. The hosts canned six of their 11 threes in the final 13 minutes with Stowers hitting half of them.

Mike Bush dropped in a team-high 22 points and handed out 15 dimes for his eighth double-double of the year. Trevor Lockwood also logged a double-double with 21 points and ten boards. Konner Platt added 20 points. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Stowers, the league’s leading scorer and 11th most prolific scorer in the NAIA, lived up to his billing by pouring in 35 points in addition to posting six assists and two steals. Kissoonlal tossed in 24 points and corralled 12 rebounds. Sterling Brown and Christian Stewart added 17 and 12 points respectively.

Women’s basketball

The HU women’s basketball team took one on the chin Saturday afternoon by suffering a 66-50 loss to No. 5 Marian University (26-2, 15-1). With two regular-season contests remaining, the race to the finish line continues as today’s loss puts the Foresters in a tie for fourth with Grace.

It was a sluggish first half that did the visitors in. The two-time defending national champions can turn the smallest of advantage into a huge gain and that’s exactly what happened through the opening twenty minutes. MU converted five offensive rebounds into nine points and outsprinted their visitors after misses for eight easy points - the exact difference at intermission.

Despite being down 36-20 heading into the third quarter, Huntington didn’t back down from the challenge. But things got worse before they got better as the Knights doubled up HU 48-24 by the 5:50 mark. The final six minutes saw six different Foresters put points on the board and the payoff was impressive as HU outscored their hosts 18-3 the rest of the quarter to trim the deficit to single digits at 51-42.

Sarah Fryman’s second triple of the day early in the fourth made for an eight-point game at 53-45 but it’s as close as things would get as HU managed just five points the rest of the way to make for their worst loss of the year.

Both teams finished the second period with 30 points. Fryman collected 12 points and four assists to lead HU. Brooke Saylor tossed in 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She also had a pair of assists, steals and blocks.

Hailey Krewald netted ten points and grabbed nine boards to tie Saylor for game-high rebounding honors.

The Foresters shot 38.8 percent from the field (19-for-49) while the Knights posted a shooting percentage of .444 (28-for-63). Despite a hard-fought, physical game, the two teams combined to shoot just 12 free throws with HU going 6-for-7 and Marian finishing 4-for-5.

Kellie Kirkhoff topped all scorers with 19 points. Dejah Cyrus added 18 points. Joana Soeiro handed out a game-best 11 dimes to go along with six points, six rebounds and four steals.