Huntington, Ind. - Looking to hand the Knights of Marian University (12-7, 3-6) their first home loss of the season, the 20th-ranked Huntington University Foresters (16-6, 5-4) did just that with a 73-71 overtime win to open up second round action of league play on Saturday afternoon.
After managing only five field goals in the first ten minutes of play, the Foresters scored seven of their next nine points from the charity stripe to turn a six-point deficit into a one-point lead at 20-19 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. Seven lead changes later, Tyler Shively knocked down two free tosses to close out the half in a 34-34 deadlock.
The Knights grabbed the lead to start the second stanza and held onto a slim 46-45 lead through the first six minutes but Bobby Jolliff's second chance bucket sparked a 7-0 run to give HU a 52-46 lead with twelve minutes remaining. The Foresters enjoyed their largest lead of the contest at 56-48 with nine minutes to go but Marian used their quickness and aggressive play on the boards to claw their way back, scoring five second chance points and converting two Forester miscues into points on the board to force the tie.
With the score knotted at 62-62 with just over two minutes remaining, Bobby Jolliff knocked down a pair of free throws to give HU the two-point lead. Aaron Evans made sure it was short-lived as his layup at the 1:42 mark evened things back up. It would prove to be the last score in regulation as both teams came up empty to send the game into overtime.
The overtime period lived up to its billing as it featured four lead changes and two ties in the first three and a half minutes of play. With 1:14 on the clock, the Knights held onto a 71-69 lead but Tyler Shively took matters into his own hands as he drained two freebies to force the third tie in the extra period. After holding the Knights scoreless on the next possession, the Foresters once again found their answer in Shively who drove baseline with less than ten seconds remaining and wiggled his way free to drain a short jumper that proved to be the game-winner as Marian's final two shots were off the mark.
Shively led the HU charge with a game-high 24 points and four assists. Kellen Zawadzki tossed in 18 points and Caleb Kennedy finished with his fourth double double of the season with 17 points and a game-high 11 boards. Evans paced four Knights in double digits with 18 points. Alex Sylvester and Brandon Malone each chipped in 13 points and Jordan Tucker added 12.
The difference in the game came at the free throw line where the Foresters not only found their way to the line more frequently, but knocked down 95.5 percent (21-for-22) of their attempts compared to the Knights' 68.8 percent (11-for-16) performance. Box Score