In their final game before Christmas, the 24th-ranked Forester men's basketball
team (12-2) picked off the Yellow Jackets of Cedarville University (7-7) 87-73 on Saturday afternoon at the Merillat Complex.
It was a fast and furious start as the first five possessions resulted in points on the board with the Yellow Jackets holding a slight 8-5 advantage just ninety seconds into the contest. Play went back and forth and after the fifth tie of the night coming just four minutes into the game, the Foresters strung together a 10-5 run over a six-minute span to take a 23-18 lead. The Yellow Jackets spent the next three minutes taking advantage of several Forester missed shots and miscues to go up 32-30 at the 5:45 mark. The first half came to a close much like the game started with both teams cashing in on their final three possessions. Tyler Shively's running floater in the lane as time expired gave HU the 42-41 advantage at halftime.
Chris Kent found Kellen Zawadzki in the corner for the long ball to open the second half and ignite an 11-2 run that put HU up by double digits at 53-43 less than three minutes into the stanza. It sent the Yellow Jackets reeling as the Foresters blew the game wide open. They took their largest lead of the night at 72-50 with just over eight minutes to go. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Foresters 23-15 over the final minutes but it was too little too late as HU cruised to the win.
Zawadzki led all scorers with 33 points. Joining him in double digits was Shively with 18 and Bobby Jolliff with 14. Jolliff grabbed ten boards to record the double double. Matt Harner paced Cedarville with 28 points. Brian Hecker finished with 12 points and Adam Riehle added 10 points and a game-high 11 boards.
The Foresters shot 53.6 percent (30-for-56) for the game while holding the Yellow Jackets to 36.1 percent (26-for-72). Cedarville's shooting woes carried over to the free throw line as they went 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) on the night from the charity stripe. HU committed nine turnovers to Cedarville's 11. The Yellow Jackets held a slight 45-42 edge in rebounding.
Huntington is off until December 29 when they travel to Aquinas College for a 7:00 p.m. game.