Making the long trek to Joliet, Illinois didn't seem to phase the Forester men's basketball
team (2-0)as they came away with 67-58 win over the University of St. Francis.
After spotting the Fighting Saints seven points to start the contest, HU chipped away at the deficit to finally tie things up at the 11:35 mark when Seth Kisler hit a layup to knot the score 11-11. The Foresters took their first lead of the game on the next possession and Kisler made sure it stuck as he finished the half by scoring HU's final five points to give the Foresters a 36-25 advantage at intermission.
Much like the start of the first half, the Foresters came out flat to start the second period as they watched their lead slip away within the first five minutes of play. The Fighting Saints went on a 16-5 tear to take a 41-40 lead at the 14:26 mark but the Foresters gained their composure and a long bomb by Kellen Zawadzki midway through the period gave HU a lead they would never relinquish. Zawadzki and Tyler Shively teamed up to score 13 of the Foresters final 18 points to seal the win.
The Foresters scored 22 points off St. Francis turnovers. They shot 47.7 percent from the field (21-for-44) and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from behind the arc.
Zawadzki led the Forester charge with 18 points and five assists. Shively chipped in 17 points. Caleb Kennedy finished with a team-high six boards. St. Francis guard Andrew Fair led all scorers with 19 points. Joining him in double digits was teammate Billy Hubly with 13.