HC Tops #8 Indiana Tech

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2004-11-16
 It was a clash between two NAIA Division II Top Ten teams and the 8th-ranked Warriors of Indiana Tech were cruising with a 16-point lead over the 3rd-ranked Foresters four minutes into the second half. Desperate to try to throw off the Warriors' rhythm, Coach Platt changed defenses and went to a 2-3 zone. The ploy worked as the Warriors got tight from the perimeter, which allowed HC to claw its way back into the game. The Foresters took a 79-77 lead on a Kyle Ganton layup with a little over a minute left to play. Tech's Kendrick Cornelius hit one of two free throws on the Warrior's next possession to make it 79-78. The Foresters then made just two of seven free throw attempts over the next 44 seconds to hold an 81-78 lead with 1.8 seconds left. Detonio Hawkins' layup at the buzzer wasn't enough as the Foresters survived 81-80. HC's zone defense in the second half held the Warriors to 39% shooting (12-31) while the Foresters went 16-26 from the field for 62% in the half. With HC packing it in, Tech was forced to look outside for shots, but went just 1-14 beyond the arc. Four Foresters scored in double figures with Ganton scoring a team-high 23 points. Steve Snider added 19 points and eight rebounds. Alex Kock had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, and Chase Verba added 10 points. JuJuan Cooley led the Warriors with 23. The win moves the Foresters to 3-2 on the season.
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