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#8 Cornerstone hands HU first loss of the year

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the year against #8 Cornerstone University, an 87-76 decision, in the championship game of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. The loss snapped Huntington’s three straight Ness Bros. Hall of Fame tourney championships.

Aside from a brief lead in the opening three minutes of play, the Foresters were forced to play catchup all afternoon as the Golden Eagles’ offense, behind the red hot shooting of tournament MVP Cory Cox, couldn’t be contained. After scoring a career-best 33 points on Friday night, Cox picked where he left off to pour in 28 points against HU. For the weekend, the senior sharp-shooter finished 16-for-29 behind the arc.

HU’s only advantage, a one-point difference at 3-2, was quickly forgotten after an 18-6 Cornerstone spurt that gave the visitors a 20-9 lead by the 13:23 mark. The Golden Eagles would go on to extend the lead to as many as 18 before being outscored by eight over the final few minutes of the period to settle for a ten-point spread of 45-35 by halftime.

Behind their floor general Mike Bush, Platt’s squad made one final push to pull off the upset. Down by 13 with 14 minutes to go, the 5-7 point guard canned a pair of threes and connected on an old fashioned three-point play in a 60-second span to trim the lead to seven at 55-48.

He would go on to cash in on two free throws and hand out two assists over the next four minutes to cut the lead to two possessions at 65-60 with just under nine minutes remaining.

But Cornerstone (4-2) had an answer and came by way of missing just two shots over the next five minutes to grow their lead by back to double digits at 79-66. It proved to be a double digit spread they would sustain over the final three minutes for an 11-point victory.

Daniel Woll was HU’s mainstay offensively. After tossing in 13 points through the first 20 minutes, he added another 13 in the final stanza to finish with a team-high 26 points and for his efforts was named to the All-Tournament Team. He also collected ten rebounds and three steals.

Bush also posted a double double and joined Woll on the All-Tournament Team by scoring 14 points and dishing out 11 assists. Devon Merder added 12 points.

In addition to Cox’s 28 points, the Golden Eagles landed three others in double digits including Michael McLaughlin with 15, Kyle Steigenga with 14 and Sam Vander Sluis with ten.

Both teams shot the ball similarly with HU connecting on 52.6 percent of their shots (30-for-57) while CU knocked down 51.9 percent of their attempts (28-for-54). Each squad drained 11 three-pointers but the discrepancy came to the charity stripe where Cornerstone went 20-for-21 while Huntington managed to go just 5-for-7.

The Foresters (4-1) host the University of Rio Grande on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the year against #8 Cornerstone University, an 87-76 decision, in the championship game of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. The loss snapped Huntington’s three straight Ness Bros. Hall of Fame tourney championships.