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Asbury hands HU third loss of season

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WILMORE, Ky. – The Huntington men’s basketball team traveled to Asbury University over Thanksgiving break where they were handed their third loss of the season, a 104-94 decision, at Luce Center Saturday afternoon.

The win snaps an Eagles’ three-game skid while the loss for the Foresters is their second straight.

The loss had an eerily similar feel as their 94-90 loss to Goshen just five days earlier as Coach Platt’s enjoyed a double digit lead after the first 20 minutes, this time a 57-45 advantage, before watching it disappear in the second half.

HU clung to their lead through the opening six minutes of the second frame until Deion Cochran canned his first of two treys to draw his team even with HU at 68-68.

The Foresters rallied back to reclaim the lead, 72-68, on buckets by Mason Coverstone and Mike Bush but that advantage vanished for good when a pair of Asbury triples midway through the period gave the hosts a permanent lead.

Huntington still had fight left in them as they pulled within a point on two different occasions with Kyle Platt’s long ball at the five-minute mark proving to be the last one-point difference of the game. The Eagles responded with a 13-4 tear to take their largest lead of the contest up to that point at 98-88 with just over two minutes remaining.

Asbury would close out the day by hitting all six of their freebies to secure the come-from-behind win.

A strong case could be made for a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sort of outing for Huntington as the first half looked drastically different than the second. Huntington scorched the nets to the tune of 66.7 percent on 24-for-36 shooting which included going 5-for-9 from downtown in the opening frame.

Platt’s crew established a lead five minutes in and would go on to maintain their advantage the rest of the half. The final two minutes saw Daniel Woll and Austin Karazsia combine to score nine points as part of an 11-2 run that gave the visitors their 12-point advantage heading into the locker room.

Huntington continued their rampage to open the second period by scoring on their first five trips down the floor to maintain their double digit lead of 66-55 at the 17:19 mark but over the next three minutes, things took a turn south for Huntington as their lead was completely erased to a 68-68 standstill with the pendulum officially swinging in favor of the Eagles after that.  

Four of HU’s starters scored in double digits with Bush pacing the pack with 20 points. He was an assist and two boards away from a triple double as he finished with nine assists and eight rebounds. Woll collected 19 points while Karazsia and Konner Platt added 15 points apiece.

Trenton Thompson topped all scorers with 29 points. Daulton Peters tossed in 12 points while Tyler Smith posted nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

HU shot 56.3 percent (40-for-71) from the field while limiting the Eagles to 43.5 percent shooting (40-for-92). Asbury recorded the slight advantage on the glass, 45-41, and committed 15 turnovers to Huntington’s 23.  

The Foresters (6-3) will have an opportunity to avenge today’s loss as they host Asbury on December 10. Next up for Platt and crew is a trip to Bethel on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Pilots.

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.