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Bush breaks single season assist record n HU’s 99-89 win over Marian

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A late game surge lifted the Forester men’s basketball team past Marian University (10-10, 1-7) 99-89 Saturday afternoon at John Grimes Court. The win is HU’s third straight Crossroads League victory as they improve to 13-7 overall, 4-4 in conference play.

Despite owning the lead for the majority of the contest, Coach Platt’s crew found themselves down by three, 69-66, halfway through the second period. But it was Mike Bush to the rescue as he scored six of the game’s next eight points to get his team back on track.

It spurred a 16-2 run that saw three other Foresters join in the scoring frenzy to give the visitors an 82-71 lead with just under six minutes to go. Bush made sure the hosts stayed at arm’s length the rest of the way by scoring eight more points in the final four minutes to wrap up win.

The 5-7 point guard finished with a team-high 22 points and game-best ten assists. His ten dimes brings his season total to 220 – a new program record. The former HU record was 214 assists held by Matt Eberly dating back to 1997. Bush also holds the record of most assists in a game (18) and leads the nation in assists per game with his 11.0 average.  

While Bush’s numbers were striking, he also had plenty of help from the other HU starters as each scored in double digits. Tyler Arens added 21 points and a game-high ten boards for his first double double of the year. Daniel Woll poured in 19 points to go along with nine rebounds while Konner Platt and Mason Coverstone added 17 and ten points respectively.

The first stanza had a similar feel to the final 20 minutes as Huntington stayed on top the majority of the time with the Knights inching past their visitors on occasion but never hanging onto the lead for more than a few possessions at a time.  

When all the dust had settled, the lead swapped back and forth 12 times but HU held the upper hand for over 34 of the 40 minutes. Marian’s advantage never exceeded three points while HU built a lead of 14 in the closing minutes before securing the double digit victory. Six of HU’s last seven wins have been double digit differences with an average margin of victory of 19 points.
Andrew Jordan came off the bench for Marian to top all scorers with 28 points. Wesley Stowers, a preseason First Team All-Conference pick, added 23 points and team-high five assists. KC Earls tossed in 13 points, Sam Guymon recorded 11 and Curtis Green finished with ten.

As a team, the Foresters outplayed their hosts in nearly every way. HU shot 55.2 percent from the field (16-for-32) while limiting Marian to 43.7 percent shooting (31-for-71). Huntington won the battle of the boards 42-36 and committed just seven miscues to MU’s nine.

Coach Platt has racked up 12 wins against just five losses to Marian since taking over the Forester reigns in 2008.

The Foresters will look to avenge a 94-90 loss to the Maple Leafs earlier this season when they travel to Goshen College on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. start.

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.