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Concordia’s offense too much for HUMBB

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU men’s basketball team didn’t have an answer for Connor Phee who poured in 40 points to propel Concordia University past their hosts 91-76 Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. For the Cardinals it was their season opener while the Foresters drop to 0-2 on the year.

Phee, CU’s leading scorer last season, missed just four of his 22 shots, corralled ten rebounds and swatted six shots as a one-person wrecking ball. His support cast included Jalen Thompson with 15 points and Jerald Booker with 13 as HU struggled to contain the Cardinals’ high-octane offense that connected on over half its shots and scored over half its points in the paint.

The Foresters’ starting line-up accounted for all but ten of the team’s points with Konner Platt topping the list with 20. Tyler Arens added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Zac Owens finished with 12 points and three steals while Mason Coverstone posted 11 points.

Senior point guard Mike Bush, HU’s final starter, was a point shy of a double double as he tossed in nine points while handing out a game-best 16 dimes to go along with a game- and career-high five steals.

The lead toggled back and forth five times through the opening nine minutes before the Cardinals took a permanent lead of 18-17 at the 10:46 mark. Their advantage stood at eight, 43-35, at halftime and remained in single digits for all but a handful of possessions in the second half until the final two minutes when CU enjoyed a ten-point spread of 84-74 that grew to 15 by the final buzzer.  

HU committed just eight turnovers to Concordia’s 16 and while the visitors got the best of the boards 52-44, Huntington chased down 13 offensive boards to the tune of 13 points while limiting the Cardinals to six offensive rebounds for eight points.

Coach Platt’s crew is back in action on Tuesday when they host Lawrence Tech 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 274 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.