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Goshen tops HU for second time this season

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GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen men’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season series sweep over the Foresters with an 85-80 win Tuesday night at Gunden Gymnasium. Goshen also got the best of HU, 94-90, back on November 22. With this win, the Maple Leafs improve to 10-11 overall, 3-6 in league play and snap a six-game losing streak.

The loss drops HU to 13-8 on the year, 4-5 in Crossroads League action. At the halfway point of conference play, Huntington is currently sitting in the 7th spot, one game behind a three-team bottleneck for 4th.

Goshen coupled solid shooting from the field and free throw line to deny Coach Platt’s crew their fourth straight win. The Maple Leafs drained 57.1 percent of their shots (32-for-56) and canned 80.0 percent of their freebies (16-for-20) to shoot their way to the win.

No time was it more obvious than midway through the second half when the hosts scored on seven straight possessions to extend a two-point advantage to their largest lead of the night at 67-56 with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Foresters scratched and clawed their way back to pull within three, 73-70, after a pair of free throws from Konner Platt at the 4:16 mark. But Goshen answered right away. Kevin Phillips scored his team’s next six points to stretch the lead back to seven at 79-72 which proved too much of a difference for the visitors to overcome.

While Tyler Arens and Mason Coverstone each knocked down a long ball in the final 45 seconds to keep things interesting, GC warded off any sort of heroic comeback by going 6-for-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to solidify the win.

Scoring was at a premium early on as defense trumped offense. Six minutes in, HU enjoyed a slight 11-7 edge before Goshen methodically pieced together a 13-2 run to steal the lead at 20-13 by the middle of the frame. That gap remained fairly consistent the rest of the period as the Maple Leafs took a 39-34 advantage into the break.

Arens scored five of his team’s first seven points of the second half to put Huntington back on top at 44-41 by the 16:39 mark. But their lead was short-lived as just over two minutes later, Goshen took what proved to be a permanent advantage.

Arens topped all scorers with 25 points. Daniel Woll added 15, Platt tossed in 12, Coverstone and Mike Bush finished with 11 and ten respectively. Bush also dished out a team-high six assists while Coverstone took top rebounding honors for his team with eight.

Xavier Newson poured in 21 points. Phillips tallied 18 points and a game-best nine rebounds. Devin Heath-Granger also recorded 18 points as he and Phillips combined to go 16-for-23 from the field. Conner Funkhouser added 15 points to round out Goshen’s double digit scoring.

The Foresters finished 28-for-56 from the field for 50.0 percent which included going 7-for-17 behind the arc. HU cashed in on 17 of their 21 free throws for 81.0 percent. Huntington committed 12 turnovers to Goshen’s ten and were outrebounded 28-25.

Huntington will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host Mount Vernon at 1:00 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.