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HU beats Cumberland in OT 83-78

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington men’s basketball team wrapped up the weekend with an 83-78 OT win over Cumberland University (1-2) on day two of the Forester Classic. It’s HU’s second win in less than 24 hours as they improve to 2-0 on the year.

Tyler Arens scored Huntington’s first six points in the extra period to propel his team to the win. He knocked down four straight freebies within the first 30 seconds before scoring down low with just over three minutes to go put the Foresters up by five at 76-71. It was a march to the free line after that as HU went 7-for-8 in the final two minutes to keep the Phoenix at arm’s length and secure the W.

Regulation proved to be much more dramatic as it featured five ties and 13 lead changes as both team jockeyed for the advantage. The first half’s biggest lead was enjoyed by the hosts when Mike Bush scored in the paint at the 12:25 mark to give his team a 15-8 advantage.

It was nip and tuck the rest of the period with Huntington hanging on to a slim 37-36 lead compliments of two free throws with one second remaining after the CU coach was assessed a technical foul.

A chance to regroup at halftime served Cumberland well as they stormed out of the locker room to establish the game’s first double digit lead of 52-42 less than five minutes into the second stanza.

Their advantage hovered around that ten-point range for the next five minutes but it was only a matter of time until Huntington finally pieced together several stops while at the other end of the floor the Platt brothers, Kyle and Konner, combined for five of their team’s next seven points. In that three minute span, the lead was suddenly sliced in half at 66-61.

The momentum had officially shifted and over the final seven minutes of regulation, the Foresters continued inching closer to CU until Arens scored with 47 seconds remaining to knot things up at 69-69. When all the dust had settled in regulation, the Foresters had outscored their visitors 15-4 over the final ten minutes to send the game to OT where they cruised to the win.

Arens came off the bench to finish with a game-best 23 points to go along with five boards. Bush logged his second straight double double by posting 15 points and ten assists. Dan Woll added 13 points and swatted three shots while Konner Platt tossed in 12 points and ripped down a game-high six rebounds.

Diondrey Holt tallied 20 points to top CU. Other double digits scorers for Cumberland included Trenton Perry with 12, Jamonte Graham with 11 and Joseph Wilbert with ten.

Cumberland outshot HU from the field to score six more field goals than their hosts but the real difference came at the charity stripe where they scored just nine points to HU’s 27. Huntington got to the line 32 times while CU made the trip there 15 times.

Huntington finished 24-for-57 from the field for 42.1 percent while the Phoenix connected on 50.8 percent of their shots by going 30-for-59 which included knocking down five of their eight long balls. Cumberland also outrebounded HU 36-34.

Coach Platt’s crew is back in action on Tuesday to host St. Xavier 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.