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HU on wrong end of 87-78 decision against Webber Int’l

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BABSON PARK, Fla. - The HU men's basketball team fell behind within the opening ten seconds and spent the rest of the afternoon chasing their hosts Webber International University on the way to suffering an 87-78 loss in their first contest in the Sunshine State. 

The loss drops Huntington to 6-8 on the year while the Warriors now have five wins against six losses. 

Three starters for the Warriors handled the bulk of the hosts' scoring by accounting for all but 20 of their team's points. Osandai Vaughn poured in a game-best 28 points in addition to claiming game-best rebounding honors as well with nine. 

Tommie Luke finished with 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting while Johnathan Childs added 15 points. The trio sizzled the nets for 64.3 percent from the field which included going 7-for-12 behind arc. 

Platt's crew relied on a balanced attack as five Foresters landed in double digits with Mason Coverstone cranking out a career-best 22 points. The 6-6 forward missed just three shots on the afternoon which included knocking down six of his seven triples. 

Konner Platt tallied 18 points while Mike Bush registered 15 points to go along with handing out 13 dimes for his fifth double double of the season. Devon Merder finished with ten points and a team-best seven boards. Together this foursome accounted for 13 of HU's 14 triples. 

Trevor Lockwood came off the bench to claim ten points for his team as the fifth Forester to finish in double digits. 

The Warriors' advantage hovered around two possessions most of the first half, but with just over two minutes remaining in the frame; they rattled off five straight points to bump the lead up to nine for the largest gap of the day up to that point 60 seconds before intermission. 

The Foresters promptly returned the favor with five unanswered points, all from Bush, to evaporate the lead to four at 41-37 by halftime. 

The first five minutes of the second period saw Platt's crew connect on four from long range, three from Coverstone, to make up two points for a 51-49 difference. 

Unfortunately, the Foresters went stone cold after that as Lockwood's bucket down low and Junior Scott's long ball were Huntington's only points over the next eight minutes which allowed the hosts to open up a generous lead of 20, 74-54, with just under seven minutes to go. 

However, the Warriors learned firsthand that HU can never be counted out. As quickly as the Foresters went cold, they were just as quick to heat back up behind Platt's performance behind the arc.

The sophomore sharp shooter drained three of his four threes starting at the six-minute mark to spearhead a 20-6 run that dwindled the lead down to six with 1:40 remaining.  

Just when it appeared the game was up for grabs, Childs slammed one home with just over a minute to go to make a statement and spur his team to their nine-point win. 

Nearly half the Foresters’ buckets came from deep as 14 of their 31 field goals were from three-point land. They finished 31-for-69 for 44.9 percent from the floor and shot just four free throws.

The Warriors shot 53.8 percent from the field (35-for-65) which included nine from downtown and managed to get to the line 15 times but only made good on eight of their attempts.

HU wraps up their time in Florida tomorrow with a 4:00 p.m. matchup with Warner University.

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.