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HU picks off #RV OCU on the road for 104-100 win

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Circleville, Ohio – In a high scoring affair, the HU men’s basketball team picked off #RV Ohio Christian University 104-100 Saturday afternoon.

While Huntington remained consistent throughout the afternoon, it was the tale of two halves for the Trailblazers. The game looked like it was headed for a blowout in Huntington’s favor as they exploded for 54 points while limiting their hosts to just 30 points through the opening 20 minutes to take a 24 point lead into intermission.

The first half saw seven different Foresters score at least five points with Tyler Arens pacing the pack with 13. He knocked down three from deep as one of six Foresters to drain a three in the period. Equally striking as HU’s offense was their defense that limited the Trailblazers to 11 field goals on just 36.6 percent shooting.

OCU’s dormant offense came to life in the second half compliments of Marquis Jackson. The 6-0 guard erupted for 36 points to account for over half of his team’s scoring in the period to turn the hosts’ lopsided disadvantage into a two-possession contest by game’s end.

While OCU’s final push was impressive as they dwindled their 20-point deficit down to just four points over the last six minutes of play, even more impressive was HU’s toughness to ward off the Trailblazers on their own court and hang on for the road win.  

Daniel Woll scored Huntington’s only field goal in the final six minutes as they were forced to win the game from the line where they went 17-for-20 to wrap up their sixth victory of the year.

Woll posted 24 points and seven rebounds to pace HU. Arens added 21 points off the bench. Mike Bush tallied 19 points and a game-high 12 assists while Konner Platt and Mason Coverstone tossed in 13 and ten points respectively. Coverstone also corralled a game-best eight rebounds.

Jackson finished with a career-best 51 points to top all scorers. Nic Baker registered 21 points and John Johnson collected ten in the losing effort.

Huntington sizzled the nets to the tune of 68.8 percent beyond the arc where they went 11-for-16. They finished 60.7 percent from the field (34-for-56) while the Trailblazers went 34-for-68 for 50.00 percent. Over half of OCU’s field goals were three-pointers. They cashed in on 18 triples at a clip of 48.6 percent.

The Foresters knocked down 25 of their 30 free throws and enjoyed a 33-20 rebounding advantage while Ohio Christian made good on 14 of their 15 freebies and committed seven miscues to HU’s 12.

The loss is OCU’s fourth straight as they drop to 4-5 on the year. HU (6-1) opens up league play on Tuesday by hosting Goshen College at 6:00 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.