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HU remains perfect at 3-0 with 88-73 win over #22 SXU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - A 51-point second half performance propelled the HU men’s basketball team to an 88-73 win over #22 Saint Xavier University (1-3) Tuesday night at Platt Arena. The come-back win was HU’s third straight W over the Cougars.

The first half was 20 minutes the Foresters would rather forget as they didn’t have an answer for the sharp-shooting Cougars. The visitors sizzled the nets to the tune of 60.7 percent to take a 48-37 advantage into the locker room.

The second half was a similar story except this time it was Coach Platt’s squad who had the hot hand. HU drained 22 of their 35 shots to turn their 11-point deficit into a 15-point win, a swing of 26 points in the final 20 minutes.

In addition to putting on a shooting clinic, the Foresters were equally impressive on the defensive end where they limited SXU to just 26 points on 32.1 percent shooting. It took the first nine minutes of the stanza before HU finally got over the hump compliments of an Austin Karazsia long ball that gave his team a 57-56 lead, their first advantage since the 15:37 mark of the first half.

HU would surrender the lead for one possession before Karazsia scored again, this time by way of a put-back, to give his team a permanent advantage and ignite a 17-2 run over a five-minute stretch that translated into a 74-60 difference.

It was a game of runs after that as Saint Xavier outscored their hosts by ten over the next two minutes to disintegrate the lead to four at 77-73 before HU took their turn again by scoring 11 straight points to secure the win.

Once the Foresters had the lead for good at 59-58 midway through the frame, they missed just two shots the rest of the way to nearly double up their visitors, 29-15, and keep their perfect record intact at 3-0 on the year.

Daniel Woll topped a balanced Forester attack with 27 points. He also grabbed a team-high eight boards and dished out four assists. Tyler Arens added 16 points while Karazsia and Devon Merder posted 13 and ten points respectively. Mike Bush handed out a game-best ten assists.

Quinn Niego led the Cougars with 24 points and game-high nine boards. Keating Rombach tossed in 19 points while Kyle Huppe chipped in 11.

HU finished 35-for-65 from the field for 53.8 percent while the Cougars went 26-for-56 for 46.4 percent. Both teams shot the ball well from the line where Huntington connected on 13 of their 14 attempts and SXU made good on 14 of their 17 attempts. Platt’s crew won the battle of the boards 35-27 as well as outscoring their visitors from the bench 29-15 and in the paint 46-28.

Huntington has a break until this weekend when they host the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame tournament. HU will face Great Lakes Christian College on Friday at 8:00 p.m. after College of the Ozarks and Cornerstone square off 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.