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Huntington falls to No. 3 IWU

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MARION, Ind. – The No. 3 Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University handed the Huntington men’s basketball team their fourth straight loss, a 93-67 decision, Saturday afternoon at Luckey Arena. IWU’s win streak extends to eight as they improve to 9-1 overall, 3-0 in the league while the Foresters drop to 6-5 overall, 0-3 against their Crossroads League foes.

It was business as usual for the hosts as they lived up to their hype. They entered the contest holding ten Top 15 team rankings in the NAIA and met all but one of those marks to run away with the 26-point victory. Their efficiency on offense was most notable. They shot 53.0 percent from the field which included going 12-for-23 from deep while 24 of their 35 buckets were assisted.  

Lane Mahurin paced a balanced Wildcat attack with 21 points. He also posted a game-high eight rebounds. Grant Evans finished with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting which included knocking down five of his seven triples. Bob Peters and Ben Carlson each recorded 12 points while Jacob Johnson added 11.

Tyler Arens poured in a game-high 23 points for the Foresters. Mike Bush added 22 points to go along with a game-high eight assists and team-best six rebounds.

Huntington played catch up all day as the scoreboard never favored them. But they would keep their deficit to single digits for all but one possession in the opening twenty minutes to head into intermission down 43-36.

The Wildcats extended their advantage to 11 at 47-36 by the 18:14 mark of the second frame but Coach Platt’s squad didn’t back down. Four different Foresters put points on the board over the next three minutes to trim the lead to just four at 49-45.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take IWU long to push the lead back to double digits where their lead would remain as they scored seven straight points for another 11-point cushion. They would go on to stretch the lead to 20 at 75-55 with just under seven minutes remaining before piling on a few more points to make for the lopsided win.

Next up for the Foresters is a home game against Grace College on Tuesday 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.