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Lancers log 3rd straight win with 84-74 decision over HU

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WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace College Lancers (12-13, 4-9) entered Tuesday’s contest as one of the hottest teams in the league and lived up to that billing with an 84-74 win over the HU men’s basketball team. It marked GC’s third straight win, second longest streak in Crossroads League action only to a Bethel College squad that has strung together ten straight victories.

The Foresters, on the other hand, have struggled as of late as they drop their third consecutive decision for a record of 14-11 overall, 5-8 in conference play.

To say Coach Platt’s crew got off to a slow start was somewhat of an understatement as the Lancers held their visitors scoreless for the first four minutes for a 10-0 advantage. It was a lead Grace never surrendered.

After managing just seven points over the next nine minutes for a 20-7 deficit, HU reeled off ten of the game’s next 11 points with Austin Karazsia scoring the final five to pull the Foresters within four at 21-17 by the midway point of the frame.

Unfortunately Huntington hit another extended dry spell as they managed just ten points the rest of the half to bury themselves in a 43-27 hole heading into intermission having shot a dismal 25 percent.

It looked like the Foresters were righting their wrong as they spent the first eight minutes of the second half closing the gap to five, 53-48, behind Daniel Woll and Konner Platt who scored nine and seven points respectively during the 21-10 run.

It was blow for blow over the next five minutes as the difference remained five points, 61-56, at the 7:33 mark. But as had been the case much of the night, Grace called on their bigs Logan Godfrey and Erik Bowen to get the job done. And that’s just what the pair of forwards did as they combined to score over half of their team’s final 24 points to gradually pull away for a ten-point spread by game’s end.

Both Lancers recorded a double double with Godfrey topping all scorers with a career-tying 27 points to go along with 15 rebounds while Bowen added 19 points and 17 rebounds. The twosome collected nine offensive rebounds which led to a lopsided rebounding advantage for Grace as they finished with 45 boards to HU’s 21.

Huntington landed three Foresters in double digits with Woll posting 19 points while Mike Bush and Platt added 13 and 12 respectively. Kyle Platt and Trevor Lockwood came off the bench to tally nine points apiece. Karazsia took top rebounding honors for HU with eight. Bush enjoyed a game-best six assists.

The Foresters’ only advantage of the night was how well they took care of the ball. They committed just seven errors while forcing 18 Lancer miscues to outscore their hosts 20-8 off of turnovers.

HU returns to Platt Arena on Saturday to host #6 IWU at 1:00 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.