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Platt and Bush have record-setting outings in HU’s 111-81 win

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Freshman Konner Platt erupted for 30 first half points to give the Forester men’s basketball team a hefty 60-38 advantage after the first 20 minutes on the way to cruising to a 111-81 win over Wright State University Lake (4-7) Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.

The Lakers couldn’t keep track of the 6-2 guard as he buried eight threes in the opening stanza before knocking down two more in the second half to tie the program record for most three-pointers in a game with ten, a record he now shares with Jeff Shepherd. Platt finished with a career-high 38 points to go along with a career-best nine rebounds and three steals.

Mike Bush also found his way into the record books by handing out 18 dimes. The previous Forester record was held by Matt Eberly who dished out 17 assists back in January of 1998. HU’s current PG also tossed in 12 points against the Lakers for his ninth double double of the year.

Saturday’s win was Huntington’s third straight as they improve to 9-5 on the year.

While the first minute saw two ties, the final 39 minutes belonged to the Foresters as Platt’s second long ball at the 18:53 mark gave his team a permanent lead. Three minutes later, Platt had canned his fourth triple to push the HU advantage to nine at 17-8.

However, the Lakers weren’t easy to shake as they pieced together a 9-2 run to trim the lead to two at 19-17 behind a pair of threes by Gilbert Carter with 13 minutes on the clock. Their deficit was still just one possession four minutes later until Platt and Daniel Woll teamed up to create a little breathing room for their team. The twosome combined to score Huntington’s next 14 points to up the lead to 43-30.

Tyler Arens then went on his own scoring rampage to score on HU’s next three possessions for a 49-32 tilt and then capped off the frame with a pairs of freebies to send his team into the locker room with a 22-point cushion.

The second half was more of the same as Huntington upped their advantage to 30 by the 17:09 mark. The lead would hover right around the 30-point mark the rest of the way but this time it was scoring by committee as ten of the 11 Foresters who saw action in the final twenty minutes found their way into the scoring column.

In addition to Platt’s 38 and Bush’s 12, Woll and Arens also scored in double digits for the Foresters with 17 and 15 points respectively. Woll ripped down a game-high ten boards to join Bush in a double double effort.

Vonzell Groom topped the Lakers with 16 points. Jermaine Carter and Sean Saintelus added 13 points each while Gilbert Carter tossed in ten.

Both teams shot similarly with HU going 38-for-81 for 46.9 percent while Wright State went 33-for-73 for 45.2 percent but the difference came behind the arc and at the charity stripe. Huntington outscored the Lakers 53-36 from three-point land and canned 17 of their 22 free throws while the visitors got to the line just seven times where they connected on three. Coach Platt’s crew also dominated the glass 58-31 which included 20 offensive caroms for 18 points.

Huntington wraps up its pre-Christmas schedule on Tuesday when they face Lawrence Tech 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.