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Quick start spurs Knights to 77-60 win over HU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Marian University Knights snapped a three-game skid at the expense of the Forester men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. The visitors jumped out to an 8-0 advantage and never looked back on the way to a 77-60 win.

With this win, the Knights improve to 13-15 on the year, 4-12 in league play while HU drops to 15-13 overall, 6-10 in CL action. With two regular season games remaining, Huntington is tied for seventh with Grace while MU is sitting in ninth.

HU never fully recovered from their slow start but never threw in the towel. Behind 16 first half points from Wes Stowers, the league’s second leading scorer, the Knights ballooned their lead to 19 at 40-21 with just over five minutes remaining in the frame.

But a scrappy Forester crew rallied behind a pair of triples by Konner Platt and two buckets down low by Daniel Woll to outscore MU 13-2 over the next three minutes to trim the lead to eight before settling for a 45-34 deficit by intermission.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the second half as together they managed just 20 field goals in the final twenty minutes but the Knights got the lift they needed at the free throw line. They shot 14 freebies, connecting on 11, while the Foresters got there just five times for three points.

MU also committed just two miscues in the period to finish with eight turnovers, the fourth time this season they’ve made single-digit mistakes. When all was said and done, the hosts trimmed the lead to ten early in the second half but would get no closer the rest of the afternoon.

The Foresters have proven themselves as one of the best shooting teams in the nation. They entered the contest shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc to rank 4th and 5th respectively in NAIA Division II in field goal and three-point field goal percentage.

Today, however, they finished 46.4 percent from the floor (26-for-56) which included going a disappointing 4-for-22 from deep and added just four free throws to settle for a season-low 60 points.

Woll and Platt finished with 12 points apiece to pace the Foresters. Woll also handed out a game-high six assists. Mason Coverstone chipped in 11 points and corralled a team-best six rebounds.  

Marian was led by Stowers who finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Curtis Green and KC Earls added 14 and 13 points respectively.

The Foresters will honor their two seniors, Woll and Austin Karazsia, in their last home game Tuesday against Taylor 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.