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SAU gets revenge with 85-72 win over HU

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – After suffering a lopsided 84-54 loss to the HU men’s basketball team earlier this month, the Cougars of Spring Arbor University returned the favor Saturday afternoon at SAU Fieldhouse by notching an 85-72 win over the Foresters to even up the regular season series.

With this loss, Huntington drops to 14-10 overall, 5-7 in league action while Spring Arbor improves to 14-10 overall, 6-6 in Crossroads League play.

Huntington shot an uncharacteristic 36.1 percent in the first half to find themselves behind the eight ball by intermission. While the rims were unkind to the visitors through the opening 20 minutes, Coach Platt’s crew still managed to enjoy several leads before the Cougars outscored their visitors by seven in the final 1:07 to take a 41-33 advantage into the locker room.

The eight point difference proved to be the biggest gap between the two teams up to that point.

Unfortunately, Spring Arbor showed no signs of slowing down in the second half as they spent the first ten minutes more than doubling their lead for a 63-43 advantage. Not much went right for the visitors during that ten-minute stretch as they managed just ten points while coughing up the ball six times.

After a series of line-up changes, the Foresters found new life with about five minutes to go. Down by 16, Ren Crump scored six points to spearhead a 13-3 run capped off with an Austin Karazsia triple that pulled HU within six at 72-66 with just under two minutes to play.

Running out of time and forced to foul, Huntington could only watch as their deficit balloon back to double digits by game’s end as SAU went 13-for-15 at the line in the closing minutes of play.

Daniel Woll scored 16 points in the losing effort. Mason Coverstone added 11 points while Mike Bush dished out a game-best six assists and Karazsia pulled down a team-high ten rebounds.

SAU landed four Cougars in double digits with Paul Marandet and Drew Zuidema each pouring in 18. Thomas Starks and Zach Medendorp tallied 15 and 12 points respectively.

Huntington finished the game 29-for-68 from the field for 42.6 percent while Spring Arbor managed 40.9 percent from the floor (27-for-66). But SAU’s mainstay came by way of the charity stripe where then went 23-for-29 for 79.3 percent.

The Foresters are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Grace College for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Lancers.

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.