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Strong second half lifts HU to 80-62 over Marygrove in season opener

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester men’s basketball team relied on a strong second half to run away from Marygrove College 80-62 in their season opener on Friday night of the Forester Classic at Platt Arena.

After playing to a 36-36 halftime deadlock, Huntington took what proved to be a permanent advantage on a put-back by Austin Karazsia with just a minute gone by in the second period. The Mustangs stayed within striking distance, trimming the lead to just one at 47-46 by the 12:49 mark, before Huntington’s guards took matters into their own hands.

Mike Bush was the main culprit. The 5-7 playmaker knocked down three triples to spearhead a 16-4 spurt that ballooned the lead to 63-50 with just under nine minutes remaining. Konner Platt and Devon Merder teamed up to score the other seven points.

It was the beginning of the end as Coach Platt’s crew owned a double digit lead the rest of the way which included growing the advantage to as many as 24 before settling for the 18-point spread by the final horn.

Bush finished with 16 points and a game-best 12 assists for the double double. Tyler Arens came off the bench to add 15 points and pull down a game-high seven rebounds. Merder and Platt each finished with 11 points.  

Nate Taylor collected 12 points for the Mustangs while Isaac Gillum and Angus Bennett chipped in 11 and ten points respectively.

Huntington outplayed their visitors in nearly every statistical category. HU shot 46.7 percent (28-for-60) for the game while limiting the Mustangs to 41.9 percent (26-for-62) shooting. They also enjoyed a 40-35 rebounding advantage and committed just ten turnovers to MC’s 14.

HU also got to the line twice as often as Marygrove, connecting on 14 of their 19 attempts while the Mustangs went just 3-for-9.

The Foresters (1-0) are back in action on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. to take on Cumberland University (TN).

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.