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#8 Trinity Int’l crowned Hall of Fame tourney champs with 90-77 win over HU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - No. 8 Trinity International University’s big push in the final five minutes of play was enough to earn a 90-77 win and be deemed the 2017 Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament Champions over the Forester men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.

With just two points separating the two teams, 75-73 advantage Trojans, with 4:36 on the clock, everything fell into place for the visitors as they cashed in on seven of their last ten possessions to enjoy a 15-4 run that made for the 13-point disparity by the final horn.

The end result was not indicative of the first 35 minutes of the game as the Foresters were the aggressors through the opening 20 minutes and into the second half. After jumping out to a 15-5 advantage behind eight points from Andrew Yoder, HU gave up the lead for a handful of possessions before closing out the frame on an 8-0 run for a 43-36 lead by intermission.

Scoring was a shared responsibility for HU in the first half as evidenced by eight Foresters finding their way into the scoring column and 15 of their 18 field goals assisted.

Huntington’s seven-point tilt was quickly erased to start the second half as the Trojans rattled off 11 straight points to seize the lead at 47-46. Five quick points from Mike Bush turned things back around for HU. Konner Platt’s bucket at the 14:34 mark grew Huntington’s lead to six at 55-49 but it proved to be a short-lived advantage as just over 60 seconds later the Trojans pushed in front 56-55 with 13 minutes to go.  

HU would take the lead one more time and force the game’s third tie before Trinity International claimed a permanent advantage. That advantage stayed within two possessions for all but one trip up and down the floor for the next seven minutes until TIU’s near perfect final five minutes of play.

Tyrone Carey was Trinity’s main stay offensively as he topped all scorers with 31 points which included scoring five points in the final minute of play and not surprisingly, was voted the tournament MVP. He had plenty of help from brothers Greg and Jeremy Carlyle who scored 15 and 13 points respectively with each adding four points in the Trojans’ final spurt. Greg Carlyle also handed out a team-best six assists.

Thadeous Johnson logged his team’s only double double with ten points and a game-tying ten rebounds. O’Shae Williams, voted to the All-Tournament Team, added ten points to round out Trinity’s double digit scoring.  As a team, the Trojans shot 46.9 percent (30-for-64) from the field which included 13 three-pointers while connecting on 11 of their 16 free throws.

Bush led a balanced Forester attack with 14 points and a game-best nine assists. Konner Platt finished with 13 points with nine coming from long range. Yoder established a new career high of 12 points.  Tyler Arens also tossed in 12 to go along with a game-tying ten boards for his third double double of the year.

Bush and Arens were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Foresters finished 30-for-64 from the field for 46.9 percent. One-third of their field goals were long balls while they scored seven points from the charity stripe. Rebounds were a wash as both teams snagged 36 but the Trojans committed just 11 turnovers to HU’s 17.

HU (2-3) is back in action on Tuesday with their first road trip of the year to Wright State University Lake for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Lakers.

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 274 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.