The Huntington College Foresters made an impressive debut in their first national championship. The NAIA Div-II National Tournament was held March 8-14 in Branson, MO. The #2-seed Foresters defeated their first three opponents 99-64, 65-49, 60-47. In the quarterfinal, HC set a defensive record by holding their opponent to the lowest score in tournament history (47 points).
In the semi-final game on March 13, Huntington fell to home-town favorite, College of the Ozarks, in overtime. Throughout regulation play, Ozarks never led the game, but the home-court advantage helped them tie the score 14 seconds before the buzzer. Overtime play was a dog-fight, but Huntington continued to lead until Ozarks drained a 3-pointer with 1 second left in overtime. The final score was 83-81.
While this was a difficult defeat, the 1999-2000 Foresters can look back with pride on the greatest season in 80 years of Huntington College basketball. The team finished the season 34-5, a new school record. They clinched the Mid Central Conference title, and earned several All-Conference and All-American honors.
Huntington College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA, Division II). The Foresters field teams in 14 sports for men and women.