Platt steps up as Foresters hold off IWU

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Konner Platt

Freshman Konner Platt made sure the Huntington University men’s basketball team hung on for a 93-90 win versus Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Platt Arena.

After going into the break with a 42-39 lead, the Foresters gradually expanded their advantage over the course of the second half and led by as many as 12 points, 82-70, with 4:44 left in the game. But the Wildcats, ranked sixth in the nation, weren’t finished. The visitors proceeded to chip away at Huntington’s lead over the following 4:03 and reduced it to a single point, 87-86, with 41 seconds remaining.

That’s when Platt stepped up for the Foresters, scoring the team’s final six points. The talented freshman took a pass from junior Mike Bush and buried a three-pointer. Grant Zawadzki countered with a triple for Indiana Wesleyan, but a foul by Bob Peters sent Platt to the free-throw line, where he made both shots to put the hosts up 92-89 with six seconds left. After a foul by Bush, Saikou Jallow hit one of two freebies for the Wildcats, but Platt iced the game when he got fouled by Lane Mahurin and sank the first of the two shots with just three ticks left on the clock.

For the Foresters, 15-11, 6-8 in Crossroads League play, it’s their first win against the Wildcats since 2011.

Six players posted double-digit scoring totals for Huntington. Sophomore Mason Coverstone led the way with 18 points, followed by Platt, who finished with 16, and sophomore Tyler Arens with 15. Bush produced 12 points and 16 assists while senior Daniel Woll tallied 12 points and junior Trevor Lockwood scored 10.

Arens also corralled nine rebounds for the Foresters, who lost the battle of the boards, 37-32.

Huntington went 34 of 59 from the floor for 57.6 percent and 16 for 25 at the charity stripe for 64 percent.

Indiana Wesleyan, 20-6, 10-4 in league action, was paced by Jacob Johnson, who knocked down a game-high 33 points. Mahurin, Peters and Jallow finished with 16, 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Wildcats hit 35 of 68 field goal tries for 51.5 percent and 13 of 18 freebie attempts for 72.2 percent.