HU shooting woes help Taylor to win

The Huntington University men's basketball team chose senior night to have it's poorest home shooting display of the year and wound up with an 81-71 loss to visiting Taylor on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Coach Ty Platt's crew connected on just 26 of 64 shots from the field for 40.6 percent, including hitting just 11 of 31 in the second half for 35.5 percent, on the way to falling for 15-14 on the season, 6-11 in the Crossroads League.

Freshman Konner Platt paced HU in both scoring and rebounding, collecting 14 points and eight boards. Daniel Woll, playing his last regular season home game, had 12 points, and fellow senior Austin Karazsia added 10. Devon Merder and Mason Converstone notched 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Taylor, 19-10, had a three-point lead at halftime at 41-38, but made its big move in a three-minute stretch in the second half when it turned a one-point deficit into a 10-point lead. With HU up 47-46 at the 15-minute mark, Taylor ran off 11 straight points to seize control of the contest at 57-47 with 11:21 remaining. The Foresters twice cut the margin down to six points but could get no closer.

Keaton Hendricks led Taylor with a game-high 19 points. Jake Heggeland added 16, Eric Cellier had 15 and Tim Fleming tossed in 14.

Mike Bush led HU with 10 assists and Coverstone added four.

Taylor hit 25 of 65 shots from the field for 38.5 percent and hit 22 of 28 free throw tries for 78.6 percent.

HU hit 11 of 13 free throw tries for 84.6 percent.