HU men outlast IU Northwest in Ness Bros. HOF tilt

Mason Coverstone (left), a junior on the Huntington University men’s basketball team, twists around a pair of defenders as he elevates for a layup during a game against visiting Indiana University Northwest in the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament on Friday, Nov. 10. The Foresters beat the Redhawks, 99-92.
Mason Coverstone (left), a junior on the Huntington University men’s basketball team, twists around a pair of defenders as he elevates for a layup during a game against visiting Indiana University Northwest in the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament on Friday, Nov. 10. The Foresters beat the Redhawks, 99-92. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team outlasted visiting Indiana University Northwest, 99-92, on Friday, Nov. 10, to advance to the championship game of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament.

Huntington and IU Northwest kept things close for the balance of their contest. The first half alone saw the two teams play to 11 ties before the Foresters built a 54-49 lead that they took into the break. In the second stanza, Coach Ty Platt’s squad managed to stay on top until the 9:39 mark, when a three by the Redhawks’ Rashad Richardson put the guests in front, 77-76. Although that lead would prove to be short-lived, Northwest kept pace with Huntington and knotted the game up at 83-83 with 5:52 to play.

That, however, is when the Foresters went on a run that would propel them to the victory. Freshman Junior Scott kicked things off with a basket, then assisted on a bucket by freshman Zac Owens. Junior Tyler Arens scored off a pass from senior Devon Merder, got fouled and cashed in on the ensuing freebie. After a pair of free throws by Richardson for the Redhawks, Huntington’s Mike Bush drained a three to give the hosts a 93-85 advantage with 3:59 remaining that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Arens led the Foresters with 28 points and 11 rebounds. His efforts on the glass help give them a 52-40 advantage in that department.

Bush finished with 27 points for Huntington. The point guard made sure to get his teammates involved, dishing out nine assists. Senior Trevor Lockwood rounded out the team’s double-digit efforts with an 11-point outing.

The Foresters converted 32 of 73 field goal attempts for 43.8 percent and 24 of 32 free throw tries for 75 percent.

Northwest, 2-3, was paced by Richardson, who scored 22 points. James Nabors tossed in 15 points while Chris Dixon-Williams and Armoni Shorter chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Redhawks shot 34 for 76 from the field for 44.7 percent and 13 for 19 at the charity stripe for 68.4 percent.