HU men upset Marian in CL tourney

The Huntington University men’s basketball team took an early lead and never looked back, upsetting host Marian University, 102-91, in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Senior Mike Bush and junior Tyler Arens both scored over 30 points to lead the fifth-seeded Foresters to the upset of the fourth-seeded, No. 24 Knights. With the win, Huntington, 14-17, 9-9 in league play, moves on to the tournament semifinals, where it will face top seed Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m.

Against Marian, Huntington got a three-pointer from Arens a little over six and a half minutes into the contest that gave the team a lead it would never relinquish. The Foresters led 51-45 at halftime and by as many as 16 points in the second half before settling for the 11-point triumph.

Bush recorded a double-double, knocking down a season-high 34 points while dishing out 12 assists. Arens tallied 32 points and corralled a team-best seven rebounds. Junior Mason Coverstone supplemented their efforts with 18 points.

Huntington shot 55.8 percent for the game on 38 of 68 marksmanship, which included a 51.7 percent showing from the beyond the arc on 15 of 29 shooting. At the free throw line, the team hit 11 of 13 shots for 84.6 percent.

Marian, 20-11, 10-8 in conference, was paced by Wes Stowers, who scored 31 points. Reginald Kissoonial added 15 points and grabbed as many rebounds, which helped give the hosts a 38-35 edge on the boards. Andrew Jordan and Christian Stewart both chipped in 13 points to the team’s cause.

The Knights converted 34 of 77 field goal attempts for 44.2 percent and 13 of 16 freebie tries for 81.3 percent.