HU hoopsters triumph over Taylor

The Huntington University men’s basketball team triumphed over visiting Taylor University, 89-83, on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Despite winning by only six points, the Foresters dominated the Trojans for the majority of the contest. Coach Ty Platt’s squad enjoyed a 42-29 lead at halftime and widened its margin to 75-54 with 6:56 remaining in the game. While the visitors showed some fight at the end, the hosts held on and secured their eighth win against three losses.

Huntington, 1-2 in Crossroads League play, was led by Caleb Middlesworth, who scored a game-high 27 points. The freshman burned the nets, burying 10 of 12 shots from the field.

Sophomore Zac Owens tallied 21 points for the Foresters while senior Tyler Arens and junior Konner Platt both tossed in 14 points.

Freshman Peyton West helped facilitate the Huntington offense with 11 assists.

The Foresters converted 33 of 63 field goal attempts 52.4 percent and 9 of 13 free throw tries for 69.2 percent.

Taylor, 4-7, 2-2 in league action, was paced by Ryan Robinson, who netted 25 points, and Mason Degenkolb, who amassed 18.

The Trojans hit 29 of 70 shots from the field for 41.4 percent and 15 of 18 freebie attempts for 83.3 percent.

The squads finished dead even in rebounding, with 38 boards apiece. West led the Foresters with nine caroms.