Late rush comes up short for Foresters against IWU

A late rush came up short for the Huntington University men’s basketball team in a 104-98 loss to host No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The Foresters, 16-12 overall and 6-10 in the Crossroads League, were down by 18 points with just 3:55 left in the game, but Konner Platt, Peyton West and Andrew Yoder each hit a couple of three-pointers over the next three-plus minutes to push HU to within a gasp, but IWU was able to hang on for its 24th win in 28 games, 13th in 16 CL outings.

Zac Owens led five Foresters in double figures with 24 points. Platt had 21, West had 19, Caleb Middlesworth tossed in 15 and Yoder notched 11.

The Foresters stayed right with the Wildcats in the first half, the game being tied at 44-all at intermission. IWU slowly built a double-figure lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Kyle Mangas, the leading scorer in the CL, lived up to his billing with a game-high 38 points, hitting 15 of 21 shots from the field, including 6 of 7 from three-point land. Grant Smith added 31 points, including hitting 17 of 19 from the free-throw line, Evan Maxwell scored 17 and Joe Okafor had 11.

Both teams shot well for the afternoon. The Foresters hit 37 of 72 from the field for 51.4 percent and hit 6 of 8 free throw tries for 75 percent and the Wildcats hit 35 of 66 fielders for 53 percent and 24 of 27 from the stripe for 88.9 percent.

IWU dominated the glass to the tune of 44-24. West had seven rebounds to lead HU.

Owens had six assists and Platt four for HU.