HU has chances but comes up short to Madonna

Huntington University guard Peyton West lines up a jumper over a Madonna defender on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Platt Arena. West tallied 20 but HU lost, 86-85.
Huntington University guard Peyton West lines up a jumper over a Madonna defender on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Platt Arena. West tallied 20 but HU lost, 86-85. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team had several chances to win at the end but couldn’t put anything in the bank and wound up losing an 86-85 heartbreaker to visiting ninth-ranked Madonna on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23.

After Dwight Burton put Madonna up by one with 52 seconds left, Konner Platt hit a shot in the paint and got fouled, but the senior missed the mark on his free throw and HU trailed with 37 seconds left. Ten seconds later Caleb Middlesworth missed a shot but HU got the ball back with five seconds left on the clock, only to lose the ball as time expired.

Platt scored 22 points and Peyton West notched 20 to lead HU, 4-3 on the season. Spencer Ballinger added 16 points and Middlesworth had 15.

Joshua Reynolds scored a game-high 30 points and Burton tossed in 24 to be the main problems for HU on the defensive side. Henry Speight had 13 for Madonna, which has won seven straight games since starting its season with two losses.

HU held a 40-39 lead after the first half. The game was tied 11 times on the afternoon.

Platt also led HU in assists with four, and West had three.

Middlesworth was the rebound leader with eight.

West fired in 8 of 10 shots from the field, including 4 of 6 from three-point land, as HU was 32 of 64 from the field for 50 percent. The Foresters hit 12 of 16 freebies for 66.7 percent.

Madonna nailed 32 of 63 from the field for 50.8 percent and hit 12 of 13 from the stripe for 92.3 percent.