Bethel scores early and often to defeat Foresters

Huntington University forward Hank Pulver shoots a jumper against visiting Bethel on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost, 87-61.
Huntington University forward Hank Pulver shoots a jumper against visiting Bethel on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost, 87-61. Photo by Steve Clark.

Ninth-ranked Bethel scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back on the way to beating the Huntington University men’s basketball team, 87-61, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Platt Arena.

Bethel, 16-2 overall and 4-2 in the Crossroads League, took a 46-30 lead at halftime over the Foresters, 9-9 overall and 1-5 in the CL.

Konner Platt led HU with 21 points. Hank Pulver notched 12 points and Klajd Kiri tossed in a season-best 11.

Grant Gelon led Bethel with 18 points. Nathan Aerts came off the Pilot bench with 14 points and Maxwell Newman and Keonte Jenkins each had 11.

HU hit 23 of 54 shots from the field for 42.6 percent and added 8 of 12 from the free-throw line for 66.7 percent. Bethel hit 30 of 67 shots from the field for 44.8 percent and went 17 of 23 from the stripe for 73.9 percent.

Kiri added eight rebounds to his day’s work. Platt had seven caroms and Andrew Yoder had six for the Foresters, who finished with 37 rebounds, matching Bethel’s production.