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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:40 pm

Area college basketball

Huntington men upset No. 3 Saint Francis


Huntington pulled a major upset Tuesday night, shocking NAIA Division II No. 3 St. Francis 97-71 at Platt Arena in Huntington. The Foresters (11-16, 7-8 Crossroads League) raced out to a big lead in the first half, taking a 53-28 advantage into halftime and pushing the lead over 30 in the second half.

St. Francis (22-5, 12-3) had won three games in a row coming in, but shot just 4 for 17 from beyond the arc and was outrebounded 35-23. Huntington shot well all night, pouring in more than 65 percent of its shots from the field, close to 20 percent better than its season average. Sophomore guard Konner Platt was especially accurate, knocking down 5 of 6 3-pointers and totaling 19 points.

It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Cougars, who had not lost by more than 10 points in any previous game. Leading scorer Bryce Lienhoop tallied19 points in the losing effort, including a 7-for-7 performance from the foul line.

Sophomore guard Mike Bush led all scorers with 20 points for the Foresters, going 8 for 12 from the field and also grabbing five rebounds. Senior center Trevor Lockwood chipped in a double-double, posting 13 points and 10 rebounds, helping Huntington bounce back from a 100-73 defeat against Indiana Wesleyan in its most recent game. 

MARIAN 81, GRACE 76: Marian (18-9, 8-7 Crossroads League) took a 7-point lead into halftime and held on to win its second straight road game. Reggie Kissoonlal scored a game-high 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting, posting at least 20 for the third consecutive game. Guard Wes Stowers added 21 points, giving him exactly 600 for the season. Junior Logan Godfrey led the Lancers (10-17, 3-12) with 23 points in Grace's third straight loss.