In first round MCC tournament action, the NAIA 7th-ranked Huntington College Foresters (21-9) outlasted a feisty Bethel College (17-14) squad to pick up the 88-79 win. The Pilots, who lost 80-77 to the Foresters last week, were ready for a rematch. Early in the contest, the teams traded baskets and were tied at 14-14 seven minutes in when a couple threes seemed to sway the momentum in the Pilots favor. Bethel put a 15-4 run on the Foresters and took its largest lead of the game at 34-21 on a jumper by Traver Griffin with just over five minutes left in the half. Following a Huntington timeout, the Foresters began to claw their way back into the game. An Alex Kock trey just four seconds before the halftime buzzer cut the Pilots’ lead to 38-35 at the break. The second half started much like the first with both teams answering the other until a jumper by Kock gave Huntington a 52-50 lead, one they would not give up. The Foresters gradually pushed their advantage to 67-60 with 7:43 to play, but Bethel still had another run left. The Pilots cut Huntington’s lead to two on four occasions, the last at 76-74 with two minutes to go. On Huntington’s next possession, Kyle Ganton grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in to give the Foresters a four-point cushion with 1:48 on the clock. The Pilots then began to send Huntington to the charity stripe and the Foresters were a perfect 10-10 to close out the win and eliminate Bethel from the tournament. Huntington’s Steve Snider made a big impact in the paint going 11-15 from the field and 2-3 from the line to lead all scorers with 24 points. Snider also grabbed a game-high 10 boards for the Foresters. Other double digit scorers for Huntington include Kock with 19, Ganton with 15, and Chase Verba with 11. Adrick Hills had 20 points to lead the Pilots. The Foresters continue on to the semi-finals of the MCC Tournament on Saturday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. when they host the Grace College Lancers who knocked off Marian College 73-68 in their first round game.