HUNTINGTON, Ind. - For the third time in as many outings, the Forester men’s basketball team came up short as they dropped a 74-65 decision to the hot-handed Knights of Marian University Tuesday night at the Merillat Complex. With this loss, HU drops to 13-10 overall, 5-6 in conference play.
Things started off well for Huntington as they opened up play by drilling a pair of treys. Alec Peterson then came off the bench to score six points to give HU a 17-13 advantage after 11 minutes of play. But the final nine minutes proved disastrous for the Foresters as they only managed nine points of which the Knights took full advantage. Alex Sylvester, this week’s NAIA Division II National Player of the Week, and Jake Sullivan teamed up to score 16 of Marian’s final 22 points to give the visitors a 35-26 halftime lead.
With Caleb Kennedy saddled on the bench in foul trouble within the first two minutes of the second stanza, the Foresters rallied to go on an 18-6 run that turned their ten-point deficit into a two-point lead at 49-47 with just under 11 minutes remaining. Peterson sparked the scoring frenzy with six points while Ryan Boester and Nick Teeter each knocked down a three.
But reminiscent of the first half, Huntington hit a dry spell. After shooting an impressive 9-for-11 through the first nine minutes of the stanza, the Foresters missed seven of their next eight attempts over next ten minuetes to dig themselves in a 69-57 hole. While the Foresters scored eight points in the final 29 seconds, it was too little too late as the Knights cruised to their third straight win.
Peterson tossed in a career best 14 points and ripped down a game-high nine rebounds. Teeter also finished with 14 points to round out HU’s double digit scoring. Aaron Evans topped all scorers with 22 points. Sylvester added 16 points while Sullivan and Eric Harris chipped in 12 and ten points respectively.
The Foresters are back in action on Saturday when they travel to No. 4 Grace College for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.