In front of the faithful fans who braved the first snow of the year, the 23rd-ranked HU men's basketball
team (10-1) grabbed their tenth win of the season with a 84-70 decision over the Warriors of Rochester College (6-4).
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw six ties and nine lead changes. With the score tied 19-19 midway through the period, Kellen Zawadzki tossed in two freebies and drained a three to spark a 11-2 run that gave HU the largest lead of the half at 30-21. The Warriors returned the favor with a 13-4 run that included three treys to tie things back up at 34-34 with 2:27 on the clock. The Foresters closed out the half with lay-ups by Zawadzki and Caleb Kennedy to take a 40-36 lead into the locker room.
HU shot 40.0 percent (12-for-30) for the half with the bulk of scoring coming from the guard play of Zawadzki and Tyler Shively who each tossed in 12 points. The Warriors kept things close by knocking down 51.7 percent of their first half shots which included 4-for-6 from behind the arc.
Zawdzki and Kennedy opened up the second half how they finished the first with back-to-back buckets to give HU a quick eight-point lead at 44-36 but the Warriors took advantage of the Foresters' sloppy play to reel off the next ten points for a 49-46 advantage at the 15:03 mark. Shively then knocked down his third trey of the evening and followed that up with an old fashioned three-point play to put HU back on top 51-49. It was just the lift HU needed as they went on to outscore the Warriors 22-5 over the next seven minutes to go up 74-54 at the seven minute mark. Rochester would whittle the lead to nine with less than two minutes left in the contest but the Foresters connected on 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to hold off the Warriors for the win.
Shively led all scorers with 29 points. Other double digit scorers for HU were Kennedy with 17 and Zawadzki with 14. The Warriors were led by Michael Graham's 21 points and four assists. Maques Ewell added 20 points and Ricky Doran finished with a double double of 12 points and a game-high ten boards.
The Foresters are back at home on Saturday when they host MCC rival Taylor University at 3:00 p.m.