In the first game of the Huntington University Classic, the Foresters hosted 18th-ranked NAIA Division I Georgetown College and came away with a 78-73 upset over the Tigers.
Georgetown came out strong in the early going and built an eight-point lead at 13-5 through the first four minutes of play. Following an HU timeout, the Foresters (2-0) scored seven unanswered points to pull within one at 13-12, but the Tigers ran off seven consecutive points of their own to pus their advantage back to eight. A layup by Jenna Donaldson ended Georgetown’s streak and ignited another Forester charge that put HU in front at 24-22 at the 7:39 mark. Things remained tight the rest of the half with seven lead changes and five ties that included a 37-37 score at the break.
As the second half got underway, both teams continued to battle for the momentum that could sway things in their favor. With the score knotted at 49-49 with 14:26 to play, HU finally put together a 12-3 run to mount a nine-point lead, but the Tigers didn’t go away. Georgetown fought back to within two at 71-69 with a little over three minutes to play, but three-point play by Lauren Davenport extended the margin back to five at the 2:15 mark. Two free throws from Ashley Bell made it 74-71, but Donaldson hit four consecutive free throws down the stretch to seal the Forester upset.
Donaldson led a trio of double digit scorers for HU with 21 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sarah Miller finished with 17 points and Davenport chipped in 12 points and six assists. Georgetown put four in double figures with Bell topping the list with 21. The Foresters shot the ball well at 54.1% (27-50) while the Tigers were just 24-60 for 40%.
In the second game of the Classic, it was Indiana Wesleyan University outlasting Judson University 59-57. Tomorrow’s matchups include Indiana Wesleyan taking on Georgetown at 1:00 p.m. and Huntington hosting Judson at 3:00 p.m.