Huntington, Ind. - It wasn't exactly how the seniors wanted their last regular season home to go as the Cougars of Spring Arbor University (17-13, 9-7) pulled off the 73-70 upset over the Huntington University Foresters (20-9, 8-7) on senior night at the Merillat Complex.
After knocking down three of their first four shots, it looked like the Foresters were ready to pounce on the Cougars but things quickly took a turn for the worse. HU went nearly five minutes without scoring but were fortunate to only find themselves down 11-6 at the 13:00 minute mark.
Chris Kent buried a three to end HU's drought and then Kellen Zawadzki took matters into his own hands by scoring the next seven points to push the Foresters back on top 16-13 midway through the half. The next six minutes were forgettable as neither team was able to generate much offense but back-to-back treys by sophomore guards Chris Bellamy and Matt VanPelt sparked a 15-5 run that gave the Cougars a 36-27 lead at halftime.
Tyler Shively drained a three just seconds into the final stanza to give the rather subdued home crowd something to cheer about. The Foresters went on to trim the lead to three at 42-39 but the Cougars responded with a 12-6 run to stretch the lead back to a nine with just over 12 minutes remaining.
With the Cougars stuck on 56 for over three minutes, it was a golden opportunity for the Foresters to surge ahead but the rims were unkind as HU found themselves stuck on 52 for just as long. Huntington stayed within striking distance over the final seven minutes and finally whittled the lead to one at 69-68 with just over 30 seconds remaining but Spring Arbor went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to stifle any hope of a Forester comeback.
Shively paced HU with 24 points. Zawadzki chipped in 20 and Caleb Kennedy tossed in 12 points and ripped down a game-high nine boards. Willie Pickvet led all scorers with 29 points. Joining him in double digits was Chris Bellamy with 14 and DJ Baisden with 13.
With this win, the Cougars take over the fourth spot in conference standings but the Foresters can reclaim fourth place with a win over Saint Francis on Saturday.