Foresters Survive Lancers' Scare

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2005-02-01
The NAIA 9th-ranked Foresters survived a scare by the Grace College Lancers with their 77-72 come-from-behind win at the Merillat Complex. The Lancers took advantage of a slow start by HC and built a 23-13 lead midway through the first half, but from there the Foresters outscored Grace 15-6 and headed to the locker room down just one at 29-28. For the first nine minutes of the second half, it was all Lancers as they stretched their half-time lead to 57-45 with 8:44 left to play. Huntington needed something to change the momentum and a full court press did the trick. The Foresters forced Grace into three turnovers and a few quick shots and completed the comeback at 63-63 on a layup by Jared Yoder. The Lancers missed two more field goal attempts while Alex Kock finished an old-fashioned three-point play and added another jumper to put the Foresters up five at 68-63 before Grace’s Joe Saunders stopped the run with a layup in the paint. A tip-in by Adam Bontreger put Huntington up 73-67 with just under a minute to play and the Foresters hit four of six free throws down the stretch to hold off the Lancers. Doug Sheckler came off the bench to lead four Foresters in double figures with 19 points. Kock added 18, Ganton chipped in 13 and Steve Snider finished 12. Andrew Kipsey led Grace with his 19 points. The win moves the Foresters to 17-8 on the season and 9-3 in the MCC.

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