Huntington, Ind. - In a well-played game that came down to the wire, it was the 4th-ranked Lancers of Grace College who came away with the 77-75 MCC road win against the HU men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon.
While it would have been easy for Coach Platt’s youthful squad to back down to one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, the Foresters rose to the occassion to match the Lancers in nearly every statistical category.
HU shot the ball well going 30-for-54 for 55.6% as did the Lancers who knocked down 29 of their 53 attempts for 54.7%. The Foresters dished out 19 assists while only committing 11 turnovers compared to Grace’s 12 assists and 12 turnovers. Grace held a 30-25 rebounding edge.
Caleb Kennedy made sure the Foresters got off to a solid start by scoring six of the first eight points to give HU an early 8-0 lead. He then teamed up with Shane Merryman to account for all but eight of the Foresters’ first half points while Bruce Grimm netted 13 first half points to level the playing field at 31-31 by halftime.
The first ten minutes of the second half belonged to the Lancers as they grew their lead to as many as six but a Nick Teeter trey at the midway point knotted things up at 52-52 to spark an eight-minute game of ping pong that featured five ties and three lead changes.
Down by one with less than 90 ticks remaining, Kennedy gave the HU hopefuls something to cheer about when he drew a charge to give the Foresters a chance to take the lead but it wasn't to be as Tyler Ault's three was off the mark. Grace tracked down the loose ball and then proceeded to go 4-for-6 from the charity stripe to ward off the upset.
Kennedy led HU with 24 points and a team-high five assists. Merryman added 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting while Ryan Boester finished with 15 points, four assists and four rebounds. Grace's Grimm topped all scorers with 27 points. Duke Johnson tossed in 18 points and grabbed a game-high six boards. Elliot Smith was the only other Lancer in double digits with ten.
Huntington (8-3, 1-2) takes the court again on Tuesday when they host Rochester College at 7:00 p.m.