HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s basketball team (2-1) handed Concordia University (Mich.) (0-3) a 74-60 loss in first round action of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament to advance to the championship game where they will take on Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.
In a game they never trailed, Huntington set the tone within the first 90 seconds by knocking down back-to-back-to-back treys to race out to a 9-0 lead. The next eight minutes was a defensive battle as the Cardinals clawed their way back to trim the lead to one at 16-15.
TJ Short got HU back on track offensively by scoring six of his nine first half points to give the Foresters a little breathing room. Platt’s squad went on to hold their visitors to six points over the final ten minutes of the half to balloon their lead to 13 at 34-21 by halftime.
Huntington was able to maintain their double digit lead throughout the second half as Concordia would get no closer than 11 points. The Foresters kept their distance by forcing 16 Cardinal miscues and going 14-for-25 from the field for 56.0 percent in the final twenty minutes. They closed out the contest by going 8-for-10 from the charity stripe to seal the win.
HU shot 47.5 percent (28-for-59) for the game while holding Concordia to 40.4 percent (23-for-57). The Foresters also enjoyed a 39-30 rebounding advantage.
Short finished with a game-high 24 points. Shane Merryman added 15 points while Alec Peterson was a rebound away from a double double with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Chatavius Turner came off the bench for Concordia to record a team-high 16 points. John Schaeffer was the only other Cardinal to reach double digits with 14 points.