Cougar Basketball Game Recap
First-Half Deficit Does in Cougars in
90-67 Loss at Huntington
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (2-4-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball
team found itself trailing by 28 points
after the first half and could never recover
as the Cougars fell 90-67 at Huntington
(Ind.) University in Mid-Central College
Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The host Foresters (15-11, 7-7 MCC), who
received votes in the latest NAIA Division
II poll, came out on fire to start the game
as Huntington shot a blistering 72 percent
from the field (18-for-25) over the first 20
minutes of action including a 9-of-10
showing from beyond the 3-point arc in
building a commanding 50-22 lead by
halftime. Nick Teeter went 5-for-5 from
3-point range as he scored 17 points, and
Caleb Kennedy added 14 points.
guard Robbie Taylor (left)
led MVNU (9-17, 3-11 MCC) with eight
first-half points as he went 6-for-6 at the
free throw line, while sophomore wing Austin
Semple and senior forward Danil Zakhlebnyy
each added six points apiece. The Cougars
shot just 29.2 percent from the field
(7-for-24), missed all six of their 3-point
attempts, and went 8-for-9 at the charity
stripe (88.9 percent).
lead grew to as much as 58-25 four minutes
into the second half when MVNU began to
whittle away at the margin. The Cougars
pulled to within 66-43 with 10:36 to play on
a trey by Taylor.
extended their advantage back out to 70-43
with 9:33 remaining, MVNU was again able to
close the gap to 82-65 with 2:33 to go on a
layup by Taylor.
That would be as
close as the Cougars would get, though, as
Huntington ended the game on an 8-2 run to
post the 90-67 victory.
finished with 20 points to lead MVNU, while
Zakhlebnyy added 15 points off the bench.
Semple and junior guard Ben Severns
contributed 12 points each, and sophomore
post Caleb Williams grabbed a team-high
eight rebounds. The Cougars shot 38.6
percent from the field (22-for-57), 30.4
percent from 3-point range (7-for-23), and
84.2 percent from the free throw line
(16-for-19). They also forced the Foresters
into 16 turnovers while only committing 10
Kennedy led Huntington
with 24 points and nine rebounds, while
Teeter finished with 17 points. Ryan Boester
also tossed in 16 points, and the Foresters
posted a 38-25 rebounding advantage.
Huntington shot 55.1 percent from the field
(27-for-49), 70.6 percent from 3-point range
(12-for-17), and 75 percent from the free
throw line (24-for-32).
will be back in action on Tuesday when they
will host Goshen (Ind.) College in another
MCC game that will tip off at 7 p.m.