SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – After suffering two straight losses by a combined three points, the Spring Arbor University men's basketball team bounced back with a big win over Crossroads League rival Huntington University on Saturday, defeating the Foresters 85-72.
The win evened the Cougars' league record at 6-6, moving them into a tie for fourth place in the standings.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 85, Huntington 72
LOCATION: SAU Fieldhouse | Spring Arbor, Mich.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 14-10 (6-6 CL), Huntington 14-10 (5-7 CL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Spring Arbor and Huntington traded the lead seven different times in the first 15 minutes of the game before back-to-back buckets from Caleb Hogans gave the Cougars the lead for good.
- SAU led by one, 34-33, with just over a minute to play in the first half, but a 7-0 run put the Cougars on top 41-33 at halftime. Zach Medendorp started the scoring spurt with four straight points and Thomas Starks capped it with a three-pointer just before the buzzer.
- The Cougars quickly pushed their advantage to double digits in the second half, leading by as many as 20.
- With five minutes to play in the contest, Huntington made one last push to close the gap. Trailing 69-55, the Foresters used an 11-3 to get within six at the 1:56 mark. However, Zuidema would help clinch the victory for the Cougars with 10 made free throws down the stretch.
FOR THE COUGARS
- Zuidema and Paul Marandet paced Spring Arbor with 18 points apiece. Zuidema was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe while Marandet six rebounds and six assists. Starks registered his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards.
- Medendorp also scored in double figures with 12 points. The league leader in blocks also turned away four shots. Tommy Hamilton chipped in eight points while Xavier Prather stuffed the stat sheet with five points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
- Spring Arbor shot 52 percent (17-for-33) from the field in the first half, but ended the afternoon at 41 percent (27-for-66). The Cougars went 23-for-29 at the free throw line while allowing the Foresters to get to the charity stripe just 12 times.
- The win was the 14th of the season for SAU, the most in a single season since 2012-13 when the Cougars posted 23 victories.
FOR THE FORESTERS
- Daniel Woll finished with 16 points and Mason Coverstone added 11 to lead Huntington.
- The Foresters entered the game ranked second in the country in field goal percentage and seventh in three-point field goal percentage, but struggled to find its rhythm against one of the NAIA's best defenses in Spring Arbor. HU connected on 43 percent (29-for-68) of its attempts, but was only 6-for-22 from behind the arc.
- Huntington was out-rebounded 46-38 on the afternoon.
Spring Arbor will host Mount Vernon Nazarene University (17-7, 6-6 CL) on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
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