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The men’s basketball team went up against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in perhaps HBU’s final homecoming basketball game, and came out with a huge victory of 108-47 Nov. 3.
Head Coach Ron Cottrell said he was very happy with how the team looked in this exhibition game.
“Our defense is looking very sound,” Cottrell said. “The offense still needs some work but at this point in the season our defense looks very good.”
The Huskies limited Hillsdale to only 28 points in the first half and then held them to only 19 points in the second half.
Sophomore Tyler Russell went 6 for 8 on field goals, had one 3-point shot and went 3 for 3 on free throws. Russell also credited the defense for the win Nov. 3.
“We played hard and were able to hold them, and that’s what we need to do to win,” Russell said.
The Huskies had 30 defensive rebounds, 13 steals and one blocked shot. Offensively they went 39 for 69 on field goals, 6 for 12 on 3-point shots and 24 for 32 on free throws.
At halftime, the homecoming prince, princess, king and queen were added to the 2012 court. Seniors Haseeb Khatri and Tamara Mathew were named prince and princess, and seniors Alex Solorio and Shannon Saganti were named the University’s king and queen.
The Husky Cup results were also announced. Phi Mu came in 3rd, Phi Kappa Psi came in 2nd and Alpha Chi Omega came in 1st place.
The team does have a lot to focus on for their upcoming season. Senior forward Art Bernardi said he is working on his offense and defense.
“We have to work on being more aggressive on offense,” Bernardi said. “We need to be able to keep up with the defense and put pressure on the other team.”
Cottrell said he wants to have this excitement throughout the year for the team.
“We need to have this kind of excitement both here and on the road,” Cottrell said.
The Huskies will start the season in Hawaii against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Rainbow Classic. This game will also be the basketball team’s ESPN debut.