Dec. 22, 2009
Story courtesy of Warner Sports Information
LAKE WALES, Fla. – In a matchup of Top 25 teams, the #16 Warner (Fla.) University Royals took down #12 Huntington University (Ind.) Foresters by a score of 52-43 on Monday night (Dec. 21). The win moves the Royals to 7-2 while the Foresters fall to 12-3 with the loss.
In first half action, the Royals and Foresters struggled to find some offense. Kellen Zawadzki put Huntington on the board with a jumper in the lane 1:54 into the game. The Royals would take the lead, 11-10, on a Durell Sykes free throw six minutes later and maintained the advantage all the way to the break and went in at halftime up 22-20.
Derell Henderson and Mirnes Islamovic led the Royals’ attack posting six and five points respectively in first half action. Henderson was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free throw line in the half.
In the second half, Kellen Zawadzki again opened the Forester attack nailing a three pointer a minute in to give Huntington a one point lead, 23-22. Over the next eight minutes the Royals and Foresters would trade blows matching each other shot for shot. A Durell Sykes tip-in with 11:05 left gave the Royals a 31-29 lead. It was a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way, extending it to as many as 11 at one point before ending the game with a 52-43 final.
Henderson finished with a game high 13 points and 10 rebounds collecting his third double-double of the season while shooting a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. As a team the Royals shot 75% from the charity stripe. Adam Branch was the other Royal in double digits as he poured in 12 points and collected 7 boards. David Westberry and Brennan Taylor orchestrated the offense with nine combined assists.
Tyler Shively and Kellen Zawadzki led the Forester offense with 12 and 11 points respectively. Caleb Kennedy led all rebounders with 11
The Royals take a break for Christmas and will be back on the hardwood December 29th and 30th as part of the Royals’ Holiday Inn Express Invitational at the Turner Athletic Center. Game one for the Royals will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29th.