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Two Plymouth basketball standouts reach University Hall of Fame

November 17, 2011

The 2006 Men’s Huntington University Basketball Team is being honored for the legacy they have left on the Huntington University basketball program. Two members of that squad were former Plymouth standouts.   Plymouth’s second All-Time Leading scorer, Kyle Benge (1,979 pts) was a member of the that Huntington ballclub.   Benge played at Plymouth from 2002-2005.    Also Geoff Scheetz who played at Plymouth (593 pts) from 2002-2005 will be honored.

It was a fairy tale season for the 2006 Forester team as they are the only squad in the University’s history to make it to an NAIA National Championship Game.  After clinching the MCC title to earn an automatic bid to the national tournament, the Foresters skated through the opening rounds of the tourney, winning their first four games by an average of 18.5 points, before coming up short against host College of the Ozarks in the tournament’s final game.

Led by All-American Alex Kock, the Foresters finished the season with a 32-6 record, the second most wins recorded in HU history.

They dominated the opposition, outscoring opponents on average by over 12 points per contest. This highly touted and talented crew led the NAIA Division II in free throw percentage by knocking down 78.8 percent of their free tosses. They also finished second in the nation in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent, fifth in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.8 percent and sixth in scoring margin at 12.3.

Members of the team included Kyle Benge, Todd Dale, Kyle Ganton, Ben Haifley, James Haifley, Alex Kock, Seth Lochmueller, Geoff Scheetz, Doug Sheckler, Steve Snider, Ryne Thornton, Chase Verba, Jared Yoder, Rob Richards (Student Manager), Steve Platt (Head Coach), Ty Platt (Associate Head Coach) and Mark Green (Assistant Coach).