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The No. 16 seeded Huntington University men’s basketball team fell to unseeded Southeastern (Fla.) 84-76 in the first round of the NAIA Division II tournament Wednesday in Point Lookout, Mo.

The Fire outscored the Foresters 55-40 in the second half.

Huntington (24-8) got 28 points from Shane Merryman on 11-of-14 shooting. Daniel Woll added 14 points, and Alec Peterson got 10 points.

Dwayne Johnson led Southeastern (25-6) with 29 points, making 10 of 17 shots.

Both teams shot well, as the Foresters were 30 of 59 (51 percent) and the Fire was 30 of 56 (54 percent).