HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The
No. 20 Forester men’s basketball team wasted little time taking control of
Tuesday’s Crossroads match-up against No. 8 University Saint Francis (15-6). HU
scored the game’s first 11 points on their way to a 72-60 upset over the
With this win, the Foresters (17-4) jump back into a tie with USF for the top
spot in league standings as each have a 7-2 conference record. The victory also
snaps USF’s five-game win streak over Coach Platt and company. HU is now 3-2
against ranked opponents this season.
Both teams entered the contest as two of the best shooting teams in the country
as well as two of the nation’s top defenders, each giving up right around 66
points per night, but on this particular night; it was the Foresters who
outplayed their rankings.
HU canned 9-of-18 from behind the arc to outshoot their No. 6 ranking in
3-point field goal percentage (40.1%) by nearly ten percent. They got it done
on the other end of the floor as well. The Foresters, currently ranked 7th
in points allowed (66.1), limited USF to just 60 points on 36.1 percent shooting.
A credit to HU’s menacing defense, the Cougars shot well below their 12th-ranked
season average of 50.2 percent. Another key to their success was limiting Scott
Kohne, the Cougars’ second leading scorer and offensive catalyst, to just two
points in the first half.
Kohne unleashed for 18 points in the final twenty minutes but it was too little
too late as Huntington’s 39-22 lead by intermission proved to be too much to
TJ Short was the key to his team’s first half success. He played a masterful twenty
minutes to set the tone. All 12 of the 6-5 senior’s first half points came from
behind the arc with two of his long balls coming during an eight-minute stretch
that extended HU’s 13-6 lead into a 33-10 blowout by the 4:54 mark.
While the Cougars recovered six points in the final minutes of the period, they
still headed into the locker room facing a 17-point deficit.
Ryan Boester made sure to squelch any momentum USF took into break by scoring
the half’s first five points. He followed up a long two with his second trey of
the night to extend the lead to 22 at 44-22 within the first minute of play.
A balanced Forester attack coupled with a solid defensive effort over the next
16 minutes kept the visitors from generating any significant runs during which
the hosts never let the lead dip below 15.
With just under three minutes to go, Scott Kohne gave his Cougar fans a glimmer
of hope as he rattled off six points in a 90-second span to trim the lead to 11
at 65-54 with 1:15 on the clock but the Foresters went 5-for-6 from the charity
stripe to make sure USF got no closer.
Short finished with a team-high 21 points which included five triples and a
monster dunk with about two minutes remaining. Shane Merryman tallied 14
points, five assists and two steals while Derek Hinen topped all rebounders
with 11 to go along with nine points and five assists.
Kegan Comer and Scott Kohne poured in 22 and 20 points respectively to pace the
The Foresters travel to #RV Marian University on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m.