HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men's basketball team (8-5) extended their win streak to four by cruising past the University of Akron Wayne 90-50 Monday evening in the friendly confines of Platt Arena. It was the first time these two programs met and marked HU’s third win in five days.
The Warriors held a 13-second lead of 5-3 in the opening two minutes of play but the Foresters quickly made it clear who held the upper hand. HU rattled off the next 12 points to take a 15-5 lead and never looked back.
As a team, Huntington went 18-for-32 from the field which included seven 3-pointers and added five free tosses to take a 48-22 lead into intermission. Shane Merryman cashed in on seven of his eight field goal attempts to finish the half with 16 points.
The second period was much like the first but this time it was Ryan Boester who fueled Huntington. He drained four of his seven threes in the final twenty minutes to finish the half with 11 points on his way to a season-high 21 points.
Fourteen of the Foresters’ 33 field goals came from behind the arc. For the game, HU shot 56.9 percent from the field which included gong 14-for-30 from downtown. Huntington out-rebounded UAW 38-24 and committed 14 turnovers to the Warriors’ 21.
Shane Merryman topped all scorers with 22 points. TJ Short was one assist way from a double double. He finished with ten points and dished out a career-best nine assists to go along with a game-high six boards. Tyler Ault added 10 points in the lopsided win.
Devaughn Boddie led the Warriors with 18 points while Anthony Keys and Jackie Adams tossed in 11 and 10 points respectively.
There’s no rest for the weary as Huntington is back in action two more times this week. HU hits the road on Thursday to take on Cornerstone University at 7:00 p.m. and then wraps up the 2012 portion of their schedule by hosting IU Kokomo on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.