HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s basketball team (4-0) advanced to the championship game of the Ness Bros./Hall of Fame Tournament by cruising past Great Lakes Christian College 85-51 Friday night at Platt Arena.
HU will face Indiana University East at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Red Wolves outlasted Judson University 99-88 in the first game of night to advance to the title game. Judson and Great Lakes will face-off at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game.
Despite a relatively slow start, Huntington warmed up by the midway point of the first half to enjoy another lopsided affair against the Crusaders. Tonight’s contest marked the third time these two programs have met in the last two seasons. The Foresters have won by an average of 23 points each outing against GLCC.
Up 16-11 with just under ten minutes remaining in the first period, Huntington caught fire to go on a 21-0 tear. Kalvin Miller capped off the run with a trey and a bucket in the paint to give his team a 26-point lead by the 2:34 mark that they were able to sustain, taking a 41-15 lead into intermission.
Great Lakes scored the first four points of the second half to trim the lead to 22 at 41-19 but it would be as close as it would get the rest of the way as Huntington’s first five field goals were from deep. Tyler Ault and Ryan Boester each knocked down a pair of treys while TJ Short also buried a long bomb to give Coach Platt’s squad a 56-22 lead with just over 15 minutes on the clock.
HU would go on to enjoy at least a 30 point lead the rest of the way as every Forester scored at least three points in the debacle.
Shane Merryman led a balanced Huntington attack with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds. Boester and Ault each tossed in 12 while Short dished out a game-best seven assists to go along with nine points.
Taylor Richards and Perri Vaden scored 12 and 11 points respectively to pace the Crusaders.
Huntington connected on 32-of-55 of its field goals for 58.2 percent which included 13 three-pointers. HU finished with ten turnovers while forcing GLCC in 19 miscues. They also held their visitors to 20 field goals on 39.2 percent shooting.
At halftime of Saturday’s game, four individuals will be honored as 2013 inductees into the Huntington University Hall of Fame. Inductees include Eric Ade, Stephanie (Stearns) Lochmueller, Kent Paul, Doug Sheckler.