Marion, Ind. - The Forester men’s basketball team exploded for 52 points in the second half to upend 6th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University 84-76 at Luckey Arena Tuesday night.
After playing to a 32-32 halftime tie behind Tyler Ault’s 16 point performance, HU scorched the nets for 60.9% (14-for-23) in the second half and added 21 points from the charity stripe to pull away from a stunned Wildcat squad and claim their tenth win of the season.
The Foresters led by as many as seven points in the first stanza and held onto the lead for all but one possession during the first 13 minutes but a 12-2 Wildcat run over a five-minute span turned their six-point deficit into a five-point advantage at 30-25 with 4:24 remaining in the half. It looked IWU would head into the locker room with the upper hand but HU closed out the half with four points to deadlock the score at 32-32.
Wesleyan returned the favor by scoring the first four points of the second period to push ahead 36-32 and went on to grow the lead to as many as eight before Nick Teeter knocked down a pair of treys to nose the Foresters in front 54-53 by the midway point of the half. After a third Teeter trifecta with just under four minutes remaining that gave HU a six-point cushion at 67-61, the Foresters made their living at the free throw line where they scored 15 of their final 17 points to pull off the upset.
Caleb Kennedy and Nick Teeter shared team-high scoring honors with 19 points each. Tyler Ault finished with a career best 17 points. Shane Merryman recorded a double double with 12 points and a game-high 11 boards. Ryan Boester rounded out HU’s double digit scoring with 11 points while dishing out a game-high six assists. Jordan Weidner topped all scorers with 24 points. Patrick Hopkins came off the Wildcat bench to score 17 points and Derrick Troyer finished with 16.
With this win, HU improves to 10-6, 2-2 in league play. They take the hardwood again on Thursday when they make the long trip to Mount Vernon Nazarene University for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.