Merryman scores 34 to lead HU past Trolls 84-66
Foresters extend perfect season to 6-0
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Behind Shane Merryman’s season-high 34 points, the Huntington men’s basketball team extended its perfect season to 6-0 with an 84-66 win over Trinity Christian College (1-3) Tuesday night at Platt Arena.
The Trolls didn’t have an answer for the versatile 6-5 senior as he played inside out to cash in on 13 field goals, three of which came behind the arc, and five freebies to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
Joining him in double digits was TJ Short with 15, Daniel Woll with 13 and Derek Hinen with ten. Woll collected a game-high eight rebounds and swatted three shots while Hinen dished out a season-best 11 assists for the first double double of his collegiate career.
Merryman made sure the team got off to a good start as he opened up play by scoring eight of his 18 first half points within the first four minutes to give Huntington an early 10-4 lead. It looked like he and his entourage were poised to blow the game wide open when they more than doubled up the score, 29-13, by the midway point of the half but the Trolls weren’t quite ready to let that happen.
Four different Trolls put points on the board to outscore the Foresters 12-2 over the next three minutes to trim the lead to six at 31-25 by the 6:40 mark. It was back and forth the rest of the half before Hinen knocked down two free throws just before the buzzer to give his team a 41-32 lead by halftime.
The see saw affair continued through the first five minutes of the second period as the scored remained a nine point difference but a trio of triples, two from Short and another from Merryman, within a 60-second span gave Huntington a little breathing room of 57-42 by the 13:33 mark.
Trinity Christian continued to scrap and while they weren’t able to cut the lead to single-digits, they kept it under 20 points until the 3:29 mark when Short connected on his third 3-pointer of the game to give HU a 79-59 lead that they were able to sustain the rest of the way before closing out with the 18-point victory.
Jared Jones drained five long balls to finish with a team-high 17 points for the Trolls. Cody Rhorer added 12 points while Joe Hehir came off the bench to toss in another ten.
HU is back in the friendly confines of Platt Arena on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when they host Ohio State University Mansfield.