HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s basketball team (5-5) pulled away in the first half to log their second win in as many outings against the Crusaders by disposing of Great Lakes Christian College (1-13) 75-50 Tuesday night at Platt Arena.
Shane Merryman led a balanced Forester attack with a game-high 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Ryan Boester tossed in 13 and Colin Featherston came off the bench to add 11.
After shooting 18.8 percent (3-for-16) through the first ten minutes and logging more turnovers than field goals, the Foresters pieced together a 20-2 run to turn their four-point deficit into a 16-point advantage of 29-13 with just under five minutes remaining in the half.
The Foresters took a 38-22 lead into the locker room with Merryman and Boester carrying the majority of the offensive load. Merryman finished the half with 12 points while Boester dropped in 11, nine of which came from behind the arc, and handed out three of his game-high five assists.
HU shot 51.7 percent (15-for-29) in the second period to remain in firm control of the contest. After playing even with GLCC through the first seven minutes of the half, Huntington spent the next five minutes ballooning the lead to 25 at 66-41 as six different Foresters put points on the board.
The final seven minutes came and went without incident as HU maintained their 25-point lead to cruise to the lopsided win.
Huntington shot 45.3 percent (29-for-64) for the game while holding Great Lakes to 35.6 percent (21-for-59). Platt’s squad enjoyed a 44-29 rebounding advantage and committed 13 turnovers to the Crusaders’ 20.
Devlin Jefferson was the only visitor to reach double digits with 12 points. Maurice Jordan ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with nine points.
The Foresters have more than a week’s break until they host Ohio State Newark on December 13 at 7:00 p.m.