HU puts on 2nd half shooting clinic to top CCU
Foresters shoot 77.8 percent in final twenty minutes
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s basketball team (7-5) extended their win streak to three with a 66-59 win over Cincinnati Christian University (6-7) Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.
The Foresters seemed to be playing catch up through much of the first 30 minutes. After forcing 11 ties and holding only two leads, the tides finally turned for HU midway through the second period. Behind eight points from Shane Merryman, Huntington reeled off 13 consecutive points to turn a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead of 53-45.
That five-minute span proved to be the difference of the game as HU was able to ride out the final five minutes for the seven-point win.
After a quiet four-point first half, Merryman came up big in the second period to finish with a game-high 19 points and five assists. TJ Short added 12 points and two steals. Ryan Boester and Alec Peterson tossed in 11 and ten point respectively. Colin Featherston took top rebounding honors with nine to go along with seven points and three assists.
There was no highlight reel to be had in the first twenty minutes as both teams struggled offensively to head into the locker room in a 25-25 stalemate. The Foresters did an about-face in the second half, missing only four shots to go 14-for-18 for 77.8 percent. HU finished the game shooting 55.8 percent (24-for-43).
The Eagles, on the other hand, never seemed to get on track offensively as Huntington was able to hold their visitors to 39.7 percent (23-for-58) shooting for the game.
Kenny Gaynor paced CCU with 18 points. DJ McCommons was the only other Eagle in double digits with 13.
The Foresters are back in action tonight to face the University of Akron Wayne at 7:00 p.m.