Huntington, Ind. - After enjoying some Thanksgiving turkey, the HU men’s basketball team went back to work on Saturday afternoon with a 84-67 drumming of the Cougars of Kuyper College (4-7). With this win, the Foresters improve to 7-2 on the season.
It was a near-perfect half for Huntington as they doubled up the score on the Cougars 29-14 within the first ten minutes of play on their way to a season-high 54 first half points. Eight different Foresters, five of which drained a trey, found their way in the scoring column on 21-for-29 shooting for 72.4%.
Caleb Kennedy led the first half charge with 13 points and six rebounds. Defensively, HU held Kuyper to 26 points on 9-for-36 shooting (25.7%). The Cougars’ only advantage of the half was forcing nine Forester turnovers while committing a mere five.
While the Foresters weren’t quite as efficient in the final twenty minutes, they still managed to maintain their lead to cruise to the lopsided win. HU built the lead to as many as 30 early in the half but the Cougars went on a 7-1 run in the final two minutes to break the 20-point barrier by the final buzzer.
HU shot 60.0% for the game which included going 7-for-17 behind the arc for 41.2%. They outmuscled the Cougars on the boards 38-29.
Shane Merryman led a balanced Forester attack with a game-high 20 points. Kennedy finished with a double double of 17 points and ten rebounds while Tyler Ault and TJ Short tossed in 14 and 11 points respectively. Montay Lee paced Kuyper with 18 points and seven boards. Other double digit scorers for the Cougars included Andy DeKam with 13 and Gregory Brewer with 11.
The Foresters are back in MCC action on Tuesday when they travel to Marian University for a 7:00 p.m. start.