Rochester Hills, Mich. - After being thumped by the Foresters 80-64 earlier this month, the Warriors of Rochester College got sweet revenge Thursday afternoon with a 59-49 decision over the HU men’s basketball team.
In the last outing back on December 6, the Foresters shot 50.0% for the game but the rims weren’t quite as friendly on the road this week as HU knocked down only 35.2% of their attempts (19-for-54). Rochester took full advantage of Huntington’s shooting woes by outscoring the Foresters by 14 points in the second half to overcome a four-point halftime deficit for the double digit victory.
It was an evenly matched first half that showcased five ties and just as many lead changes. Shane Merryman led a balanced Forester attack with nine points. With the score tied at 19-19 with just over six minutes remaining in the period, points didn’t come easy for either team but it was the Foresters who pieced together an 8-4 run to take a 27-23 lead into the locker room.
The Foresters remained on top through the first seven minutes of the second stanza but two freebies by Rochester’s Evan Walker tied things up at 33-33 and proved to be the last time HU would enjoy the lead. The Warriors limited HU to five points over the next six minutes to take a 46-38 advantage with just over seven minutes remaining.
A trey by Randall Lowe and jumper by Tyler Ault trimmed the lead to three at 46-43 but the Foresters would get no closer as the Warriors slowly pulled away over the final five minutes to claim their tenth win of the season.
Merryman finished with a team-high 14 points and pulled down 12 boards to share game-high rebounding honors with teammate Caleb Kennedy. Kennedy also tossed in 11 points as both bigs recorded double doubles. Ault finished with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting while Ryan Boester dished out four assists in the losing effort. Rick Doran led all scorers with 16 points. He also grabbed ten rebounds. Stephan Henning and Walker chipped in 11 points apiece to round out the Warriors’ double digit scoring.
HU (9-6) jumps back into conference play Tuesday night when they travel to #6 Indiana Wesleyan University for a 7:00 p.m. start.