Foresters deadly from 3 land in 110-56 rout of OU Mansfield


Huntington University’s TJ Short (left) fires a shot from beyond the arc with a defender from visiting Ohio State University Mansfield in his face during the Foresters’ game against the Mavericks on Saturday, Nov. 16. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men's basketball team was hot from three-point land and routed visiting Ohio State University Mansfield, 110-56, on Saturday, Nov. 16, to stay undefeated on the season.

The Foresters, 7-0, shot 55.9 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 19 of 34 tries.

Shane Merryman was one of nine Foresters to connect on at least one three. The senior forward netted both of his attempts and went 13 for 15 overall for 29 points while pulling down a game-high 11rebounds to notch a double-double.

Freshman guard Drew Benedict sank 5 of 7 from downtown and went 6 for 6 at the line to tally a career-high 21 points. Two other first-year guards, Kyle Pipenger and Brodie Crowe, fired in caree-bests as well with 13 and 12, respectively.

Huntington led Mansfield 60-27 at halftime. Coach Platt's squad put up 50 more in the game's second frame versus only 29 for the visitors to record their most lopsided win of the season.

For the contest, the Foresters made 40 of 65 field goals for 61.5 percent and hit on 11 of 14 free throws for a mark of 78.6.

Chris Simmons tossed in 15 points for the Mavericks, who went 20 for 61 for 32.8 percent. Jabree Lindsay supplied 10, converting 6 of 7 from the charity stripe, where Mansfield made 13 of 20 overall for 65 percent.

Huntington won the battle of the boards, 48-25, while freshman guard Derek Hinen dished out a game-best 10 assists, equaling Mansfield's production as a team.