The Huntington University men's basketball team came up a point shy in its shootout with host Grace College on Saturday, Dec. 1, losing 89-88.
Shane Merryman led the Foresters with 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting. The junior's scoring touch also carried over to the free throw line, where he sank 8 of 9 attempts.
T.J. Short added 15 points, Alec Peterson supplied 13 to go with a team-best eight rebounds, and Ryan Boester and Tyler Ault tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively, to round out Huntington's offensive effort.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field as Grace matched Huntington shot for shot. The Foresters nailed 32 of 56 shots from the field for 57.1 percent, including hitting 7 of 13 from the three-point line for 53.8 percent, and the Lancers hit 32 of 49 for 54.2 percent, including 10 of 21 from downtown for 47.6 percent. The Foresters added 17 of 23 from the free-throw line for 73.9 percent and the Lancers hit 15 of 20 for 75 percent.
The Lancers were paced by Bruce Grimm Jr., who erupted for 31 points. Elliot Smith contributed 17 points, Greg Miller provided 12 and Caleb Featherston tossed in 10 for Grace's cause.
The Foresters enjoyed a 41-37 lead on the Lancers after the first half, but the hosts flipped the script in the second, outscoring them 52-47.
Huntington drops to 1-2 in Crossroads League play and 4-5 overall.