The eighth-seeded Huntington University men's basketball team couldn't pull off another upset in the Crossroads League men's basketball tournament, falling to fifth-seeded Bethel on the road, 81-75, on Saturday, Feb. 23.
A game after knocking off the top-seed in the tourney, the Foresters found themselves on the wrong end of a 39-30 halftime score against Taylor. Their 45-42 scoring edge in the second half, however, wasn't enough to add another chapter to its Cinderella story.
Huntington, 17-15, got a game-high 26 points from Shane Merryman. The junior forward made 10 of 15 shots, 6 of 6 at the stripe and also tied for the team-high in rebounds, with six, and assists, with three.
Alec Peterson went 5 for 6 and supplied 14 points to the team's offensive effort, while TJ Short tossed in 10, Colin Featherston and Ryan Boester each tallied nine and Tyler Ault added seven.
Casey Coons and Ben Raichel led Taylor, 21-11, with 25 and 21 points, respectively. The pair shot a combined 14 for 21, sinking 11 of 16 attempts from three-point land.
Nate Kasper also shot the ball well, netting 16 points for the Trojans on a 5 of 6 effort, while Tommy Peller contributed 13 points.
The teams posted even shooting numbers, with Huntington making 28 of 51 attempts for 54.9 percent and Taylor converting on 25 of 47 for 53.2.
The Trojans were sharper from beyond the arc, though, where they made 11 of 20 for 55 percent to the Foresters' 4 for 12 for 33.3, and also the free-throw line, where their 20 for 22 performance for 90.9 percent outshone Huntington's 15 for 22 for 68.2.
Taylor also spread the ball around better on offense, racking up 17 assists to Huntington's seven.