The Huntington University men's basketball team turned a 1-point first half lead into a 26-point halftime advantage in the final 14 minutes of the frame and cruised to an 85-51 win over visiting Great Lakes Christian in the opening round of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic on Friday night, Nov. 8.
The Foresters, 4-0, will face Indiana University East on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the championship at 3 p.m.
Huntington was up by a single point at 10-9 with just over 12 minutes left in the first half when Shane Merryman started what would be a 31-6 run with an inside bucket. Nine other Foresters put their marks up after that as HU went into halftime with a 41-15 advantage.
Merryman scored 15 points to lead the way for HU, which also got 12 points apiece from Ryan Boester and Tyler Ault, nine from T.J. Short and eight from Daniel Woll. All 11 Foresters who played scored at least four points.
The Foresters hit 32 of 55 field goal tries for 58.2 percent, including 13 of 25 from beyond the arc for 52 percent. They did struggle at the free-throw line, hitting only 8 of 15 for 53.3 percent.
Taylor Richards scored 12 points and Perri Vaden tallied 11 to lead Great Lakes.
The visitors hit 20 of 51 shots from the field for 39.2 percent.
Merryman had nine rebounds to lead HU to a 33-28 boards advantage.
Short had a team-high seven assists and Hinen had five as HU piled up 24 dimes on its 32 baskets.
Woll added four assists and a team-best four steals to his production off the HU bench.