Featherston helps Foresters nip Marian

Colin Featherston (middle) elevates in the paint as John Goodlow, of visiting Marian, puts up a hand to stop him in the first half of the Huntington University men’s basketball  game against the Knights on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Colin Featherston (middle) elevates in the paint as John Goodlow, of visiting Marian, puts up a hand to stop him in the first half of the Huntington University men’s basketball game against the Knights on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Photo by Steve Clark.

A game-winning shot and key defensive plays by Colin Featherston helped the Huntington University men's basketball team overcome a five-point deficit with 1:38 to go and beat visiting Marian University, 67-66, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Featherston hit a layup with six seconds to go after earlier blocking a shot as the Foresters, 4-4, fought back from a 66-61 deficit.

After Ryan Boester hit two free throws with 1:26 left in the game to pull the Foresters to within three points, Featherston blocked a shot by Marian's Jason Riley. Riley then fouled T.J. Short, who sank two more charity tosses to bring the score to 66-65.

A rebound by Featherston on the defensive end set up the final play on offense for Huntington.

Short and Shane Merryman led Huntington, 4-4, with 22 points apiece. Merryman got there on 9 of 13 shooting and also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Boester added 11 points and a team-high four assists, Tyler Ault followed with six points and Featherston had five.

Five players reached double figures for Marian, led by Riley, who scored 15 points. Adams and Cliff each had 12 points and Jake Stafford and Jess Chadwell both chipped in with 10.

Each team shot well from the field, with the Knights hitting 27 of 51 shots for a 52.9 shooting percentage to the Foresters making 21 of 42 shots for an even mark of 50 percent. Huntington had the edge in free throws, making 15 of 19, good for a percentage of 78.9, versus Marian's 6 of 8 for an even 75 percent.