Hot-shooting Foresters win big

Huntington University forward Shane Merryman goes up for a short jumper over the Ohio State University-Newark defense on Thursday night, Dec. 13. Merryman hit 12 of 13 shots from the field on the way to 27 points. Photo by Steve Clark.

Apparently focusing on finals improves the shooting eye of the Huntington University men's basketball team as it gunned down visiting Ohio State University-Newark, 104-56 on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The Foresters, 6-5, hit 40 of 64 field goal attempts for a season-best 62.5 percent on the night, led by Shane Merryman hitting 12 of 13 on the night on the way to a game-high 27 points.

Merryman had 21 points by halftime as HU jumped out to a 58-27 lead. The Foresters hardly slowed down in the second half as well, outscoring the visitors by a 46-29 margin.

HU hit 11 of 18 from beyond the arc for 61.1 percent on the night.

Colin Featherston provided back-up to Merryman with 15 points off the HU bench, and Tyler Arrowsmith put in another 14 off the pine. T.J. Short had 12, Alec Peterson and Stephen Jones each had eight and Tyler Ault and Jacob Nash each scored seven as eight Foresters had at least seven points.

Dayvon Bufford led OSUN, 7-4, with 13 points, and Mitchell Mundy added 10.

The Foresters' hot shooting resulted in a season-high 26 assists for their 40 hoops. Short and Jones were the ringleaders with six each and Ryan Boester had four.

Merryman also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to lead HU to a 38-25 domination of the glass.