Merryman, torrid Forester marksmen rout IU-K by 42

HU guard Ryan Boester fires a 3-pointer over the defense of Trent Murray of Indiana-Kokomo on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Platt Arena in the Foresters' 102-60 win. Photo by Steve Clark.

Shane Merryman continued his torrid field goal shooting and led five Foresters in double figures as the Huntington University men's basketball team routed visiting Indiana-Kokomo, 102-60, on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Merryman, who had hit 36 of 44 shots in his previous four games, went 8 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point land, and hit all 10 of his free throw tries on the way to a game-high 29 points to help the Foresters improve to 10-5 on the season.

Merryman scored six points as the Foresters scored the first 15 points of the contest and never looked back, building a 51-29 lead by halftime. They started off the second half with a 16-0 run for a 67-29 lead.

Hardly a one-man show, the Foresters hit 36 of 55 shots from the field for 65.5 percent, including 10 of 19 from beyond the arc for 52.6 percent. They added to that by hitting 20 of 26 free throws for 76.9 percent.

Stephen Jones came off the HU bench and hit all six of his shots from the field and 3 of 4 free throw attempts for 15 points. Alec Peterson added 13 points and T.J. Short and Ryan Boester each netted 12.

The Foresters dominated in all aspects of the contest, piling up 20 assists on the afternoon, and building a 41-25 rebounding advantage. Jones lead in assists with seven, and Boester added four, and Merryman led in rebounding with eight caroms, and Peterson had seven.

Indiana-Kokomo, 5-8, was led by Jared Lawrence with 14 points and Joby Renbarger with 12.

While IU-K missed three shots and had two blocked to start the contest, the Foresters hit five of their first seven shots from the field and both free throws to build their 15-0 lead. Peterson started the assault with a shot from the paint, then Tyler Ault followed with a short one and Merryman converted a second-chance bucket. After Merryman hit a pair of freebies to bring the count to 8-0, Short hit a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer, and Boester fed Merryman for a hoop to complete the run.

Merryman hit a 2 and then a 3 to start off the second half run, then added a pair of charity tosses. Short and Jones got in on the act before Boester capped the run with a 3-pointer at the 16-minute mark.