Foresters can't hold on against No. 3 Wildcats

The Huntington University men's basketball team was up on visiting Indiana Wesleyan at halftime, but couldn't keep up with the third-ranked Wildcats in the second half, losing 86-76, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, to bring its six-game win streak to an end.

Shane Merryman put up 22 points for the Foresters, 10-6. Ryan Boester supplied 16 points, T.J. Short added 14 and Alec Peterson had 13 on 5 of 7 shooting.

Huntington led Indiana Wesleyan by eight at the 13:06 mark in the first half for its biggest advantage of the game. Merryman got things started by scoring in the paint, hitting a free throw and then assisting on a 3-pointer by Short. The junior then fed the ball to Peterson, who got a bucket in the paint.

The Foresters' next seven points came courtesy of Merryman and Boester, as the former assisted on a three-pointer by the latter, and Boester returned the favor by setting up two Merryman buckets. Boester hit another three, with help from Colin Featherston, to put Huntington up 18-10.

Jordan Weidner and Patrick Hopkins shot lights out for the Wildcats, sinking 19 of 30 shots for 28 and 24 points, respectively, to help Indiana Wesleyan outscore Huntington by 14 in the second half and get away with the win.

Indiana Wesleyan shot over 50 percent for the game, making 31 of 57 shots for a mark of 54.4. Huntington was almost as good, converting 26 of 53 shots for a percentage of 49.1.