USF snatches, lead, game from HU men

Huntington University guard Colin Featherston (center) tries to pass around the University of Saint Francis defense to teammate Alec Peterson (No. 33, left) during play on Saturday, Jan. 19. Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Visiting Saint Francis snatched the lead from the Huntington University men's basketball team less than five minutes into their contest on Saturday, Jan. 19, and the Foresters spent the rest of the game trying to wrest it back, falling 61-50.

Coming out of halftime down 29-25, Huntington narrowed the Saint Francis lead to two in the opening minute of the second half. However, the Foresters would get no closer as the Cougars responded with an 11-0 run that put distance between themselves and the hosts for the rest of the game.

Ryan Boester led Huntington, 12-10, 3-7 in Crossroads League play, with 19 points, 15 of them coming from beyond the arc, where he went 5 for 8. T.J. Short contributed 13 points to the team's offensive effort and Shane Merryman added 11.

Scott Kohne paced Saint Francis, 14-8, 6-4, with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Josh Hogan supplied 17 points.

The Cougars bested the Foresters in field goal percentage 45.5 to 36, converting 25 of 55 attempts to Huntington's 18 of 50.

Alec Peterson led HU on the boards with seven rebounds, and Merryman and Boester picked off six caroms each. Merryman and Boester also had three assists each.