Foresters ride three-ball markmanship to win over MVNU

The Huntington University men's basketball team rode hot three-point shooting to an 83-67 win over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The Foresters drained six treys in each half to improve to 19-5, 9-3 in the Crossroads League. Senior TJ Short was one of three Foresters to score in double figures, netting 15 of his 17 points from long range, while freshman Derek Hinen and senior Shane Merryman combined to make 5 of 6 threes on the way to scoring 21 and 18 points, respectively.

More than 10 minutes elapsed in the opening stanza before Huntington took its first lead, but once Coach Ty Platt's squad went in front, they never looked back. A basket by freshman Daniel Woll evened the contest at 18-18 before a Short three-pointer gave the hosts a 21-18 advantage. Merryman continued Huntington's points binge with a trey and then hit a pair of freebies to cap the run at 10-0 and give the Foresters a 26-18 cushion with 7:29 until intermission.

Huntington went into the break up 42-31 and didn't lead by fewer than nine the rest of the game, dropping Mount Vernon to 4-19, 1-11 in conference.

The Foresters converted 31 of 58 field goals for 53.4 percent, 12 of 20 threes for 60 percent and 9 of 11 freebies for 81.8 percent.

The Cougars produced four double-digit scorers, but did so with a shooting percentage 10 points lower than Huntington's. Eric Roby paced the visitors with 17 points, Martell Medley and Patrick Lucas each supplied 14 and Bryan Redic added 12.

Mount Vernon shot 26 for 60 for 43.3 percent, 7 for 18 from three-point range for 38.9 percent and 8 for 9 from the stripe for 88.9 percent.

Merryman corralled a game-high 10 rebounds, recording a double-double and giving Huntington a 33-31 edge on the glass. The senior also tied with Hinen for the game's best assists numbers, with seven. The Foresters had 20 assists as a team.