HU men too much for Maple Leafs

Shane Merryman.
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Host Goshen was outmatched from the opening whistle as the Huntington University men's basketball team logged a comfortable 87-66 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Foresters, 21-5, 10-4 in the Crossroads League, opened the game with a 15-4 run that saw senior Shane Merryman and freshman Daniel Woll both toss in four points on the way to scoring 14 apiece in the opening half. Goshen trimmed Huntington's lead to as few as five, but behind Merryman and Woll, the Foresters went into the break up by double digits, 49-39.

Huntington led 66-50 nearly halfway through the second stanza when it used another scoring spree to all but assure the win. The Foresters reeled off nine points to enjoy a 25-point advantage, 75-50, with 8:43 to play, that the Maple Leafs, 4-21, 1-12 in league play, didn't narrow to fewer than 19.

Merryman tossed in another four points during that points binge on his way to a game-high 28, which he paired with a contest-best 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

Woll and senior TJ Short added 16 points apiece for the Foresters, who shot 31 for 60 for 51.7 percent, with a 16 for 18 mark at the free-throw line, spotlighted by Merryman's 11 for 12 effort.

Billy Geschke paced Goshen with 16 points. Jerron Jamerson chipped in 14 points while Matt Glick netted 13.

The Maple Leafs converted 26 of 53 field goals for 49.1 percent and all 10 of their freebies, but couldn't get going from beyond the arc, where they stumbled to a 4 of 17 mark for 23.5 percent that dashed any hopes of a comeback.

Huntington owned the glass, 38-23, and freshman Derek Hinen was the contest's assists leader, with nine.