USF nips Foresters with game-winning trey at buzzer

Host University of Saint Francis capped a late comeback with a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to nip the Huntington University men's basketball team, 62-60, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Scott Kohne hit a fall-away trey from the win as the 19th-ranked Cougars completed a comeback from 13 points down midway through the second half to send the 12th-ranked Foresters to their sixth loss of the season against 23 wins.

HU was up 52-39 with 11:41 left in the game when USF, 20-9, began its comeback. A Daniel Woll fielder with four seconds left had the Foresters up 60-59, but Kohne, one of two seniors honored on the Cougars' senior night, hit just his third trey of the season to snatch the win for USF.

Shane Merryman scored a game-high 25 points to lead HU, which falls to 12-5 in the Crossroads League, the same mark as USF.

T.J. Short added 11 points and Alec Peterson and Derek Hinen each chipped in eight.

Josh Hogan and Kegan Comer led USF with 18 points each. Kohne tallied 11.

The Foresters hit 25 of 52 shots from the field for 48.1 percent and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line for 85.7 percent. The Cougars were a nick better from the field at 27 of 55 for 49.1 percent, and hit 5 of 7 from the line for 71.4 percent.

Merryman and Short each pulled down six rebounds to lead HU on the boards. USF won the backboard battle, 30-28.