#19 Foresters cruise to 83-67 win over MVNU

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The No. 19 HU men’s basketball team (20-4, 9-3) seems to have Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s number. Saturday afternoon Platt’s squad claimed their ninth conference win when they handed the Cougars (4-19, 1-11) a 83-67 loss at Platt Arena. The Foresters have turned this Crossroads rivalry into a one-sided affair, winning all six match-ups since MVNU joined the league in 2011.

The Cougars were the aggressors in the first ten minutes of play, enjoying a lead most of the time. They were able to push their advantage to as many as five at 16-11 before HU countered.

Huntington scored on six consecutive possessions, which included a pair of triples by TJ Short, to outscore Mount Vernon 15-2 and seize the lead, 26-18, by the 7:29 mark as the hosts wouldn’t trail again in the contest.

Derek Hinen then went to work, scoring 12 of his team’s next 16 points, which included two from downtown in the final two minutes of the half, to give the Foresters a comfortable 42-31 lead at break.

HU shot 51.6 percent from the floor which included going 6-for-10 from behind the arc in the first twenty minutes and were just as efficient in the final stanza.

The Foresters went on to bury six more treys in the second half to finish the game in impressive 12-for-20 behind the arc. They missed only 12 shots in the final period on their way to blistering the nets to the tune of 53.4 percent (31-for-58) for the game to make for a rather uneventful but welcomed second half if you’re an HU fan.

The visitors dissolved the lead to nine on several occasions but would get no closer. The last single-digit spread came at 65-56 with just under seven minutes remaining but Huntington slammed the door shut on a late-game Cougar comeback by piecing together a 13-5 run to take their largest lead of the day, 78-61, at the 2:45 mark on their way to sending MVNU home still looking for their first road win of the year.

Hinen led all scorers with 21 points which included going a perfect 3-for-3 behind the arc and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to go along with seven assists and four rebounds. Shane Merryman added 18 points and ripped down a game-high ten boards for his seventh double double of the year. Short finished with 17 points, 15 of those points coming from deep.

Eric Roby topped four Cougars in double digits with 17 points as Martell Medley and Patrick Lucas registered 14 points apiece and Bryan Redic tallied 12.

The Foresters are gearing up for a clash with No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan (19-5) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Luckey Arena. It will be a decisive battle as the winner will climb on top of the league standings as both teams, along with Saint Francis, currently boast a 9-3 league record.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


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