HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The handful of HU faithfuls didn’t let winter wonderland stop them from seeing the Huntington men’s basketball team extend their perfect season to 12-0 with a 95-63 win over Silver Lake College (Wis.) Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. It marked the Foresters’ sixth victory of at least 20 points and their sixth time to score at least 90 points.
Not surprisingly, Coach Platt’s squad enjoys one of the most efficient offensives in the nation and Saturday was no different.
HU, currently rank No. 2 in NAIA Division II in field goal percentage at 53.6 percent, shot 59.0 percent from the field with nearly one-third of their buckets coming from behind the arc where they topped out at 45.8 percent, slightly better than their 3rd-place ranking in 3-point field goal percent of 45.4 percent. They also shot an impressive 12-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Huntington wasted little time taking command of the game by jumping out to a 14-2 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Lakers would cut it to nine on two different possessions but it was a short-lived single digit contest with the last coming at the 11:29 mark. HU was off to the races after that, outscoring their visitors 31-12 to extend the lead to 54-27 by halftime thanks in large part to a barrage of triples.
HU knocked down seven of its 11 treys in the first period and kept Silver Lake from keying in on any one individual as five different Foresters knocked down the long ball to set the stage for another blowout. Shane Merryman finished the stanza with 14 points while four of his teammates scored at least six points in the first twenty minutes to make for the skewed advantage.
HU’s 27-point halftime lead was as close as the Lakers would get as the game turned into a 30-point difference through most of the final period. Merryman topped all scorers with 20 points. TJ Short had an all-around good game with 13 points that included a high-flying dunk to go along with a game-best seven assists and four rebounds.
Alec Peterson and Ryan Boester each chipped in 12 points and Tyler Ault came off the bench to toss in another 11. Peterson and Merryman enjoyed game-high rebounding honors with eight apiece.
Anthony Parker paced the Lakers with 13 points while Kyle Lundberg added 10.
Both teams committed 12 turnovers but HU dominated the boards, 39-23.
The Foresters hit the road next Saturday to face Cincinnati Christian University at 3:00 p.m.