SPRING ARBOR, Mich. - The 14th-ranked HU men’s basketball team extended its win streak to 10-0 with a 75-62 road win over Spring Arbor University (5-6, 1-1) Tuesday night. The last time the Foresters beat the Cougars at Bockwitz Court was back in 2011 when they handed SAU an 83-78 loss.
As has been the case most of the season, Huntington jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. After trading buckets with the Cougars, Derek Hinen’s field goal 75 seconds into the contest gave his team a permanent lead.
Two runs highlighted the opening period with the first coming at the 14:51 mark, less than 30 seconds after Daniel Woll entered the ball game. The Columbia City freshman was a one-man wrecking ball as he scored nine of the game’s next 13 points over a three-minute span to give HU its first double-digit lead of the night at 28-17.
Then next spurt came four minutes later and this time around, Huntington shared the wealth as four different Foresters put points on the board to extend their seven-point lead to a 19-point advantage of 45-26 by halftime.
The final twenty minutes was more of the same as the visitors remained in firm control throughout the half, never relinquishing their double digit lead. HU stretched the advantage to as many as 22 before cruising to the 13-point victory.
In Woll’s 13 minutes of action in the first half, he matched his career high by scoring 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting, two of which came from behind the arc. He finished the game with a new career-best of 19 points.
Shane Merryman topped HU with 22 points, ten coming from the charity stripe, and 11 rebounds. Other double digit scorers for the visitors included TJ Short with 13 and Hinen with 11. Merryman and Hinen shared game-high honors in assists with five each.
Rob Hogans netted a game-high 24 points for SAU.
HU shot 45.3 percent (24-for-53) for the game while the Cougars connected on 46.2 percent (24-for-52) of their attempts. The difference came at the free throw line where Huntington got to the line twice as often as the Cougars. Platt’s squad went 22-for-27 compared to SAU’s 10-for-13.
Huntington (10-0, 2-0) hits the road again on Saturday when they take on Mount Vernon at 3:00 p.m.