GOSHEN, Ind. – The 14th-ranked
HU men’s basketball team jumped out to a double digit lead within the first
four minutes and never looked back to earn an 87-66 win over Goshen College,
completing the season sweep over the Maple Leafs.
Saturday’s victory marks the Foresters (21-5) tenth win in conference against four
losses. They are currently tied for second with Bethel in the standings while
Goshen (4-21) remains at the bottom with a 1-12 league record.
As has been the case much of the season, Shane Merryman had a lot to do with
the runaway win. The senior scored a game-high 28 points in addition to
registering ten rebounds, four of which were offensive, four assists and three
TJ Short buried four triples on his way to scoring 16 points. Daniel Woll also
tallied 16 points with 14 of them coming in the first twenty minutes while Derek
Hinen handed out a game-high nine assists.
The Foresters spent the afternoon picking apart Goshen’s zone. In addition to
shooting an impressive 51.7 percent from the field, HU corralled 14 of their
own misses to outrebound their hosts 38-23. They also found their way to the
charity stripe 18 times, converting 16 of them for 88.9 percent.
Huntington wasted little time getting everyone involved as four starters scored
within the opening two minutes on their way to building a double digit lead of
15-4 lead by the 15:59 mark. Goshen challenged the lead by piecing together a
12-6 run that trimmed the advantage to five, 21-16, but it proved to be their
only sustained run of the day.
Along with Woll, Merryman also tossed in 14 points in the stanza as the two
ballooned the lead to as many as 15 with 47 ticks remaining before a pair of
freebies by Matt Glick and a half court heave at the buzzer by Billy Geschke sent
the Foresters into the locker room with a 49-39 advantage.
Tyler Ault and Short each drained one from downtown to open the final period to
quickly expand the lead to 55-39. The Maple Leafs got within 14 points twice over
the next three minutes but never seriously threatened the lead. HU reached it
height at 75-50 on Drew Benedict’s second long bomb of the day with 8:43 to
play before Coach Platt’s squad handed Goshen its 15th straight
Geschke paced GC with 16 points while Jerron Jamerson and Glick added 14 and 13
HU returns to Platt Arena Tuesday night when they host #17 Bethel College at
7:00 p.m. It’s a “Green Out” so show your support by wearing green to the game!