HUNTINGTON, Ind. - A grueling week of final exams didn’t seem to faze the Forester men’s basketball team as they came out firing on all cylinders to blowout Ohio State University Newark 104-56 at Platt Arena Thursday evening.
HU seems to have the Titans’ number as the last time Huntington went over the century mark was on November 17, 2010, when they trampled OSU Newark 109-58. Tonight’s win marks the Foresters’ six win of the season against five losses while the Titans drop to 7-4.
The Foresters shot a scorching 62.5 percent (40-for-64) from the field, their most efficient shooting outing of the season, which included going an impressive 11-for-18 behind the arc. It was a shooting clinic as eight different Foresters knocked down a trey.
Shane Merryman posted 21 points in the first half on his way to scoring a game-high 27 points on 12-for-13 shooting. The 6-5 forward also ripped down a game-best eight rebounds in his 23 minutes on the court.
Colin Featherston came off the bench to score a career-tying 15 points while dishing out two assists and snagging a pair of steals. Tyler Arrowsmith and TJ Short also logged double digits of 14 and 12 points respectively.
In addition to shooting the lights out, the Foresters dominated the Titans in nearly every other statistical category as well. HU committed ten turnovers to OSU Newark's 19. Platt’s team also enjoyed a 38-25 advantage on the boards and limited their visitors to 21 field goals on 38.2 percent shooting.
After a pair of ties and lead changes, Short dropped in the first of seven HU first half threes to give Huntington a lead that would stick. Three minutes later Short dropped in his second long ball of the half to give the Foresters a double digit lead of 18-6 at the 15:20 mark as his team went on to snowball the lead to 31 at 58-27 by halftime.
The Foresters came out of the locker room to pick up where they left off, ballooning their lead to as many as 54 before cruising to the 48-point victory. HU’s bench carried the bulk of the offensive load by accounting for 31 of the Foresters’ 46 second half points. Featherston and Arrowsmith each finished with eight points in the half while Jacob Nash tallied seven.
Newark was led by Dayvon Bufford’s 13 points. Mitchell Mundy tossed in ten points and grabbed a team-high four boards in the losing effort.
Heading into Christmas break, the Foresters are slated for three more games in 2012. Next up for HU is a home matchup against Cincinnati Christian University at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.