Huntington, Ind. - It wasn’t a picture perfect night of basketball but the Foresters held off a pesky Ohio State University Newark squad for the 71-52 win to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Both teams got off to a slow start but it was the Foresters who finally found the answer down low. Caleb Kennedy maneuvered his way in the paint to score 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting to give HU a double digit lead of 37-27 by halftime.
It looked like HU was prepped to blow the game wide open when they extended their lead to 46-29 within the first three minutes of the second half but the Titans weren’t ready to go down without a fight. Josh Williams and Brandon Tyler teamed up to score ten of OSU’s next 12 points to erase the Foresters’ lead to seven at 48-41 with plenty of game to be played.
But over the next ten minutes, six different Foresters put points on the board to put the game out of reach at 67-52 with two minutes remaining. HU went on to score the game’s final four points to claim their fourth win of the season.
Kennedy topped HU with 21 points. TJ Short was the only other Forester in double digits with 14. Shane Merryman collected a game-high 11 boards. Williams paced the Titans with a game-high 22 points and Tyler added another 17.
The Foresters host the annual Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament this weekend. They face Wilberforce University on Friday at 8:00 p.m.