Huntington, Ind. - The Eagles of Cornerstone University (8-6) held the Forester men’s basketball team to 28 second half points to pick up the 81-68 road win and send HU into Christmas break with its fifth loss of the season.
Caleb Kennedy paced the Foresters with 24 points while Shane Merryman added another 17. Both big men pulled down nine boards to share game-high rebounding honors. TJ Short tossed in nine points, all behind the arc, and dished out four assists. Ron Bates scored a game-high 21 points for the Eagles. We Hudson and Justin Yoder dropped in 19 and 14 points respectively to round out Cornerstone’s double digit scoring.
It was a solid first half for the Foresters as they knocked down 56.5% of their shots (13-for-23) in the first period to take a 40-35 lead into intermission. Caleb Kennedy and Shane Merryman accounted for all but three of HU’s first 17 points as the Foresters held on to a slim 17-16 lead at the 11:33 mark. The Eagles snagged the lead for 90 seconds before HU reeled off 15 straight points to take their largest lead of the night at 32-20 with just under six minutes remaining in the half. The Eagles returned the favor with a 15-8 run to close out the half and pull within five by intermission.
The second half was a completely different story as the Eagles cranked up their defensive intensity to force five Forester turnovers in the opening five minutes to turn a five-point deficit into a two point advantage at 47-45. HU played catch up the rest of the night as they scored only 10 points over the next 13 minutes to find themselves down by 14 with 3:18 remaining. The Foresters outscored the Eagles 13-12 to close out the game but it was too little too late as Cornerstone cruised to the win.
HU scored nine field goals and shot 32.1% in the second half to finish the game at 43.1% (22-for-51). They committed 21 turnovers to the Eagles’ 13. The Foresters held a slight 32-29 rebounding advantage and cashed in on 85.0% of their free throws by going 17-for-20.
With this loss, HU drops to 9-5. The Foresters take a break until December 29 when they travel to Rochester College for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.