The Forester men's basketball
team (14-5, 3-3) got back on track Tuesday night with a 76-60 win over the Maple Leafs of Goshen College (7-12, 0-6).
Huntington took control from opening tip-off by dumping the ball down low to Caleb Kennedy and Shane Merryman who each scored twice to give HU the early 8-0 advantage. Merryman continued to provide the offensive firepower as he scored five more points to give HU the 19-10 lead midway through the period. After establishing an inside game, Forester guards Kellen Zawadzki and Tyler Shively teamed up to score 17 first half points and give HU the 41-26 halftime lead.
Having had no three-point looks in the first half, Zawadzki shook free for three treys in the first five minutes of the second half to push HU's lead to 54-33. Shively's jumper on the next possession gave the Foresters their largest lead of the contest but the Maple Leafs responded with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 56-41. The Foresters went back to work methodically breaking down Goshen's defense to build up a 22-point cushion at 72-50 with just over five minutes left in the game. Goshen would outscore HU 10-4 over the final five minutes but it wouldn't be enough as the Foresters cruised to the victory.
Zawadzki poured in 22 points and pulled down ten boards to pace the Foresters. Shively finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Merryman and Caleb Kennedy scored 13 and 11 points respectively. Jeremy Pope and Carl Steen each scored 15 points to lead the Maple Leafs.
The Foresters shot 53.2 percent (14-for-26) from the field while holding Goshen to 34.3 percent (11-for-42). HU scored 22 points from the line on 22-for-26 shooting (84.6 percent) and outrebounded the Maple Leafs 38-32.
Huntington is back in action on Saturday when they travel to Spring Arbor University for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.