Shane Merryman scored a career-high 35 points and T.J. Short hit 8 of 9 free throws down the stretch to lead the Huntington University men's basketball team past host Goshen, 82-70, on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Merryman was everywhere the Foresters needed him to be as he hit 12 of 21 field goal attempts, including both of his 3-point tries, went a perfect 9 of 9 from the free-throw line, picked off a team-high nine rebounds and added three assists and two steals for good measure.
But despite the junior's heroics, it took Short's free throw accuracy in the final 36 seconds to lock up the win and complete a comeback from a 14-point deficit in the first half. The Foresters, 16-13 overall and 7-10 in the Crossroads League, trailed 41-27 with 2:42 left in the first half, and went into the locker room at halftime on the short end of a 44-35 score.
A 9-2 run by HU early in the second half got the game back on equal footing at 53-all with 14:22 remaining. A Merryman bucket with 7:29 remaining gave HU a lead it would not give back, and after Tyler Ault and Merryman hit shots to give HU a 75-70 lead with 1:23 left, the Maple Leafs were forced to foul, and apparently chose the wrong Forester.
Short wound up with 18 points and Alec Peterson added 14 more for HU.
Stephen Jones added four steals to the HU cause.
Jerron Jamerson led Goshen, 8-20, 1-16, with 19 points. Kyle Davis added 13 points and Matthew Martin had 11.
The Foresters hit 28 of 66 shots from the field for 42.4 percent and went 20 of 26 from the charity stripe for 76.9 percent. The Maple Leafs hit 26 of 59 from the field for 44.1 percent and 12 of 18 from the stripe for 66.7 percent.