Cornerstone University 63 Huntington (Ind.) 68
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cornerstone – Wes Hudson (18 points)
Huntington – Shane Merryman (24 points)
Cornerstone – Derek Kinshott (8 rebounds)
Huntington – Alec Peterson (11 rebounds)
Cornerstone – Anthony Allen (5 assists)
Huntington – Ryan Boester, Shane Merryman (3 assists)
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 40.3% from the field on the night compared to the Foresters shooting at a 51% pace for the night. After a 8-0 run in the first half, Cornerstone was unable to hold Huntington from a strong second half to give the Foresters the win and their fifth win in a row.
The Cornerstone men's basketball team welcomed non-conference foe, Huntington (Ind.) on Thursday night. After an early 8-0 run in the first three minutes of play, the Foresters closed the deficit in the second half to take their fifth win in a row. With the loss, Cornerstone drops to 9-4 overall while Huntington continues their winning streak and advances to 9-5 overall.
During the first half, the Golden Eagles came out strong with an 8-0 lead. Cornerstone's largest lead of the half and game came in the eighth minute after a two point shot by Shane Moreland giving Cornerstone a nine point advantage. Huntington closed the gap to three points, 32-29, with Cornerstone taking the lead into half time. During the first half, Cornerstone was led by Shane Moreland's 11 points while Huntington's Shane Merryman notched eight points.
The second half Cornerstone let the lead slip away when Alec Peterson hit a two point shot in the paint making the score 32-33 within the first minutes of the second half. The remainder of the contest went back and forth as teams traded baskets. Both teams notched a lead of five points over the opponent. With 4:18 on the clock, the Golden Eagles led 61-56 but Shane Merryman took control for the Foresters. With 19 seconds to play, Wes Hudson put Cornerstone down by only one point but Cornerstone was forced to foul. With clutch free throws in the last seconds of play by Colin Featherston, Huntington took a 68-63 win.
The Golden Eagles will host non-conference opponent Alma College on Saturday with tip off scheduled for 3 p.m.