FORT WAYNE – Derek Hinen scored 33 points as the Huntington men’s basketball team defeated Bethel 87-81 on Tuesday night.
Hinen made 11 of 13 shots and was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, as the Foresters overcame a three-point halftime deficit at home and pulled into second place in the Crossroads League.
Huntington (22-5, 11-4 in conference) got 19 points from Shane Merryman, who was 7 of 14 from the field, and 16 from T.J. Short.
Short also had a team-best eight rebounds, all at the defensive end.
Teammate Alec Peterson had seven rebounds.
Bethel (21-6, 10-5) was paced by Ryan Benner’s 31 points.
Teammate Landon Booker had 15 points.
Bethel outscored Huntington 40-26 in the paint and 26-10 off the bench, but Huntington’s 62 percent shooting made up for it. Bethel was 50 percent from the field.
Huntington trails Indiana Wesleyan by one game for first place.
SAINT FRANCIS 68, SPRING ARBOR 60: At the Hutzell Athletic Center, Scott Kohne made 10 of 16 shots and finished with 26 points, and he had 23 rebounds for Saint Francis (18-9, 10-5 in Crossroads).
All but six of those rebounds came at the defensive end, as Saint Francis snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kohne was three rebounds shy of the team record of 26, set by Jerome Frison in 1974.
Rob Hogans had 24 points on 9-of-24 shooting for Spring Arbor (10-17, 5-10).
MARIAN 73, GRACE 59: In Indianapolis, Marian (14-5, 10-4) was led by Nick Achille’s 20 points and six rebounds, while Jason Riley added 17 points and five rebounds.
Grace (16-10, 8-7) was paced by 15 points apiece from Logan Irwin and Greg Miller.
Irwin made 6 of 14 shots. Miller had seven rebounds.