The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 15 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 104-61, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 6) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Timken Gymnasium in Wooster. [Box Score]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 7-13 overall and 4-7 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 17-3 overall and 10-1 NCAC.
Hiram trailed, 7-4, at the 15:46 minute mark of the first half on a jumper by senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson), but an ensuing 15-3 scoring run by Wooster gave the Scots a 24-9 advantage with 6:17 remaining in the period. Wooster led by as many as 19 points on three occassions in the half including a halftime score of 46-27.
The Scots picked up where they left off in the second half, increasing their lead to as many as 45 points on two occassions with the last one being a 104-59 margin with 33 seconds left in the game and went on to win by the final of 104-61.
For the game, Wooster shot an impressive 63.9 percent (39-of-61) from the floor including 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from three-point range. Hiram was held to just 31.9 percent (23-of-72) shooting.
Wooster was led in scoring by James Cooper with a game-high 21 points. Devin Fulk was second with 16 points followed by Marty Bidwell with 13 points. Craig Elam rounded out the Scot double-figure scorers with 10 points.
Hiram had two players score in double figures with sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) and McDevitt each tallying 12 points. Staley also recorded five assists and McDevitt grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
With his 12 points tonight, McDevitt has now scored 934 career points. He is 66 points away from becoming the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Hiram will look to end its current three-game losing streak on Saturday, Feb. 9 when it travels to Delaware for a NCAC-contest against Ohio Wesleyan University at 3 p.m.