The Hiram College men’s basketball team ended a five-game losing streak with an 89-81 victory against Denison University today (Saturday, Feb. 16) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 8-15 overall and 5-9 in the NCAC. The Big Red fall to 2-21 overall and 2-12 NCAC.
The game remained close throughout the first half with Hiram recording its largest lead of the period of four points on two occassions with the last one being, 22-18, at the 8:09 minute mark thanks to a three-pointer by junior forward Ian Pfouts (Green) as part of a Terrier 7-0 scoring run. Denison led by as many as three points twice in the half including a halftime score of 38-35
Denison opened the second half of play with a successful field goal tallying its largest lead of the game, 40-35, at the 19:40 minute mark. Hiram responded with a 10-0 run capped by a dunk by freshman forward Hassan Muhammed (Akron/Buchtel) giving the Terriers a 45-40 lead with 17:55 left in the game. The Big Red tied the game on three occassions later in the period, but Hiram would never relinquish the lead again. The Terriers reached its largest lead of the game of 10 points on three seperate occassions including an 84-74 margin with 34 seconds to play thanks to a layup by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic). Denison cut the lead to six points, 87-81, with six seconds to go, but that would be as close as the Big Red would get as the Terriers went on to the 89-81 victory.
For the game, Hiram shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the floor as Denison shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61).
Denison had five players score in double figures led by Larry Farmer with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Pat Sullivan and Brian Elder were tied for second with 15 points each followed by Chris Eberst with 12 points. Rounding out the Big Red high scorers was Chris Luther with 10 points.
Hiram was led by senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) with 18 points on four-of-11 shooting (36.3 percent), including an impressive 10-of-11 from the free-throw line (90.9 percent). He also grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. Joining McDevitt in double-figures was Muhammed with 17 points followed by Staley and Pfoutswith 16 points each.
With his 18 points this afternoon, McDevitt has now scored 988 career points. He is 12 points away from becoming the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Hiram will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when it hosts Kenyon College in a NCAC game and the regular-season home finale at Price Gymnasium. It will also be Senior Day with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.