Senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) scored a game-high 24 points, but the Hiram College men’s basketball team could not overcome a 17-point halftime deficit losing to Ohio Wesleyan University, 85-71, today (Saturday, Feb. 9) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware. [Box Score]
With the loss, the Terriers have dropped their last four games and are now 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops improve to 14-6 overall and 9-3 NCAC.
OWU never trailed in the game and reached a double-digit lead for the first time at the 12:42 minute mark of the first half at 16-5. The Bishops led by as many as 20 points in the opening period, 39-19, with 4:56 remaing before halftime. Hiram then outscored OWU, 13-5, in the span of 4:11 to get to within 12 points, 44-32, thanks to a jumper by freshman guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/Bedford Chanel) with 45 seconds left before the break. But OWU added five more points to increase its lead to 49-32 heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, OWU maintained a double-figure lead throughout the majority of the period, but the Terriers would get to within eight points on two occasions with the last one coming at the 4:01 minute mark on a basket by freshman guard Glenn Campbell (Copley/Buchtel) narrowing the margin to 71-63. The Bishops increased their lead back to double-digits with a three pointer on their very next possession and never reliquinshed a double-figure lead again going on to win by the score of 85-71.
OWU was led by Jesse Jean with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Brian Cafarella was second with 15 points followed by Dustin Rudegeair with 13 points and Kyle Holliday rounded out the Bishop top-scorers with 12 points.
Hiram was led by McDevitt’s 24 points on eight-of-19 shooting (42.1 percent) including shooting seven-of-nine from the free-throw line (77.8 percent). Sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) was the only other Terrier player in double-digits with 17 points. In addition, freshman forward Hassan Muhammed (Akron/Buchtel)grabbed a game and season-high 13 rebounds.
With his 24 points tonight, McDevitt has now scored 959 career points. He is 41 points away from becoming the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Hiram will look to end its four-game losing skid on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when it travels to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC-contest against Allegheny College. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.