Senior forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) scored a career-high 43 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell short of Wittenberg University, 91-85, today (Saturday, Feb. 2) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Game Box]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 7-12 overall and 4-6 in the NCAC. The Tigers improve to 13-6 overall and 9-1 NCAC.
Wittenberg looked to take control of the game early, beginning the contest with a 21-5 scoring run during the span of the first 5:55. Hiram battled back to get to within nine points, 28-19, thanks to one of two free-throws by freshman forward Hassan Muhammed (Akron/Buchtel) at the 8:45 minute mark. But an ensuing 9-0 run by the Tigers pushed the deficit back to double digits, 37-19, with 6:15 remaining before halftime. Wittenberg recorded its largest lead of the game, 48-27, with just over a minute to go in the period and took a 48-30 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Hiram scored 55 points including a 30-point solo effort by McDevitt. Wittenberg led by double figures for the majority of the period, but the Terriers chipped away at the Tiger lead and a late 8-0 run by Hiram capped by a three-pointer by freshman guard Brice Krajcik (Doylestown/Chippewa) cut the deficit to a single basket, 85-83, with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Wittenberg connected on two of its 20 made free-throws in the game (20-of-20 overall), on its ensuing possession to extend the lead to four points, 87-83, with 22 seconds to go. Following a tip-in by McDevitt, the Terriers would again pull to within a bucket, 87-85, with 14 seconds on the clock. But the Tigers connected on four more free-throws in the final seconds to secure the 91-85 victory.
Both teams shot well from the field with Wittenberg shooting 55.6 percent (30-of-54) and Hiram shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66).
Individually, the Tigers had four players in double figures led by Kevin Murray with 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Mark Snyder was second with 16 points followed by Gregg Hill and Brandan Barabino with 14 points each.
Hiram was led by McDevitt’s game-high 43 points on 15-of-22 shooting (68.2 percent), including six-of-nine (66.7 percent) from behind the arc and a perfect seven-of-seven from the charity stripe. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Two other Terriers scored in double figures with freshman guard Glenn Campbell (Copley/Buchtel) and Krajcikfinishing the game with 10 points each.
With his 43 points today, McDevitt now has 922 career points. He is 78 points away from becoming the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Hiram will play its next three games on the road beginning with a NCAC showdown against No. 18 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.