The Hiram College men’s basketball team lost to Ohio Wesleyan University, 91-53, today (Saturday, Jan. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Box]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC while the Battling Bishops improve to 8-4 overall and 3-1 NCAC.
Cold shooting in the first half by Hiram resulted in a large halftime deficit as the Terriers shot just 18.5 percent (five-of-27) in the period. Hiram never led in the game and a series of small scoring runs by the Bishops in the first stanza led to a sizeable 48-26 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, OWU continued to pull away and reached its largest lead of the game of 40 points, 91-51, with just under a minute remaining in the game en route to the 91-53 victory.
For the game, OWU shot 49.3 percent (35-of-71) from the field and held Hiram to just 25.0 percent (14-of-56) shooting.
Individually, the Bishops were led by Dustin Rudegeair with a game-high 23 points. He also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Three other OWU players scored in double figures with Kyle Holliday scoring 13 points, Andrew Martin tallied 11 points and Jesse Jean added 10 points.
Hiram was led by sophomore point guard Mike Staley (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) with 17 points on two-of-11 shooting (18.2 percent) and an outstanding 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) from the free-throw line. Senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) was the only other Terrier in double digits with 11 points. In addition, sophomore forward Jason Hebeisen (Strongsville) grabbed a team-best 10 boards.
Hiram concludes its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 16 against No. 20 nationally-ranked College of Wooster in a NCAC contest at Price Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.