Hiram College

The Hiram College men’s basketball team couldn’t quite overcome a 13-point second half deficit losing to Allegheny College, 80-76, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 13) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at the David V. Wise Center in Meadville, Pa. [Game Box]

With the loss, the Terriers have dropped their last five games and are now 7-15 overall and 4-9 in the NCAC. The Gators improve to 11-11 overall and 6-7 NCAC.

Allegheny never trailed in the game and led by as many as nine points in the first half, 21-12, at the 12:05 minute mark. Hiram battled back and later tied the game at 30-30 thanks to a three-pointer by junior forward Ian Pfouts (Green) with 5:21 to play before the intermission. The Gators never led by more than four points for the remainder of the period and had a narrow 41-39 advantage at halftime.

The game remained close for most of the second half, but a 13-2 scoring run by Allegheny gave the Gators their largest lead of the contest of 13 points for the first time with 7:58 to play in the game. Allegheny looked to have the game in hand, but Hiram would not go away quietly. The Terriers outscored Allegheny, 13-4, to pull to within a basket, 78-76, on another triple by Pfouts with just five seconds remaining. A pair of Allegheny free-throws in the final seconds ended the Hiram comeback and secured an 80-76 victory.

Both teams shot well from the floor with a slight edge going in favor of Hiram who shot 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from the floor and 42.1 percent (eight-of-19) from three-point range. Allegheny shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field.

Allegheny had five players score in double figures led by George Raftis with 16 points. Craig Devinney was second with 11 points and Ben Torsney, Bill Babe and Charlie Jaicks rounded out the Gator double-digit scorers with 10 points each.

Hiram was led by sophomore point guard Mike Staley’s (Perry/Mentor Lake Catholic) game-high 26 points on nine-of-20 shooting (45.0 percent). Pfouts and senior All-NCAC forward Mike McDevitt (Lisbon/David Anderson) were the only other Terriers in double figures with 12 points each. McDevitt also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

With his12 points tonight, McDevitt has now scored 970 career points. He is30 points away from becoming the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points.

Hiram returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 16 when it hosts Denison University in a NCAC-matchup at Price Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.